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Graciosa, Canary Islands

Graciosa Island or commonly La Graciosa (pronounced [la ɣɾaˈθjosa]; Spanish for "graceful") is a volcanic island in the Canary Islands of Spain, located 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the island of Lanzarote across the Strait of El Río. It was formed by the Canary hotspot. The island is part of the Chinijo Archipelago and the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park (Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo). It is administrated by the municipality of Teguise. In 2018 La Graciosa officially became the eighth Canary Island. The only two settlements on the island are Caleta de Sebo in the southeastern part of the island and summer-residence Casas de Pedro Barba.

The population is about 700. Tourism is the main industry along with fishing. Every year, tourists flock to the island for its tempered climate and its sandy volcanic coasts. The island has a school, lyceum, post office, supermarkets, medical center, pharmacy, a Bankia bank branch (in danger of closure as of September 2013 but still there in July 2019), port, beaches, bar-restaurants and a square.

Streets and roads on La Graciosa are unpaved sand. Motor vehicles are strictly limited to a handful of licensed vehicles for special purposes. Access to the island is by a 35-minute ferry crossing from Órzola on Lanzarote to the harbour in the village. There is a campsite on the island situated on Playa del Salado at the western edge of Caleta del Sebo.
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  • Boat crushing takes about 30 mins, get there early as top deck get full quickly. Beaches are stunning but no facilities so be prepared. Limited choice of restaurants that get full quickly, but on the....  more »
  • If you ever wanted to step back in time this is the place to visit. There are no tarmac roads and houses grow out of the sand down to the edge of the beach. A delightful place to visit.  more »
  • Great place for a day trip on the ferry. Worth hiring a bike for the day. Plenty of places to choose from so take your time and don't just queue for the one near the port.
  • Very quiet place and beautiful views. You can walk around the island. Bring your own bike to cycle as these for rent here are very badly maintained and not fun to ride on.
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