La Graciosa is the smallest and most secluded of Spain's Canary Islands. The little unspoiled paradise boasts some heavenly beaches and is ideal for a relaxing day trip from Lanzarote. In our travel guide, you will find everything you need to know about La Graciosa: how to get there, best beaches, where to stay and what to do on the island. Book a day trip to La Graciosa from Lanzarote and discover this hidden gem of the Atlantic!
La Graciosa is the smallest of the Canary Islands
Holidays in La Graciosa
Whether you want to go on an exciting day trip from Lanzarote or you’re looking for a relaxing holiday close to nature, La Graciosa is the place for you! With approximately 730 inhabitants and no mass tourism or asphalt roads, the small peaceful island is the perfect destination to avoid the crowds and truly disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Time moves slower on this idyllic island of the Canaries, which stands out for its gorgeous untouched beaches, unique volcanic landscapes and rich marine life. Adventure lovers can enjoy exciting outdoor activities, from mountain biking and hiking to scuba diving. And if you're looking for a little thrill, you can also go on a jeep safari to discover La Graciosa's highlights!
How to get to La Graciosa
The only way to get to La Graciosa is by ferry from Lanzarote. There are several crossings per day and the journey takes about 30 minutes. Ferries from Lanzarote to La Graciosa depart from the port of Órzola in the north of the island and arrive in Caleta de Sebo.
You can find more information about La Graciosa ferry schedules and tickets here.
Things to do in La Graciosa
With its minimal tourism development and impressive wild landscapes, La Graciosa is a place where you can truly unwind and connect with nature. There are hardly any cars on the island, so you can explore the amazing beaches and unique natural wonders on foot or by bike. The crystal-clear waters invite you in to swim and discover the mysteries of the deep.
If you prefer to see the island without breaking a sweat, you can always take one of the 4x4 taxis that offer tours of La Graciosa. Or go on a boat trip to swim in the stunning turqoise waters of the marine reserve that surrounds the island. And for those who just want to relax and take it easy, La Graciosa's unspoiled beaches are great for some quiet time by the sea.
Sounds exciting? Read on to find out all you need to know about your trip, including travel tips, useful information as well as what to do and what to see in La Graciosa.
The amazing turquoise waters of La Graciosa
Beaches in La Graciosa
La Graciosa is home to some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the Canary Islands. There, you can spend quiet days playing with the soft golden sand and swimming in the fantastic turquoise waters. And with barely any tourists around, you will be able to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery in total peace.
Some of the best La Graciosa beaches are:
- La Francesa: this stunning beach is located on the south coast of La Graciosa, just 2km from Caleta de Sebo. With the soft white sand and spectacular turquoise waters, the scenery will remind you of the Caribbean. When the tide comes in, it creates a shallow lagoon, which is ideal for snorkeling and for children to swim. The beach also offers incredible views of Lanzarote's northern coastline and the Famara cliffs.
To get to La Francesa, you can walk along the coast from the port (about 35 minutes) or bike (20-30 minutes). Alternatively, the 4x4 taxis take only 5 minutes to reach the beach. Since the beach is close to Caleta de Sebo and is also frequented by private and tourist boats, it can get a bit crowded during the day. If you want to enjoy the tranquility and beautiful colors of the sunset, we suggest going there after 5pm.
- Las Conchas: located at the foot of mountain Bermeja in the north of La Graciosa, Las Conchas is the most idyllic beach on the island. While the strong currents may prevent you from swimming in the amazing turquoise waters, it is definitely worth visiting the heavenly pristine beach to marvel at the breathtaking volcanic landscape and feel a true sense of freedom. Not to mention the spectacular views of the islet of Montaña Clara!
The easiest way to reach Las Conchas is to take a 4x4 taxi (about 10 minutes from the port). You can also bike there (around 45 minutes from the port), but bear in mind that the rocky path might be physically demanding. If you feel like hiking, the walk from Caleta de Sebo takes about 2 hours.
- El Salado: this beautiful beach is one of the most accessible in La Graciosa. It takes only 15 minutes to reach it on foot from Caleta de Sebo and the coastal path offers spectacular views of Lanzarote. If you decide to cycle to El Salado, bear in mind that you might have to get off your bike and walk part of the route due to the accumulated sand.
Like the other beaches on the south coast of La Graciosa, El Salado has calm crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming. The golden sand and gorgeous landscape will enchant you. If you feel like watching the glorious sunset and sleeping under the starry sky, the beach has the only campsite on the island.
- La Cocina:
- La Laja
Tip: bear in mind that most beaches in La Graciosa have no amenities, so make sure that you bring lots of water, snacks and anything else you might need to spend a few hours or the entire day on the beach.
Activities in La Graciosa
Despite its small size, La Graciosa offers plenty of outdoor activities. The main attraction of the island is the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park that is a Special Protection Area for many animal species. In addition, frequent excursions with a catamaran and a tour guide are also available, so you can visit the beaches that are only accessible through the sea.
The old volcano of the Yellow Mountain creates a beautiful contrast with the crystal clear waters that surround the island.
The Yellow Mountain of La Graciosa.
Useful information for La Graciosa
The port of La Graciosa is connected with Lanzarote by ferry and it is located near the settlement of Caleta de Sebo. Along with Pedro Barba, these are the main settlements of the island, where there are accommodation options and basic amenities for visitors.
The best way to get around the island and explore the landscape and beaches is by bike. You can bring your own on the ferry or you can rent one in Caleta de Sebo. Don’t forget to bring necessary beach equipment like umbrellas, beach towels and sunscreens, as there are no facilities at La Graciosa beaches.
Ferry schedules and ferry tickets for La Graciosa
Lanzarote is the only way to get to La Graciosa by ferry. The route connects the port of Orzola de Lanzarote with the port of Caleta de Sebo. A total of 19 daily crossings operate for this connection. The duration of the ferry trip is about 30min and the crossings are operated by the ferry companies Lineas Maritimas Romero and Biosfera Express.
You can visit the Ferryhopper Lanzarote - La Graciosa page or contact the port of Orzola at +34 928 842 582 for more information about the trip!
View of the island of La Graciosa from the sea.
Where to book ferry tickets to La Graciosa?
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