Lanzarote – La Graciosa   8 comments

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Why visit one island when you can visit two. From Orzola at the north end of the island you can take a boat trip around the Punta Fariones to the island of La Graciosa. Of course we had to give this a go.

The boat trip was rather excellent if a little cool and breezy

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The views of Punta Fariones were superb

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And the island of la Graciosa came into view (the island we’d seen from the top of the cliffs at the Mirador del Rio a few days earlier)

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The highest point on the island, Agujas Grandes

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And the harbour of the main town Caleta del Sobo

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We took a little wander around the town before lunch. All the roads are sand and there are few vehicles

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It’s a pleasant sleepy little place with a few shops and a handful of restaurants

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After a fine lunch we went off for a walk. There are some small peaks to climb and some stunning beaches. TJF is not the keenest of walkers so we wandered down the coast to the nearest beach

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The island is dry, dusty and peaceful and I really enjoyed the walk along the coast

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The dark summit of Montana Amarilla dominates the southern part of the island

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While the views back across the water the cliffs of the Risco de Famara on Lanzarote were superb

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We reached our destination at Playa Francesca and its a beauty

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Golden, sand, clear water and overlooked by a volcanic remnant

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Being the main organiser I’d packed the water, snacks, towels, beach rugs, snorkel stuff and everyone’s swimming gear – except mine. Can’t turn down a swim on such an idyllic beach so pants (discretely covered by a rash vest) were the order of the day

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There were a few day trippers from the big catamaran but they departed not long after we arrived and beach was wonderfully peaceful

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We spent a happy hour sunbathing and pithering about on the beach/rocks and admiring the views

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The walk back was equally fine. As on most the days the late afternoon delivered a wonderful light that highlighted the stark landscape to perfection

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There is a lagoon that holds water at very high tide but today it was bone dry

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We timed our walk back perfectly to catch the last ferry back to Lanzarote

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The light was fading and the cloud building on the way back so photography was a little challenging

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I liked this slope of what looked like soft earth eroded by water over a matter of days

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It those clouds look dark enough to drop some rain you’d be right. We had a few spots on the boat (and a brief shower on the drive home), the only rain of the trip

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La Graciosa disappeared into the distance

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Another fine day out and we were finding so much quality stuff to do. When I return to Lanzarote I’d like to spend a couple of days on La Graciosa, there is some quality walking and more great beaches to explore and its wonderfully peaceful

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8 responses to “Lanzarote – La Graciosa

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  1. That looks amazing.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  2. The photos from the boat trip make it look worth the trip on their own. The beach looks fantastic.

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    beatingthebounds
    • The southern half of the island has all the recent volcanic stuff but the north has the dramatic cliffs and this island. If you never leave the resort (as I guess many people don’t) Lanzarote could be seen as a bit plain. Make a small amount of effort and its has some superb sites. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect (other than a hope for a bit of sun and warmth) but it has a wealth of great stuff to see and do and some great walks. The trip by boat to another island and and another superb beach was icing on the cake

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  3. Excellent photos. What a lovely spot to spend time getting away from a miserable British winter

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  4. I’d love that island. Please adopt me! :o) Funny how teenagers always look miserable or bored on holiday. ( I do remember being the same even though I was enjoying myself inwardly and even now I avoid any selfies) As a keen amateur snapper myself though I just see fantastic photographic opportunities everywhere but people do get uncomfortable when they know its going online which is why I’m under instructions not to post any of certain individuals I go walking with.on threat of death and punishment. Only fair I suppose as I’m like that myself with other portrait snappers trying to take one of me.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
    • I’m sure I can find room for you in the suitcase next time 🙂
      I’m sure my kids do enjoy their holidays but sometimes its hard to tell. I do take lots of photos as I like to record the day in pictures. My kids hate having their photo taken but I rarely appear as I’m holding the camera. I do take the odd selfie but I find it hard to look halfway natural when forcing a smile so I tend to look pretty grumpy as well. Only my other half has a decent camera face with a nice natural smile

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