Three special islands and two islets
What si and where is the Chinijo Archipielago
The archipelago is formed from the islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montana Clara and the islets of Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste, which is also known as Roque del Infierno, but of all of them La Graciosa is the largest and only inhabited one.
The ChinIjo archipielago , which means little, is a protected natural habitat and a unique virgin landscape of volcanic origin, which together form part of the Parque Natural Martitimo-Terrestrial del Archipielago Chinijo. What is more, is its waters are protected by the Reserva Maritima Isla Graciosa and Isletes del Norte de Lanzarote, being one of the most important and largest marine reserves in Europe, with 70,700 hectares.
Both Alegranza, which is the second island in size, and Montana Clara, are privately owned, and cannot be visited without prior permission and compliance with tems of use.
An unique environment in Spain
Chinijo Archipielago Natural Park
The islands and islets of the Chinijo Archipielago, together with the coastal strip of Lanzarote, that overhang “El Rio” – the strait between La Graciosa and Lanzarote, have been protected areas within the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park from 1984 and one of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves since 1993.
These islands are of huge biological importance. It is one of the points of Europe with the highest concentration of endemic plants and is home to the most important species of seabirds and raptors in the Canary Islands, many of them at risk and protected.
Not only is it a passage point for migratory birds, but also a nesting centre, and due to its characteristics and abundance of fish, it makes a unique habitat and refuge, where numerous seabirds and raptors make their breeding colonies in the islets, creating an interesting point of scientific study.
For these reasons, this natural and sustainable paradise needs the tourists that visit to be very respectful of the environment, and not to change it, stick to the paths and follow certain rules for its conservation.
Europe’s Largest Marine Reserve
Chinijo Archipelago Marine Reserve
The largest marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and one of the most important marine reserves in Europe is located right here, on the island of La Graciosa and one the rest of the islands and islets of the Chinijo archipelago.
That is why in 1995 in order to protect and to allow the regeneration of fish stocks and sea beds, the Reserva Marina de la Graciosa and Isletes del Norte was born, spreading these values and in addition assuring the maintenance of the traditional activity of artisanal fishing.
The aim is to protect a maritime environment that is one of the richest and most varied in the Canary Islands, so recreational activities, boats, and professional sea fishing are limited and controlled.
It is a marine reserve with a spectacular amount of species and a rich ecosystem where diving and discovering the wonders of the Atlantic Ocean become a unique experience.