Another wonderful trip to La Graciosa was had recently (November 2nd). Since our last trip there we learned a few more details and decided to take an overnight stay in one of the many apartments available to rent.
One of the details we found out was that if you can get to the ferry terminal at Orzola it is possible to book a boat in advance and get a 20% discount, you don't have to take a specific ferry time or a particular day. This will then cost you €16 per adult as against €20 if booked on the day.
On arriving on La Graciosa ferry quay we were met and escorted to the apartment in the centre of Caleta del Sebo, a short walk through a maze of white washed houses. The accommodation was very modern, clean and well equipped. After dropping our overnight bag we went walking.
Before starting the walk we picked up a picnic lunch from the local bakery in Sebo.
Our route took us right out of the village passing Playa del Sabado then further on to Playa Francesco an area where the local tourist catamarans take there guests to enjoy snorkelling and swimming. Its a very picturesque setting and a perfect spot for the picnic lunch, with beautiful views across to the mainland and the cliffs of Famara.
The whole area is a marine reserve with pods of Dolphins, Turtles, and lots of other aquatic creatures.
Needless to say the whole experience is very tranquil. On the way back to Sebo there is a campsite which is free plus there are toilets and showers, cold only! The campsite has to be pre booked.
Other ways to get around the island are 4x4 vehicle which are quite expensive depending on the length of journey from €20-€50. There are bikes for hire but beware not everywhere is accessible to bikes, the sand banks can be very deep and you would spend more time pushing than riding.
Back in the village of course we found somewhere to have a well deserved beer and looked for somewhere to have an evening meal. There are 5-6 places we found and after checking the menus we went to Meson de la Tierra opposite the harbour. Very good food and cheerful service.
There are a couple of well equipped supermarkets if you want to eat in, also there is a Pizzeria, eat in or take away. There is a good atmosphere to the harbour area with many of the locals sitting around generally enjoying themselves.
Although we didn't try it there is a nightclub of unknown quality!
The following days walk took us left out of Sebo along the well posted path towards Pedro Barba not much in the way of beaches to sit down but a very good walk. We walked roughly half way to Pedro Barba before heading back along the same pathway.
Overal a really good experience for people who like walking, good views. There are longer walks to do, all are well sign posted and seldom will you see many people, (only on the catamaran trips).
Accommodation can be booked via websites. Ours cost a very reasonable €40 for the night.