Graciosa (Canary Islands)
Graciosa (also called La Graciosa) is a volcanic island and one of the 8 inhabited islands of the Canary Islands archipelago which administratively belongs to Spain.
Caleta de Sebo— The largest settlement with ca. 600 inhabitants, and unofficial capital of the island.It is also the largest settlement within the Chinijo Archipelago National Park. It around 750, corresponding to 99% of the islands population.
In recent years, tourists have discovered Caleta de Sebo as one of the few places on the Canary Islands that somehow managed to remain untouched by mass tourism — the absence of an airfield on the island being the main reason. Nonetheless, tourism has surpassed fishing as main source of income, and many of the characteristic white houses offer bed and breakfast facilities to visitors.
Casas de Pedro Barba— The northernmost settlement of the Canary Islands, and the closest to the Iberian Peninsula at ca. 1034 km from Cape Trafalgar. It was the first settlement on the island, founded in the 1880s around a fish-pickling factory.
By boatThe only practical way to get to the island is by boat, and there is a regular ferry connection ( 4 times a day) from Orzola (Lanzarote) to Graciosa's only . Ferry travel time is 30 minutes and costs €20 for a round trip.
By swimmingThe sea strait between Lanzarote and La Graciosa is only 1 km wide at its narrowest point, so if the water is calm, swimming to the harbour of Caleta de Sebo is feasible for the trained swimmer!
By helicopterThere is a 300 m west of the town. It's advisable to request a landing permit beforehand, as the heliport is usually occupied with a medical emergency helicopter.
Only roads in the capital city Caleta de Sebo are paved, the other roads on the island are dirt roads. There is a track connecting Caleta de Sebo with Casas de Pedro Barba through the inland, or a 5 km coastal walk trail.
There are rental opportunities for mountain bikes in Caleta de Sebo, as well as safari taxis. There is no organized public transport.
Church of Our Lady of Carmenaddress: Calle Garcia Escaméz, Caleta de SeboThe church on La Graciosa, completed in 1945 and dedicated to Our Lady Carmen, the patron saint of Caleta de Sebo. It was consecrated as parish church in 1993. The altar stands out because of its numerous decoration elements drawing inspiration from the marine traditions of the city, most notably the main altar is in the shape of a fishing boat. There a references to the Virgin of Candelaria, the patron of the Canary Islands.
phone: +34 928 177 461address: Calle Margarona 27, Caleta de SeboA tiny museum with well laid out exhibits on the geography and history of the Chinijo archipelago (of which La Graciosa is the largest island), with a focus on the traditional production of aloe and salt, as well as marine life. Offers a wealth of information on the history and management of the marine reserve.
Harbouraddress: Avenida Virgin del Mar, Caleta de SeboWatch colourful fishing boats dock in the harbour, and unload their catch directly into the kitchens of the numerous excellent fish restaurants around the docks.
phone: +34 629 45 14 30address: Avenida Virgen del Mar 119A, Caleta de SeboOrganizes diving excursions, with boat and gear provided. Recommended for experienced divers only.
Las Conchas BeachOne of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches of the Canary Islands, if not already alone for the fact that you'll probably be the only visitor there! With 610 m of white sand, it is one of the few remaining paradises on the archipelago.
Playa La FrancesA sandy beach at the southern shores of the island.
Mount ScarletA dormant volcano, and the northernmost peak on the island. It was named after the iron rich minerals embedded in the basalt rock that makes up most of the higher regions of the volcano. It can be climbed with a relatively steep path over basalt rock.
Supermercado Margarita Páezphone: +43 928 84 21 00address: Calle Margarona 19Local convenience store.
Sancocho is a fish stew, prepared with salted fish, potatoes and/or sweet potatoes, and served with bread baked with the local gofio flour. Added to it is mojo, the most famous sauce in Canarian cuisine, of which 2 varieties exist: red (based on tomatoes, red peppers, and paprika), and green (with coriander, garlic, oil and vinegar). Red mojo (mojo rojo) is generally spicier than the green variant.
Many restaurants on La Graciosa will serve the catch of the day, which is just about the freshest fish you can imagine. Sardines, tuna, sea brass, and shellfish named lapas are very popular. The latter are typically prepared on a grill and dizzled in green mojo sauce. Less common are clacas, another native molluscs species with a more pronounced ocean taste.
Restaurante Girasolphone: +43 610 76 82 21address: Avenida Virgen del Mar 99, Caleta de SeboMediterranean restaurant with a variety of Spanish dishes (paella, filled peppers, goat cheese, ...).
Tasquita El Caletonphone: +34 619 77 04 44address: Avenida de La Virgen del Mar 53, Caleta de SeboUnpretentious restaurant with a savoury fish of the day, and a view over the beach.
El Verilphone: +43 622 05 12 67address: Avenida Virgen del Mar 93, Caleta de SeboSmall bar with local beers and fresh tapas. The ideal place to wait for the ferry to return to Orzola.
Bar El Saladeroaddress: Avenida de la Virgen del Mar 107, Caleta de SeboBar serving cold beers, toast, and tapas.
Pedro Barba Vacation Villasaddress: Caserio Pedro Barba 16, 35540 Pedro BarbaA group of 16 rental villas in the historic centre of Pedro Barba.
Evita Beach Apartamentosphone: +43 616 39 69 49address: Avenida de la Virgen del Mar 59, Caleta de SeboLaid back apartment hotel with a view over the Atlantic Ocean, on a 5 minute walk from the ferry dock.
Apartamentos El Marineroaddress: Avenida Virgen de Mar 45, Caleta de SeboApartments for 4 guests or more, with a view over the harbour.
Casita del Rio 2address: Nueva España 33, Caleta de SeboGuest house hosted by Adrian Fisk, one of the guides on the island.