Lots of walking today on Isla Graciosa. Took the 10am ferry, short crossing of about half an hour. Eight boats a day (nine in summer), each carrying up to 50 passengers. Walkers, fishermen, sun-worshippers – and those just enjoying the ferry trip and the bars and cafes. And, I suppose, locals too, must use the ferry, though they must be massively out-numbered! Looking back to Lanzarote, it was lovely to see the Famara cliffs – those we’d visited on our first full day in Lanzarote – from the water.
The ferry lands at Caleta de Sebo, the main settlement of the island. Until relatively recently, it was just a very small fishing village, but it now relies on tourism. All the streets in the village were covered in sand and clouds of the stuff followed every vehicle that passed. B and I headed for ice creams!
To explore the island, most visitors head straight for the bike hire, or the ‘safari Land Rovers’ (taxis, essentially). Visitors are not permitted to bring vehicles to the island. Becky and I set off on foot, along tracks to Playa de las Conchas where we hoped to find conch shells. Alas, only fragments to be found, so Becky settled for some rather pretty limpets, queen scallop shells, rams’ horn shells and operculums. Our picnic was on the beach – red flag warning no swimming here as waves can be fierce and lives have been lost.
After lunch, we continued along the coastal path clockwise around the island, to Casas de Pedro Barba – a very pretty village. We would have taken lots of photos here, but we were running out of time as we needed to catch the last boat back to Lanzarote – at 5pm. The final stretch was more of a run than walk, we really had been too ambitious with our plans.
We made it back to the boat with 5 mins spare – phew!