9 fun activities to do on the island of La Graciosa

Plans to do in La Graciosa

20 - Jun - 2023

Visiting the island of La Graciosa is a unique experience, an island with a truly special attraction, and which, luckily, is very close to Lanzarote.  

La Graciosa is located to the north of the island of Lanzarote, just 20 minutes from Órzola port, where you can take a Líneas Romero ferry and reach Caleta de Sebo in the blink of an eye.  

Its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, colourful mountains and quaint, traditional villages are the jewel in the Canarian crown.  

Visiting the island is a must for your trip, so we offer you a program with 9 fun activities to do on the island of La Graciosa: 

1. The quintessential La Graciosa postcard 

When you get to La Francesa beach, you’ll see why the people of La Graciosa are so lucky. This spectacular beach is a must-see, and is only 3 kilometres from Caleta de Sebo. 

The route to the place is a visual delight, as you can reach la Francesa Beach on foot or by bike, while appreciating the breathtaking views of Risco de Famara.  

To get to La Francesa beach, you take the sandy path that starts in Caleta de Sebo, a 30-minute walk that is sure to impress you. As connoisseurs of La Graciosa, we know that often the solajero (def.   solajero: Sun or very intense heat) can make the journey harder, so the island also has a 4×4 taxi service to make it easier to get around. 

Visiting La Francesa is crucial to understand La Graciosa’s fame, a white sandy beach with crystalline waters in shades of blue and turquoise that merge from the shore into the sea.   

2. La Cocina beach and the sharpness of its contrasts 

Coming to La Graciosa without visiting La Cocina beach is like eating papas arrugadas without mojo, it’s like missing out on the real magic of the experience. 

La Cocina beach, better known colloquially as Montaña Amarilla beach because of its location at the foot of the Montaña Amarilla volcano, one of the main landmarks of the island, is about 15 minutes away from La Francesa beach.  

The main attraction for locals and visitors to this beach is that you can lie down and rest on the soco (Def.  The word soco is used in Canarian Spanish with the following meanings:  1. Place or spot sheltered from the prevailing winds), as the height of the volcano helps to shelter the beach from the wind. Another of its charms is the unusual yellow and blue appearance of the place, a unique contrast that photographers and tourists do not fail to capture.  

3. Pedro Barba, the first settlement on the island 

As well as sand and sea, La Graciosa also boasts a rich history.  

The history of the small village of Pedro Barba is very curious. The eponymous Pedro Barba was a businessman at the beginning of the 20th century who started up a fish salting factory in the area. Later on, this business would go bankrupt and its inhabitants would begin to depopulate the area and settle in Caleta de Sebo. As a result, Pedro Barba will always be fondly remembered by the people of La Graciosa for having been the most important core of the island’s economy.  

To recall this beautiful story, it is a good idea to stroll through the streets of Pedro Barba. This little fishing village is a very peaceful place, and among its most outstanding corners is the pier, a spot where islanders and tourists come together to enjoy the gentle sea breeze and the rolling waves. 

4. Cycling routes for the more adventurous 

Bicycle routes are another of the most popular choices of visitors to the island, and La Graciosa has the best routes for you to enjoy on two wheels. 

The unpaved roads and the good location of each of the places to visit make this sporting activity one of the favourites by popular demand, as it lets you reach every corner of the island, without limitations. 

If you want to venture out and cycle along these roads, you will find two main routes: the southern route to La Francesa beach (about 5 km), and the northern route to Pedro Barba and Las Conchas beach (14 km). 

5. La Graciosa and its local gastronomy 

You can also fall in love with La Graciosa through your stomach. 

This small island has the privilege of living surrounded by an immense ocean, giving us a wide range of gastronomic options thanks to the fresh fish of the area.  

The most common fish to try in La Graciosa are sea bream, bocinegro or vieja. But the fact is that not only will you be surprised by the authentic sea flavour of the freshly caught fish, but you can also enjoy the side dishes in the purest Canarian style, such as papas arrugadas con mojo, cheeses, or gofio 

If you are still not convinced by our local gastronomy, we should mention that in the restaurants in Caleta de Sebo you will find a wide variety of dishes, such as grilled meats, rice dishes, salads and all kinds of side dishes.  

As a recommendation from the host, we suggest that you accompany your meals with good company and toast with a good local wine, such as the wine from the island of Lanzarote.

6. Dive into La Graciosa, Europe’s largest marine reserve 

If our proposed itinerary has not yet surprised you, I assure you that diving in La Graciosa and its largest marine reserve in Europe will. 

Many visitors come to the island to admire it from its depths, another view of La Graciosa that turns its marine environment into an incomparable space. 

For all these reasons and more, if you love the deep blue sea, diving into the cold waters of La Graciosa will give you the privilege of admiring a unique seabed. In fact, you can see a variety of marine fauna coexisting in an environment full of caves, tunnels and colourful coral reefs. 

 7. The north-facing beach 

If you thought you had seen it all, the setting around Las Conchas Beach will surprise you. 

This wild beach, known as Las Conchas Beach, is the furthest beach from the centre of town as it is located in the north of the island. This fact is what makes Las Conchas beach so unique and special: it is an authentic paradise beach with fine white sand and crystal clear waters, an hour away from the usual crowds of tourists that are often found on the island. 

Las Conchas beach overlooks the islet of Montaña Clara, and is well known for its strong waves, a fact that does not always encourage visitors to bathe, but that highlights the true wild character of the place. 

8. The Chinijo Museum, the only one on the island 

The only museum on La Graciosa is the Chinijo Museum, a small museum that displays a wide range of information about the Chinijo archipelago, the local fauna and the salt flats.  

To get to the museum you have to go to the Caleta de Sebo church, as just behind it you will find this particular gallery which is well worth a visit to learn a little more about the history of the island and the customs of the people of La Graciosa.  

9. The catamaran route, guaranteed enjoyment 

Although the island of La Graciosa is already famous for its breathtaking scenery, seeing it from the perspective of a boat is a unique experience. That’s why enjoying a catamaran ride on the island’s southern waters has become a must on your visit. 

In fact, the excursion can be booked from Caleta de Sebo or Órzola (Lanzarote) through Líneas Romero.  

This unique experience will allow you to appreciate the whole of the Chinijo archipelago and enjoy water activities in a unique setting.