La Graciosa Lanzarote is located just off the north-west coast of the island, where you will find a group of small islands.. They are known as the “Archipielago Chinijo”, which were designated a National Park in 1984, and then declared a Marine Reserve in 1995. It is the largest Marine Reserve in Europe and its aim is to ensure sustainable exploitation of fish. There are four islands in the Archipielago Chinijo: Roque del Este, Alegranza, Moñtana Clara (which are all uninhabited) and the biggest is La Graciosa Lanzarote.
The island has an area of just 29 square km, (8km long and 4km wide). It is an arid island, with little vegetation. Desalinated water is piped to the island from Lanzarote. The highest point, at 266 metres, is Agujas Grandes. The sandy, golden beaches on the island are called Playa Francesca and Playa de las Conchas. Inland, La Graciosa is made up of volcanic terrain and dunes.
There are two small fishing settlements. One is called Caleta del Sebo, where the boat terminal is; and the other is called Pedro Barba, which is mainly a collection of holiday homes. Around 700 people live on the island, most in Caleta del Sebo, so there are limited services including a school, supermarkets, a medical center, a chemist, bars, etc.
La Graciosa Lanzarote Boat Timings
It is possible to catch a boat from the small settlement of Orzola on the coast of Lanzarote, and have a day out on La Graciosa, as it is the place to go to enjoy the silence, the nature and the solitary landscape and beaches. The sea channel between the two is called El Rio (the river) and is 2km wide, although the boat doesn’t go the direct route and takes about 40 minutes to do the crossing. The boat times are:
From Orloza – 08.30, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00 and in the Summer months at 19.00 and 20.00.
From Graciosa – 08.00, 08.40, 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00 and in the Summer months at 18.00 and 19.00.
The prices for a return journey are 20€ for adults and 11€ for children (at Oct 2015).
It is also possible to go on catamaran excursions to the island from Lanzarote, which incorporate a lunch, drinks, snorkeling and kayaks.
Because of its size, it is ideal for walkers or cyclists (bikes are available for hire in Caleta del Sebo) to go round in one day. No motor vehicles are allowed, except ones with special licenses, and there are no proper tarmac roads, which make it unique in Europe. There is a recommended walk around La Graciosa, Lanzarote to explore the island. It is a distance of 18km and takes 4 hours. The walk goes from the ferry point in Caleta del Sebo and heads towards Las Ajujas and the Pedro Barba ridge which combine to make the mountain in the centre of the island. There are two volcanoes on either side of the track, and these are the Pedro Barba and Mojon. From the north of the island, the other islands can be seen – Montaña Clara and Alegranza.
The island is overlooked from Lanzarote by the viewpoint of the Mirador del Rio, but there are excellent views from La Graciosa Lanzarote in the opposite direction towards the Riscos de Famara, which are the high cliffs.
La Graciosa Lanzarote celebrates the Fiesta of Nuestra Señora del Carmen on the 16th July, and there is a Carnival celebration in late February or March.