A visit to the island of La Graciosa is always a success. Visit Caleta de Sebo, stroll in the middle of the tranquility, eat a good fish stock in one of its restaurants, enjoy its pristine beaches with crystal clear waters, with the magnificent views of Risco de Famara on the other side of ” The river” or even rent a car to get to Pedro Barba.
This time, we’ve decided to visit La Graciosa by bike and enjoy the island in a different and special way.
La Graciosa is the smallest inhabited island of the Canary Islands. It forms part of the protected natural space of the Chinijo Archipelago, which, with seven hundred square kilometers, is the largest marine reserve in the entire European Union. And it is the balance in which its inhabitants live, who have managed to respect the environment in which they live and at the same time enjoy it. That is one of the reasons that makes La Graciosa a must-see. You won’t regret it!
The best way to enjoy a visit to the eighth island, if you aren’t staying there, is to take the ferry early in the morning from Lanzarote to make the most of the time. The journey is short and comfortable and it gives you the opportunity to admire the northern cliffs of Lanzarote from below.
Once we arrive at Caleta del Sebo, the capital of the island of La Graciosa, we took the opportunity to take a walk through its streets of sand or had a coffee overlooking the port. Then it was time to rent some bikes and ride around the island.
Once with the bicycles prepared, backpacks with water, something to eat and sun protection, we left Caleta del Sebo in a northerly direction, towards Playa de las Conchas.
Playa de las Conchas
This beach is beautiful, quiet and not very crowded. But be careful because the currents are strong in this beach and the bath is not always recommended. The views though, are amazing!
If you want to climb the volcano that keeps the beach of Las Conchas you can’t do it by bike, but you can always leave them parked below and climb the volcano; the views are worth the effort.
Los Arcos y Playa del Ámbar
After this first stop on our bike tour, we picked them up again and headed towards the north of the island, to Los Arcos in the Baja de las Majapalomas. This part of the rugged coast and the action of the sea eroding the volcanic rock has left wonderful arches carved in the stone similar to Los Hervideros in the south of Lanzarote.
The next stop on our bike ride was Playa del Ámbar. This beach is usually deserted of people and there was not a soul in sight when we stopped a bit in it. If you are looking for a really quiet beach, this is the one!
After leaving the Amber beach we headed towards Pedro Barba, the other town on the island. This part of the road has stretches that are full of sand and it’s a bit more complicated to cross them on bike, but you can always get off and walk a little. It’s safe!
Pedro Barba receives us with its white houses, its small dock and its beach totally for us.
Unlike Caleta del Sebo, Pedro Barba, is a holiday village, usually their homes are only inhabited during vacation period. If the streets of Caleta del Sebo are calm, in Pedro Barba are even more so. It’s the perfect place to make a long stop, rest a bit in the shade of one of the houses and eat something to regain strength.
Vuelta a Caleta del Sebo
The return to Caleta del Sebo was a bit hard because it was a really sunny day. Take it in mind if you are planning to do a bike tour in La Graciosa and remember to bring water, sun cream and a hat!
After a climb, the easy and funnny part begins: a long descent that you cannot miss to reach Caleta del Sebo and thus end your tour of La Graciosa by bike.
The streets of Caleta del Sebo received us after we left them behind in the early hours of the morning. After leaving our bikes we had some beers and something to eat in the town to enjoy the rest of the day at the town beach. A well deserved rest!
It’s time to catch the last boat that takes us back to Lanzarote, tired but very happy and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Risco while we are fired from La graciosa.
Until next time!!