La Graciosa could be seen as the “daughter” of Lanzarote. Unlike the island of lava, this one is formed by sandy landscapes guarded by four volcanoes: Las Agujas, Montaña del Mojón, Montaña Amarilla and Montaña Bermeja. Beautiful beaches most of which are practically empty at this time of the year and two villages of little white houses: Caleta de Sebo (inhabited) and Pedro Barba (only inhabited in summer time) complete La Graciosa. No wonder that many painters and writers choose this place to get inspired, only the sight of the Mountains of El Risco on the neighbor Lanzarote are worth thousand poems and paintings!
Gasparito seeking fishes with the mountains of Lanzarote as background
The white posts that can be seen along the mountain bring electric current to the island under the water; and, for what some say, this is a relatively new installation, they were using generators before.
We were so lucky to have a friend as Rafa, who lives on board an Oceanis 432 in the little port in Caleta de Sebo. Although he is not here at the moment, he let us his boat to sleep and cook. As we cannot use the electricity neither the water tanks on board, we have got used to live with day light or to use candles, since the time has been changed, candles seem more appropriate and, don’t worry! we haven’t changed that much! we usually don’t wake up too early if it is not for fishing (or rather trying to fish, more on this later). We wash ourselves, our clothes and the kitchen stuff on buckets using the water on the pontoon.
On the four days we have spent here so far we have had time for exploring a little bit the south of the island. We walked to the top of Montaña Amarilla. The rain (it actually rains in Lanzarote, we have proved it) accompanied us on the way and we had to find shelter in the middle of the “desert”.
Hopefully the sun started shinning again and we got dry as we went up the mountain. The sights from the top were spectacular, and Gasparito took out his drawing kit…
Gasparito reproducing the views from Montaña Amarilla; the island of la Alegranza and others behind…
The navigator decided that we should come down from the mountain by the south part. It didn’t seem such a good idea for Rocita, it was much steeper and rocks were falling from everywhere… but the sight of the landscape, the color of the mountain, different from the north part and giving name to this volcano changed her mood. From top to bottom the volcano sorts of reproduce the Belgian flag; red grainy and sharp rocks at the top with green/whitish lichen, swapping to yellow powdery rocks, looking like compact sand and finally the black stone from the lava polished by the elements.
The Belgian flag at its best
Who took this pic?
The sea was waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain. The tide was low, so we followed a path of rocks on a half-tunnel formed by the water on the soft rock of the volcano. We could see a white sand beach at the end of the rocky passage, our promised land!
Come on, couple more steps and you will be on the beach
On the beach, we went for the awaited swim and it felt sooo good!
The rest of the days till now we have been quite tranquil, the weather has not been very good, only 25 degrees… and it rains everyday little fine drops, although you dry as soon as it stops. Amongst other activities we have been meeting all sorts of people, trying to fish, swimming on the beach and getting internet on the local Hamburgueseria, together with the city council, the only wi-fi point of the island.
More stories concerning these activities to come in the next posts!
Gros bisous depuis La Graciosa!
Caleta de Sebo