La Graciosa’s beaches

La Francesa
La Cocina
Las Conchas
Del Ámbar
Del Salado
De la Laja

La Francesa Beach in La Graciosa

In the direction of Montana Amarilla and across from Playa del Salado we find what is considered to be one of the best beaches due to its waters and its jable, in the south part of La Graciosa, Playa de La Francesa.

With incredible views of Lanzarote’s northern coastline and the Famara cliffs it is divided into two parts and separated by a small rocky weir. There are 435m of white sand and spectacular turquoise waters, with very little swell, that has nothing to envy of Caribbean beaches. An exceptional place to enjoy with friends, as a couple or with the family and children.

One of the curiosities of the beach is that when the tide is high the beach turns into a veritable lagoon, ideal for snorkeling, seeing multitudes of varied fish, and enjoying the clearness of its waters. Therefore we recommend you take a snorkel and goggles in your bag as well as your water, food, sunscreen and anything else you might need to spend a few hours or the entire day, as like the rest of the beaches on the island there are no services whatsoever. There are no showers or beach bars that we are used to finding on more touristy beaches.

 

How to get to Playa de La Francesa

There is an anchorage zone for tourist boats and at midday small private boats and sailing boats usually arrive to enjoy these wonderful waters, as well as the catamaran excursions that anchor here so that tourists can do water activities or go to the beach.

Being close to Caleta de Sebo, just 2km, about a 35- minute walk, 20 to 30 minutes by bike or 5 minutes in a taxi, it is usually quite crowded and is not as quiet as the rest of the island, as this is where most tourists come to spend the day – as well as being the anchorage point for catamarans and sailing boats.

Only from five in the afternoon, when all boats, excursions, and people who have arrived on the island to spend the day have left, is the beach with few people and the tranquility, relaxation and colours of the sunset can be enjoyed in calm waters. A truly visual spectacle.

In case it is packed renting a 4×4 is the best way to get there, if not walking is the best way along the coast and across the Bahia del Salado. Bicycle is a way of accessing but you will have to get off the bike and walk on part of the road, as there is an area where the sand accumulates and it is impossible to continue.

The beaches of the southern area of La Graciosa don not end here, if you want to continue the route from this beach a small trail at the end of it leads to Montana Amarilla, 1 km more, and you’ll arrive at its flirtatious cove, La Playa de la Cocina.

 

La Cocina or Montaña Amarilla beach

It is only possible to reach Playa de La Cocina also known as Playa de La Montana Amarilla, on foot, as both bikes and 4×4 will only get you a few metres away from the beach. From Caleta de Sebo there are nearly 6km of road, an hour and a half on foot.

This beach, more of a cove, is at the foott of one of the volcanic icons on the island, Montana Amarilla. It is a small, virgin cove, about 100m long and very quiet, with clear waters, shallow in depth, in which you can bathe calmly as iti s sheltered away from the strong currents theat exist in the ‘El Rio’ zone, the strait that separates La Graciosa from Lanzarote.

Arriving from La Playa de La Francesa, you will see Montana Amarilla as a reference point all the way. As you approach it, before going down to the cove, a good idea is to first climb to the top along the side path that you will see on the foothills in order to enjoy the wonderful views from the summit.

 

How to get to La Cocina Beach

Playa de La Cocina or Montana Amarilla, on its own is a very attractive place because of the volcanic and rustic environment in which hit finds itself, as well as its contrasting colours, sulfuric yellow, almost metallic, on the foothills of the mountain in contrast with turquoise blue and emerald green seas.      

Being small, in Summer or at Easter, when many visitors come to the island, it is usually quite busy with lots of people on Playa de La Francesa deciding to continue on to here with it being just 15 minutes away. However, the rest of the year there are hardly any people and nudism is common.

 

Las Conchas Beach

When we talk about golden sand, virgin land, turquoise waters and breathtaking views, you would think we are talking about a Caribbean beach, but we aren’t Paradise does exist and it exists in the Canary Islands, on the island of La Graciosa and it is called Playa de Las Conchas. It is the most idyllic of all the beaches on the island, without doubt. And if there is one beach you have to visit, this is it.

At the foothills of Montana Bermeja, which you can climb to the summit, with breathtaking views over the islets of Montana Clara an Alegranza; you will find a volcanic landscape, shells amidst its fine golden sand and a red flag on the beach warning of the danger of bathing and the force of its waters.

 

Las Conchas Beach, a place of paradise

A true natural paradise, 610m of beach and 100m wide, about 45 minutes from Caleta de Sebo by bike, 2 hours on foot or 10 minutes in a 4×4, as it’s a 6km route.

You inhale the purity, freedom and relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the sound and sight of the waves breaking on the shore while you realize that the islet of Montana Clara is such an authentic visual spectacle.

The contrasting colours of the land, sea and sky leave a big impression and offer us multiple shades of turquoise blue water, the white foam waves when they break, the golden sand, the black of the rocks that flank the beach or the red colours of Montana Bermeja.

The strong tides in the immense Atlantic Ocean prevent bathing most days in these seas of the beaches in the north of the island, but it is possible to enjoy without risking your life, because a peculiarity of the beach is that during the day as the tide rises, a stretch of sand forms, creating a lagoon.

 

Ámbar Beach

Ámbar Beach is situated in the northeast of the island, near the town of Pedro Barba. Playa del Ambar, also known as Playa del Lamba, is a beach of clear waters, lines of sand mixed in between volcanic rocks and exposed to northern winds, from which the seas have strong currents and are therefore dangerous, so extreme caution has to be taken when bathing.

The landscape in this part of the island is completely different to the beaches in the south where you find Playa de La Francesa or Playa de La Cocina. Here it’s a half moon landscape with white sand dunes full of snails, nature in virgin state.

 

Ámbar Beach, a quiet and idyllic beach

This is a beach not frequented a lot by tourists, although the people who come to Pedro Barba, continue the route and take advantage of it to come and see the beach and carry on further to the Arco de los Caletones.

Accessing it easily can be done by taking the route that runs from Caleta de Sebo to Pedro Barba, or from Playa de Las Conchas by a track that connects both beaches.

Because it is located at the north end of the island and away from Caleta de Sebo the best way to get there is by bike or 4×4.

 

Del Salado Beach

After the beach of La Laja, which is situated in the same port of Caleta de Sebo, Playa El Salado is next closest to the town, a 15-minute walk. El Salado, La Francesa and La Cocina are the south coast beaches of La Graciosa, all of them with very calm waters and where bathing is not dangerous.

To reach Bahia del Salado, which is where the beach is, you need to head towards the end of the town, towards Punta Corrales, following the direction of Montana Amarilla always, which is referenced all the way.

Barely a few metres away we find the only authorized campsite in La Graciosa.

 

Camping at Del Salado beach

The route to the beach is flat and does not present any difficulties. It is curious to do the route walking along the coastal road coming across different sections; a mixture of flat, rocky surfaces, with sections of sand plains where the tide forms gaps when it goes out, the route providing the enjoyable view of the cliffs and crags of Famara in Lanzarote and the vast amount of marine wildlife.

You cannot truly appreciate the uniqueness of this landscape by bike as the track runs through the inside, it is better to do it on foot due to the accumulation of sand caused by the wind, and because in many parts we are forced to get off the bike and walk.

 

De la Laja Beach, Caleta de Sebo’s beach

This is the beach that is located right in Caleta De Sebo, next to the port. A beach of golden sand, very tranquil clear and turquoise waters that have an anchoring zone. It is common to see fishermen arranging their nets or painting their small boats and ‘graciosera’ families enjoy the peace.

It’s a small beach next to the port, surrounded by typical ‘Graciosera’ white houses, that lie on the sand and you can see the cliffs of the Famara crags from. It is ideal for families who come to the island with children, don’t want to walk too much and prefer to stay in the vicinity of the village.

 

De la Laja beach, an ideal place to take the children

La ventaja de esta pequeña y acogedora playa frente a las del resto de playas de La Graciosa, es que, al estar situada en la misma población, se encuentra cerca de los restaurantes, bares y demás servicios de Caleta de Sebo, ya que en las otras playas no existe ningún tipo de estos servicios.

Al estar en el mismo núcleo urbano, y no ser muy grande, unos 100 metros de largo y unos 15 de ancho, es normal que esté bastante concurrida, sobre todo en determinadas épocas del año como verano y Semana Santa, en el que número de visitantes a la isla aumenta considerablemente.