La Graciosa. This island is often called ”the eight island”. It takes about 25 minutes to get from Orzola to La Graciosa. There you can spend a whole day, biking and visiting the beach. We had a great time when we went with Lineas Romero to visit this unique island!
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La Graciosa – An easy-to-reach island
The small town of Orzola in Lanzarote is worth a visit on its own. But the main reason so many people come here is the island La Graciosa. This is the place where the ferry leaves for this beautiful island. Don’t be fooled in believing that this island is “same same” compared to Lanzarote. This is a unique place that has a lot to offer. The name La Graciosa means “The Pleasant one” and there are only about 700 people that live on the island.
And at the same time, we want to let you know that Orzola is a great town and that you should make sure to check it out and not just go there for the ferry to La Graciosa. In Orzola, we found an amazing beach where we ended up staying for a couple of nights. So make sure to take a look at this town too, even if we all know that the goal is to get over to the island that is just 25 minutes away.
Lineas Romero will get you there
A roundtrip ticket will set you back 20 euros. The ferry leaves several times a day but we recommend you take one of the first ferries out there. You can’t bring your car to La Graciosa. Only a few cars are allowed on the island and they are mostly taxis that can take you to the beach in case you can’t walk or ride a bike (or if you don’t feel like getting the exercise).
We decided to get the bike option and cycle around the island. If you are fit enough for it, this is the best way to explore. And there is a “must-see” on La Graciosa. According to me, this was a beautiful beach. According to Mini, it was one of the best he’s ever been to and that says a lot. We visited Flamenco beach (which is ranked one of the best in the world) and Mini still thought that this was better. But more about the beach later 😊.
Rent a bike in La Graciosa
The best way to explore the island is by far by bike. If you decide to walk it will take a lot longer and you won’t be able to see the highlights in one day. When the ferry arrives in Caleta Del Sebo, there are several places that rent out bikes. They are not your regular city bikes, the tires are a lot thicker so that you can ride the bike in the terrain. And here comes the “hard part”…
To be able to reach the magical beach, you will ride a bike on a dirt road for about 5 kilometers. And the road is not that easy to bike on. It is bumpy and sandy and rough in some places. To make it even a bit harder, be prepared to experience a small sandstorm every time a car passes you. Because the drivers on the island really drive like they have stolen the cars. No one has the cyclists in mind here and that is a shame and something that makes the bike ride even harder.
La Graciosa by bike
At first, I told Mini that I would rather walk but after a while, I was glad that we had the bikes because it would have taken forever otherwise. At some points, we were walking with the bikes because it was impossible to ride the bike on the bumpy roads. But all in all, you are better off with a bike.
One thing that I was surprised by was that you get the bikes without any locks. Apparently, there are no bike thieves on this island. We were a bit worried about leaving the bikes but we were fine. However, we read online that some people had gotten their bikes switched by others and got bikes with flat tires. Luckily enough that did not happen to us.
Playa de las Conchas
People spend a fortune flying to the Maldives or other magical places to see some amazing beaches. For 20 euros (and a ticket to Lanzarote) will get you a true paradise beach in La Graciosa. After the bike ride, you will find paradise. We were so lucky because the beach was totally empty when we got there. It was just incredible and beautiful. The most beautiful beach in all of Lanzarote (which this island is a part of even if it has its own name).
Here you can spend a couple of hours and just enjoy the beach and nature. There is no need for me to try to explain how beautiful this beach was – you can see the pictures and make your own perception.
Climb the Montana Bermeja
Close to the Playa de las Conchas, there is a mountain that is 157 meters high. You are allowed to climb it and it is well worth doing. We had no idea that we would be climbing a mountain so I did it in flip-flops (and I survived). I would recommend you wear sneakers during your visit to La Graciosa because that will make the hike a lot easier.
It took us about 20 minutes to reach the top and it was beautiful up there. You can see the beach from above and the view is stunning. Since I was walking in flip-flops, it was really hard for me to get down because the gravel was literary rolling under my feet. But like I said, it is still doable.
Enjoy Caleta Del Sebo
After we climbed the mountain, we biked back to Caleta Del Sebo (from where the Lineas Romero ferry comes and leaves) and returned the bikes. Then we strolled around in the small town while waiting for the ferry to take us back to Orzola.
In Caleta Del Sebo there are several restaurants and ice cream bars where you can relax and have a meal. If you want you can also stay at a hotel on the island and spend several days here. We liked it a lot and can truly recommend this place to everyone. It is easy to think that Lanzarote and La Graciosa are both the same but that is not true. La Graciosa is a piece of paradise and we can understand why they call it the eighth of the Canary Islands. And if you want a great overview of La Graciosa make sure to visit Mirador del Rio on the Lanzarote side.
Information about La Graciosa
Size: 8 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide.
Getting to the island: By ferry with Lineas Romero from Orzola. If you want you can also go there by Catamaran for an all-inclusive experience.
Price for the ferry: 20 euros per person – return ticket.
Price for bike rental: About 10 euros per person for the day.
Orzola – La Graciosa: 08:30, 10:00, 11;00, 12:00, 13:30, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00. During high season they also leave at 19:00 and 20:00.
La Graciosa – Orzola: 08:00, 08:40, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00. During high season they also leave at 18:00 and 19:00.
This trip was made as a collaboration with Lineas Romero and Turismo Lanzarote