Graciosa, Canary Islands

La Graciosa
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La Graciosa from Mirador Del Rio
La Graciosa is located in Lanzarote
La Graciosa
La Graciosa
Location with respect to Lanzarote
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La Graciosa is located in Province of Las Palmas
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La Graciosa
La Graciosa (Province of Las Palmas)
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La Graciosa is located in Canary Islands
La Graciosa
La Graciosa
La Graciosa (Canary Islands)
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La Graciosa is located in Spain, Canary Islands
La Graciosa
La Graciosa
La Graciosa (Spain, Canary Islands)
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Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 29°15′00″N 13°30′29″W / 29.250°N 13.508°W / 29.250; -13.508Coordinates: 29°15′00″N 13°30′29″W / 29.250°N 13.508°W / 29.250; -13.508
Archipelago Chinijo Archipelago, Canary Islands
Area 29.05 km2 (11.22 sq mi)[1]
Coastline 30.395 km (18.8866 mi)[2]
Highest elevation 266 m (873 ft)
Highest point Agujas Grandes
Administration
 Spain
Autonomous Community  Canary Islands
Province Las Palmas
Municipality Teguise
Largest settlement Caleta de Sebo (pop. 730)
Demographics
Population 734 (2018)[3]
Pop. density 25.27/km2 (65.45/sq mi)
Languages Spanish, specifically Canarian Spanish
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)

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).[4][5] It is administrated by the municipality of Teguise. In 2018 La Graciosa officially became the eighth Canary Island.[6] Before then, the island had the status of an islet, administratively dependent on the island of Lanzarote. 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,[7] 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 25-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.

Geographical features

The island is extremely arid and entirely made up of bushes and dry soil. Its length is 8 km (5.0 mi) and the width is 4 km (2.5 mi), making an area of 29 km2 (11 sq mi). There are no natural water sources on the island; desalinated water has been piped directly from neighbouring Lanzarote since 2001.

There are several isolated mountains on the island, the tallest of which is Agujas Grandes rising to 266 m (873 ft). The second tallest is Agujas Chicas at 228 m (748 ft). Playa de la Cocina is a well known beach in the southwestern part of the island.

Panorama photo taken from Lanzarote showing La Graciosa

References

  • R. Pott, J. Hüppe, W. Wildpret de la Torre, Die Kanarischen Inseln. Natur- und Kulturlandschaften, Ulmer Eugen Verlag, 2003, ISBN 9783800132843

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