If you visit one of the main attractions in the north of Lanzarote, Mirador del Rio, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Isla Graciosa just off the coast. If you want to visit the island you need to get to Orzola where you can catch a passenger ferry for the 25-30 minute crossing which costs 20 euros return (no cars permitted). They run about eight of them per day, first one out 8.30am, last one back 6.00pm however check locally for seasonal times. There are possibly smaller private hires available.
Our crossing at around 11.30am was quiet in terms of the number of passengers and the sea - from information in our guidebook we’d been expecting it to be a bit choppy but luckily this wasn’t the case. A drink of water and a boiled sweet were thoughtfully provided to everyone on board by a crew member for the outward and return journeys - better than most airlines these days!
The sail gives a good opportunity to see the northern coastline and the towering cliffs of Lanzarote.
The port at Isla Graciosa and main town is Caleta del Sebo. The harbour shelters lots of smaller boats and yachts and there are a small number of white painted buildings spread out behind this area. Beyond here it’s sand with a few volcanic looking mountains rising above - there is another village along the coast however it is apparently not permanently inhabited.
The immediate area around the harbour is well organised and there are two or three bars/restaurants and local food stores. Cycle hire is also available however there are no surfaced roads on the island, just tracks across the sand, so we decided just to walk on the basis that you‘d probably need to have legs like Chris Hoy to get anywhere on a bike. With hindsight, if available for hire, a quad bike or a lift in one of the island’s Land Rovers would be best for going any distance. There seemed to be arrangements for those staying at accommodation on the island to be picked up and dropped off at the harbour as we saw lots of activity with people, baggage, etc.
With limited time we headed left from the harbour and beyond the town and campsite to Playa de el Salado. There is no natural shelter from the sun and as it was very hot on the day we visited we didn’t get far before deciding to pick our spot on the beach. It would have been good to have had a beach parasol. The coast here has some rocks between the shore and the sea so it’s not ideal for swimming however it is possible. There were a few people around but not many. When I’d wandered down to the water at one point and my wife followed to take some photos, she noticed some passers-by taking a keen interest in our rucksacks next to our beach towels and had to return. The suggestion would be not to be forgetful of any valued possessions just in case. It could have been worse - a guy a bit further down the beach had left his clothes by his towel and gone skinny dipping. It might have been embarrassing walking back to the village bare naked, although perhaps not - the island apparently has a great tolerance for and attracts naturists. It’s easy to see why I suppose because with few visitors able to get much beyond Caleta del Sebo there are presumably plenty of secluded beaches on the island which provide an opportunity to relax.
It looks as if it would be a good place to “get away from it all” but you would need to be prepared to carry all you need (water, food, tissues, etc) if moving beyond the harbour - there are basic facilities (toilets & showers) at the campsite however nothing else out of town. It would take a few days to explore the island in the absence of transport and some areas are out of bounds as part of the nature reserve.
At time of writing the location map on TA is incorrectly showing the island on Gran Canaria.
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