La Graciosa Island

Even though I never planned to make this blog a travel blog, I was so impressed by the tiny but spectacular Canarian island of La Graciosa that I felt I had to share a few photos with you.

There are only a few hundred people living on that island which probably enjoys some of the sunniest weather in Canary Islands. We spent there a few sun-filled days, during which we could watch the neighbouring island, Lanzarote, covered with clouds.

There are no tarmac roads, only sand, and there are a few 4×4 cars which serve as taxis. Nevertheless, there are a few shops, a pharmacy, a doctor’s, a few restaurants, cafes and even a disco. But they are only in the sole village on the Island, Caleta de Sebo, so if you set out on a hiking trip across or around the island, take enough food and water with you.

Apart from the breathtaking views (especially for fans of desert-like landscapes) there are paradisaic beaches, which are almost empty. We never saw more than 20 people on a beach at the same time.

We would describe the atmosphere of the place as very relaxed and quite hippie and it is a perfect place if you want to chill out from urban haste.

Aunque nunca iba a hacer posts sobre viajes, me encanté tanto por una pequeńa pero maravillosa isla canaria de La Graciosa, que sentí la necesidad de compartir con vosotros algunas fotos de allí.
Solo unos cientos gente reside en esa isla, que probablemente reza el tiempo mas soleado en Islas Canarias, como la región de Mogán and Arguineguín en Gran Canaria. Pasamos allí unos días llenos de sol. Durante ese tiempo observamos la isla vecina, Lanzarote, cubierta por nubes.En La Graciosa no hay carreteras de asfalto, solo arena y tienen allí unos coches de todo terreno que sirven de taxis. No obstante, encontrarás allí algunas tiendas, una farmacia, centro de salud, unos restaurantes y cafeterías e incluso una discoteca. Pero todo eso encuentra se solo en el único pueblo en la isla, Caleta de Sebo, así que si quieres ponerte en camino hacía otro lado de la isla, o alrededor de ella, lleva bastante cominda y agua contigo.
Aparte de las vistas impresionantes (especialmente para admiradores de paisajes desiertos) la isla goza de playas paradisíacas, que además son casi vacías. Nosotros nunca vimos más que 20 personas en una playa a la vez.
Describiríamos el ambiente de ese lugar como muy relajado y bastante hippie, por eso es un lugar perfecto si quieres tomarte las cosas con calma y descansar de la prisa de que hay tanto en las ciudades.

 A typical street in Caleta de Sebo - the only village on La Graciosa.

A typical street in Caleta de Sebo – the only village on La Graciosa.

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Playa Amarilla

Playa Francesa

The cliffs in the background are Lanzarote - one of the most famous among Canary Islands.

Bahia del Salado. The cliffs in the background are Lanzarote – one of the most famous among Canary Islands.

La Graciosa

Caleta de Sebo with Lanzarote in the background.

Caleta de Sebo with Lanzarote in the background.

Playa de la Cocina and Montańa Amarilla - The Kitchen Beach and The Yellow Mountain :)

Playa de la Cocina and Montańa Amarilla – The Kitchen Beach and The Yellow Mountain 🙂

La Aguja Grande - a volcano, the highest point  on La Graciosa.

La Aguja Grande – a volcano, the highest point on La Graciosa.

Hiking is one of the best pastimes on La Graciosa.

Hiking is one of the best pastimes on La Graciosa.

The "rock" on the horizon is Montańa Clara - a desert island...

The “rock” on the horizon is Montańa Clara – a desert island…

A mythical prehistoric lizard on a beach on La Graciosa!

A mythical prehistoric lizard on a beach on La Graciosa!

Caleta de Sebo with Lanzarote in the background.

Caleta de Sebo with Lanzarote in the background.

Montańa Berneja

Montańa Berneja and an example of local flora.

 The paradisaic Playa de las Conchas

The paradisaic Playa de las Conchas

On the top of  Montaña Bermeja

On the top of Montaña Bermeja

La Graciosa Montaña Bermeja La Graciosa Montaña Bermeja

Pedro Barba  - a tiny settlement a few kilometres from Caleta de Sebo. There were only homes. No shops, no cafes or anything. But every house had a garden with black volcanic gravel instead of a grass lawn. On the horizon, Lanzarote with the village of Órzola (on the left).

Pedro Barba – a tiny settlement a few kilometres from Caleta de Sebo. There are only homes. No shops, no cafes or anything. But every house has a garden with black volcanic gravel instead of a grass lawn. On the horizon, Lanzarote with the village of Órzola (on the left).

Back in Caleta de Sebo - the church

Back in Caleta de Sebo – the church

La Graciosa Caleta de Sebo

 

La Graciosa Caleta de SeboThe onlly way to get to La Graciosa is by a small ferry going a few times a day between Órzola on Lanzarote and La Graciosa.

A ferry that goes between  Órzola on Lanzarote and the wharf in Caleta de Sebo on La Graciosa.

The ferry that goes between Órzola on Lanzarote and the wharf in Caleta de Sebo on La Graciosa.

A view from the wharf.

A view from the wharf.

Probably the shrimps of my life: Gambas a La Santa, served in the restaurant “El Marinero”
gambas

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