La Graciosa is officially the eighth inhabited island of the Canary Islands

La Graciosa is officially the eighth inhabited island of the Canary Islands

When we talk about the Canary Islands there are people who stay with the seven major islands and forget the Chinijo Archipelago. That’s where La Graciosa is, which is officially the eighth inhabited island of the Canary Islands. Small but beautiful and of incomparable beauty.

This week the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities of the ** Senate has approved its recognition as an inhabited island **, and the Canarian Parliament and the Courts are urged to reform the Statute of the Canary Islands so that its existence and its new condition is very clear. This does not mean that it has its own legal entity since it depends administratively on Lanzarote.

All this roll comes to tell you that the beautiful island of La Graciosa, little known that is on top of Lanzarote has already “grown-up”, that it is recognized that it is an inhabited island as such can be witnessed by its more than 700 inhabitants … and The few tourists who like to go. As I said, it depends administratively on Teguise.

What is La Graciosa really like?

It is a complete paradise, a kind of oasis to forget about the rush around us. If you are looking for information about La Graciosa on the internet you will find rather little: its inhabitants, its membership in the Chinijo archipelago, its 27 km2 and this new feature that opens this week. But here we have investigated:

  • It is northwest of Lanzarote, on which it depends administratively and is separated by an arm of the sea known as El RΓ­o.
  • Except for the urban centers of the two inhabited nuclei, the island belongs to the State Heritage, managed by Natural Parks.
  • Its inhabitants are known as gracioseros.
  • It is one of the few places in Spain where there are no paved roads: all are sandy.
  • After El Hierro is the second island in the world to consume energy one hundred percent renewable. Until now I received electric power through an underground cable from Lanzarote.
  • It is a natural park since 1984, a marine reserve since 1995, and since 1992 one of the Unesco biosphere reserves

How do we get there and what can we do there?

The option is to fly to Lanzarote, to the Guacimeta airport and from there take 20 minutes by ferry that leaves from Orzola, in the north. That stretch of sea that crosses is called El RΓ­o, given its narrowness. Upon arriving at La Graciosa we find Caleta del Sebo, which is the place where all the hostels and restaurants on the island are.

Everything on the island is close, so the option of a day trip is always there. The temperatures are not extreme since it does not usually exceed 30 degrees in summer. There are marked hiking trails of the most pleasant that never exceed 15 kilometers or you can rent a bike and do it with all the calm. That is the word that should govern your entire visit to the island: calm, tranquility, zero stress.

Speaking of beaches we have La Cocina, with fresh green water and yellow cliffs, or Baja del Ganado, with white sands and transparent waters that form a huge contrast with the volcanic rocks that surround it. If yours are those lunar landscapes and full of dunes, the chosen one has to be the Amber Beach. The absolute solitude would be the virgin beach of La Caleta de San Pedro Barba.

If you like diving and snorkeling it is also a great place: spectacular crystalline water bottoms and 18 degrees of water temperature. As international fishing is prohibited in its waters there are many local species: mullets, peepers, groupers, sargos, labrids or lobsters from the Canary Islands that roam freely between crabs and barnacles.

Visit it, respect it and enjoy this wonder that we have so close.

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