Graciosa, Canary Islands

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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.

La Graciosa
LaGraciosa from MiradorDelRio.jpg
La Graciosa from Mirador Del Rio
La Graciosa is located in Lanzarote
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La Graciosa
Location with respect to Lanzarote
La Graciosa is located in Province of Las Palmas
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La Graciosa (Province of Las Palmas)
La Graciosa is located in Canary Islands
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La Graciosa (Canary Islands)
La Graciosa is located in Spain, Canary Islands
La Graciosa
La Graciosa
La Graciosa (Spain, Canary Islands)
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates29°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
ArchipelagoChinijo Archipelago, Canary Islands
Area29.05 km2 (11.22 sq mi)[1]
Coastline30.395 km (18.8866 mi)[2]
Highest elevation266 m (873 ft)
Highest pointAgujas Grandes
Administration
Autonomous Community Canary Islands
ProvinceLas Palmas
MunicipalityTeguise
Largest settlementCaleta de Sebo (pop. 730)
Demographics
Population734 (2018)[3]
Pop. density25.27/km2 (65.45/sq mi)
LanguagesSpanish, specifically Canarian Spanish
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)

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 featuresEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Estadística del Territorio" [Territory Statistics] (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC). Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  2. ^ "Longitud de costa de los islotes de Lanzarote" [Coastline length of the islets of Lanzarote] (in Spanish). Centro de Datos, Cabildo de Lanzarote. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  3. ^ "Población de derecho de Teguise según unidad poblacional. Evolución (2000-2018)" [Legal population of Teguise by settlement. Evolution (2000-2018)] (in Spanish). Centro de Datos, Cabildo de Lanzarote. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  4. ^ Protected Natural Areas Archived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Boletín Oficial de Canarias, pages 9723 and 9865-7
  6. ^ Hugh Morris, Travel news editor. "Nine fascinating facts about the newest Canary Island". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  7. ^ "Bankia branch in CL THE TEGALA, 3 (Teguise)". bankia.es. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  • R. Pott, J. Hüppe, W. Wildpret de la Torre, Die Kanarischen Inseln. Natur- und Kulturlandschaften, Ulmer Eugen Verlag, 2003, ISBN 9783800132843