La Graciosa (meaning “the funny one” in Spanish) is an islet located 2 km north of Lanzarote, accessible by a 35 minute ferry ride from the port village of Orzola, at the northern end of Lanzarote.
It is part of an archipelago of 5 islets and is the biggest and only populated one, with roughly 700 inhabitants.
The island consists of the only town and port, Caleta de Sebo, where most of the indigenous locals live. The popularity of the island has grown incredibly (like north Lanzarote), over the past ten years and is now a very popular holiday destination, especially for sunbathers as there is bugger all else to do.
As you step off the ferry you are welcomed by the miles of unspoilt beaches along the volcanic coastline that this tiny gem has to offer.
The town has several bars and restaurants specialising in freshly caught fish which you will see being wheelbarrowed from the boats to the restaurants. Just ask for the fish of the day.
Biking is the best way to travel around and there are a few bike hire shops.
The roads and streets are unpaved, just sandy walkways. Motor vehicles are strictly prohibited and there are only a handful of licensed vehicles, 4-wheel drives for transporting to the north of the island.
Of course, if you get seasick and prefer to stay on Lanzarote instead, you can see the island from the Mirador del Río, a beautiful viewpoint in the north of the island created by Cesar Manrique that looks over the ‘river’ between Lanzarote and La Graciosa.