If there’s one thing you must do while on holiday in Lanzarote, it’s to go on a trip to La Graciosa. If you’ve been to Mirador del Rio, you’ll have seen amazing views of the island, it’s turquoise waters, the quaint whitewashed houses and wondered about that desert island before you.
The good news is that you can visit the eighth Canary Island by taking a 20-minute ferry trip from Lanzarote to La Graciosa. Part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Global Geopark network, La Graciosa is protected and brimming with sea life, birds and spectacular natural landscape.
And the best way to see this paradise is at sea, aboard the I Love La Graciosa Catamaran.
Relax and leave it to the experts
Worrying about the details is the last thing you want on holiday. That’s why this excursion to La Graciosa is the perfect way to experience the best of the island.
The bus will pick you up near your accommodation and take you to the port of Orzola to board the ferry. Orzola is a pretty fishing town with a range of restaurants and tapas bars serving fresh fish.
A breathtaking ferry trip from Lanzarote to La Graciosa
The ferry trip with Lineas Romero is exhilarating, especially when the boat navigates Punta Fariones and La Graciosa comes into view. Soon enough we arrive in Caleta del Sebo, one of only two villages on the island. Our guide gives us the option of accompanying her to discover a little of the island’s history, or to enjoy a free hour in the picturesque fishing village.
I chose to sit at one of the harbourside cafes for a coffee, watching the boats come and go, the kids playing on the tiny village beach and the locals going about their daily routine. It’s amazing to see Lanzarote from this angle: the Famara cliffs are just over a mile away over the water and look enormous!
All board the I Love Graciosa Catamaran!
Time whizzed by and it was time for our excursion aboard the I Love La Graciosa Catamaran. We were greeted with a ‘pincho’ – a chunk of bread with a big slice of Spanish omelette – which was a very welcome snack to keep us going. The drinks were also flowing with a choice of mojito, beer, water or soft drinks. Not a bad start at all!
Discovering of La Graciosa coastline
Mojito in hand, we coasted along La Graciosa’s south coast to Montaña Amarilla (yellow mountain). The name says is all as the mountain is actually yellow, which our guide explained is due to the sulphur in the rock. Just next to the mountain is Playa de la Cocina (kitchen beach), where pirates used to anchor and make fires to cook fish.
Anchoring at a paradise beach
We then headed back along the coast and the catamaran anchored just off one the most beautiful beach you’ll have ever seen – Playa de la Francesa. The gleaming white sands and crystal waters is a sight for sore eyes.
What I loved most about this catamaran trip to La Graciosa was that everything was so laid back. Our guide announced that we could do what we liked for the next hour or so: either stay on board and enjoy a few drinks, lazing in the sun or swimming; take a small boat to shore and enjoy the beach; or head to the beach and borrow a snorkel, kayak or play on the inflatables. The latter was for the kids, although some adults seemed to enjoy it too!
I decided to go the beach. There’s something very blissful about laying in the warm sand looking up at the blue sky. The contrasts in the landscape are amazing: white sand, the sea in a kaleidoscope of blues against the black volcanic rock.
I succumbed to temptation and borrowed a snorkel from our guide, who looked after everyone on the beach. Snorkelling there is like entering another world. Swimming around the rocks you can see all kinds of colourful fish: pejeverde (Ornate wrasse) was my favourite and the most colourful, with shades of green, blue, yellow and orange.
Soon the boat came to collect us to take us back to the catamaran. The chef had prepared a lovely paella for us, which we washed down with another drink, of course.
It took a while to serve everyone so in the meantime, some chose to chill out on the hammocks, others were jumping from the boat for yet another dip and some chose the shade and the endless flow of mojitos and beer.
Latin music set the mood for a fun, relaxing atmosphere for the next hour or so. It was a gorgeous afternoon, the sun was high in the sky and the surroundings, spectacular.
Once lunch was finished the chef threw some leftover rice overboard. As you can imagine, this attracted a flurry of fish as well as beady-eyed seagulls that swooped in for the feast. Nature put on a show and the kids were delighted!
All good things come to an end and it was time to up anchor to make our way back to Lanzarote. It had been a lovely afternoon and there were many happy suntanned faces.
The locals are so careful not to harm the wildlife in the area, that the captain brought the boat to a halt to avoid hitting a solitary duck that was sitting in the middle of our path. It was a funny yet touching moment and the duck simply moved a few metres to the right and carried on as if nothing had happened.
We watched La Graciosa disappear in the distance knowing that we’d remember this day for a long time to come.
Our bus awaited us at the port of Orzola to take us back safely to our hotel after a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
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