La Graciosa is the smallest of the Canary Islands, and here are six wonderful beaches to visit.
La Graciosa is a small island of 29 square kilometres located just north west of Lanzarote. Along with four other islets, it forms part of the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park.
La Graciosa is a natural paradise, placed away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. There are only 700 inhabitants and most of them live in Caleta de Sebo. The absence of crowds makes it a perfect place to disconnect and enjoy a few days of calm and relaxation. There are wonderful deserted beaches and an unspoiled landscape. Everything is quiet; there are few roads and fewer still cars. Walking, cycling, or a 4x4 taxi are the only ways to get around.
La Graciosa is a once-in-a-lifetime destination that will take the breath away.
La Francesa Beach
La Francesa is must-see beach located in the south of La Graciosa. It has fine white sand and calm turquoise water that make it an ideal snorkelling location. Standing on the shore there are marvellous views of Riscos de Famara, a mountainous massif in the north of Lanzarote on whose summit lies the Mirador del Río, a stunning viewpoint created by the world famous architect César Manrique.
La Cocina Beach
La Cocina (also known as Montaña Amarilla) is close to La Francesa and about six kilometres from Caleta de Sebo. The beach enjoys very calm waters thanks to the narrow sliver of water (known as El Río) that separates La Graciosa from Lanzarote on this side of the island.
La Cocina is a place of peace and magic which is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. It is a wonderful virgin cove blessed with white sand and crystal clear water. The beach lies at the foot of the Montaña Amarilla ancient volcano. The earthy colours of the lava contrasts with the turquoise and emerald green tones of the ocean.
Las Conchas Beach
Las Conchas Beach, in the northwest of La Graciosa, combines white sand with the red tones of the Montaña Bermeja volcano. This unique setting enjoys privileged views of the Montaña Clara islet. Though the ocean in this part of La Graciosa is rough and swimming isn’t recommended, the beauty of this beach makes it a perfect setting for an impromptu Instagram photo shoot.
Ámbar Beach (also known as Lambra Beach) is located near Pedro Barba (the other small inhabited area of La Graciosa) in the north. The crystal clear water is surrounded by white sand dunes and volcanic rocks which create a patchwork of textures and colours. This beach is a wild, out-of-the-way location which encapsulates nature in its purest form. It is a good spot to disconnect, though visitors should be aware of the north winds and the currents which make swimming dangerous.
La Laja Beach
This is a cosy beach located in Caleta de Sebo, the arrival port for visitors to the island. The golden sand and tranquil water makes it a great place for families. The area is picturesque with fishermen frequently seen repairing their nets or applying a fresh coat of paint to their boats on the shore. Nearby restaurants serve fresh fish with views of the mountainous massif, Riscos de Famara, in the distance.
El Salado Beach
El Salado is at the end of a simple path, fifteen minutes by foot from Caleta de Sebo. The beach has white sand and calm waters. It is the perfect place to sunbathe and then cool off with a refreshing swim. There are small dunes nearby and, in the distance, views of the Riscos de Famara. Behind the beach lies the imperious Montaña Amarilla and other volcanoes. A camping area is located close to the beach, the only space of its kind on the protected island.
La Graciosa and the other four islets of the Chinijo Archipelago are the largest marine reserve in Europe. They offer a unique visitor experience. Come visit!