Where is La Graciosa located?
La Graciosa is part of the Canary Islands archipelago Chinijo, located to the northeast of Lanzarote. An arm of the sea of one kilometer of width and of few meters of depth known as El Río separates it from this island. The ferries of Líneas Romero sail along El Río, connecting the towns of Caleta de Sebo, in La Graciosa, with Orzola, on the island of Lanzarote.
La Graciosa depends administratively on Lanzarote and belongs to the province of Las Palmas, along with the islets of Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Alegranza. It stretches for 29 km ² and has only two towns: La Caleta del Sebo and Las Casas de Pedro Barba. In total, about 700 people live on this small island.
La Caleta del Sebo is the island capital and belongs to the municipality of Teguise, Lanzarote. Its main economic activities are tourism and fishing and it is the only permanently inhabited place on the island. Las Casas de Pedro Barba was the place chosen for the first settlements of the island, where a fish salting factory was located in 1880. It is the heart of northern population of all Canaries, and the closest one to the Iberian Peninsula. The distance between this town and the European continent is 1034 km to the Cape of Trafalgar.
La Graciosa was conquered in 1402 by the Norman explorer Juan de Bethencourt, under the vassalage of Henry III of Castile. It is a wild island, where time seems to have stopped, there are a few buildings, few inhabitants and unpaved roads.
A treasure hidden under the sea
La Graciosa is a part of the Marine Reserve of the Chinijo Archipelago. With 70,700 hectares, it is the largest marine reserve in Europe and an area of outstanding scenic value.
This reserve is home to the largest marine biodiversity in the Canaries. It was created in 1995 with the objective of guaranteeing the sustainable exploitation of the fishing resources. Among other protection measures, all types of sea fishing and the extraction of live species are prohibited, with exceptions for recreational fishing at a distance of more than 2 miles.
In the east area of La Graciosa there are three mountains of gentle height. The highest peak is Las Agujas, 266 meters of altitude. To the south, there are many beaches with golden sands, such as the Kitchen and the French.
Although it also has a heliport, the island is accessible only from the sea. The ferries of Líneas Romero to La Graciosa are the best option to discover this treasure in the middle of the Atlantic. And if you want to truly live this experience, Líneas Romero also offers excursions full of fun activities, so you can get to know La Graciosa in the most enjoyable way.
Escape and enjoy nature in its purest form. In the world there are few corners like this… Take advantage of this opportunity!