If, like me, you prefer to avoid the busy holiday hot spots in the world, then you may well have never considered a holiday in the Canary Islands. Images of packed beaches, drunken tourist antics, theme bars and general unpleasantry have long put me off visiting the large resorts of mainstream Canary Island package holidays. Call me a holiday snob, but such places are my idea of hell on earth! But there are some lesser known of the Canary islands – La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa – that require more of an effort to get to, but the journey is well worth it for the chance to escape to unspoilt, uncrowded beaches.
With just 600 inhabitants, La Graciosa is the least known of the Canaries and the most peaceful. There are no hotels on the island, only a handful of holiday rental apartments, and no tarmac roads at all. A local taxi company will take visitors to the prime spots in jeeps, but the best way to get around is on foot or mountain bike. Although fairly popular with day trippers making the 20-minute hop from Lanzarote, few people venture far beyond the small harbour town of Caleta de Sebo. It is still very possible to avoid the masses…
Around half a dozen restaurants, bars and cafes, a fabulous bakery, two small but surprisingly well-stocked grocery shops, a hardware store, a Dive Centre, the ‘smallest museum in the world’ and some municipal buildings pretty much make up the extent of the island’s services.
Just one thing to mention… if you are offended by nudity, you may want to stay away from the farthest flung beaches of this tiny island. With so few people about, all over tanning is de rigueur!
- Travelled December 2015/ January 2016 with Cachet Travel
- Flights – easyjet London Gatwick to Arrecife (Lanzarote) return
- Private taxi transfers to and from to Orzola port
- Ferry – Orzola to Caleta del Sebo return on Lineas Maritimas Romero (9 sailings daily)
- Accomodation – Apartments Vista Mar (2 bedroom, self-catering)
For more information on La Graciosa, including its rumoured connection to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic ‘Treasure Island’, hop over to here.