Orzola, La Graciosa (ES)
La Graciosa boasts virtually untouched sea beds, full of life. The amount of grouper, abae, huge amberjack, dentex, bluefish, tuna and marlin that inhabit these waters, is just staggering. This is a sport fishing paradise because it's part of a Marine Reserve and fishing in La Graciosa is strictly regulated.
Along with the islets of the Chinijo Archipelago, La Graciosa is part of the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park. The Natural Park together with the La Graciosa Marine Reserve - which extends from the North of Lanzarote, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque Oeste, Roque Este to Alegranza - form a huge protected area both on land and in the Atlantic Ocean.
With its 30 square kilometers, La Graciosa is tranquility personified. Proud of its outstanding natural beauty, the island has one of the last unspoilt beaches in Europe. The combination of the volcanic landscape, the turquoise waters and the white houses give La Graciosa a unique beauty you will never forget.
The waters of La Gomera feature rocky and abrupt bottoms with abundant caves, crevices and tunnels. There is also an area with a wide marine platform, exceptional in the Canary archipelago.
Due to the outcrop of cold marine currents - which come from the African coast - species such as sea bream, sea bass or róbalo and dentex can be found in La Graciosa. In deeper waters there are also abundant hake.
Other typical species of this well-protected area are grouper, abade and hogfish. Pelagic species such as european barracuda, amberjack also abound.
Fishing in La Graciosa is good all year round. Being north of Lanzarote, La Graciosa is pretty windy as it is exposed to the trade winds (July and August can be tough months). It is convenient to plan the fishing trip in La Graciosa closely observing the weather, because on windy days fishing in La Graciosa isn't possible.
Throughout the year you can fish for grouper, amberjack, abae, dentex, big bluefish, bonito, barracuda and horse mackerel.
Although there are tuna throughout the year, from March onwards the tunas begin to appear in larger numbers: bluefin tuna, albacore, bigeye tuna ... For other pelagic fish such as blue marlin or white marlin you have to wait until June or July. The best time to fish for marlin in La Graciosa however, is from September to November.
The months of October and November are excellent for fishing for large amberjack. This time of the year, they visit this area to feed on the dorado.
In the months of March, April and May the waters begin to warm up and squid arrive from Africa. ... and with them come predators including big sama (pink dentex), grouper and dentex.
La Graciosa is one of the authentic redoubts of peace and tranquility that remain in Europe. You can come from Lanzarote to spend the day (the journey from Orzola is less than 30 minutes) or you can stay in a little house in the town of Caleta de Sebo.
Visit the beaches such as Playa de La Laja, Playa La Francesa, Playa de la Cocina or Playa de Las Conchas. Here you can swim and snorkel in turquoise waters.
Discover its sensational cuisine and try the fried moray eel, limpets, fried octopus, cherne, fish broth, and impressive rice with red prawns.
It is worth doing a mountain bike route and touring La Graciosa on your own. Hiking, trail running and cycling are all available across the isle. Because of its protected status, it’s best to stick to the paths.
Fishing in La Graciosa is strictly regulated. As the island is part of a very important Marine Reserve - the largest in Europe - one needs the necessary licenses to be able to fish in La Graciosa.
From land, the national Spanish license is enough to be able to fish in La Graciosa (spinning, casting, bait fishing...). But to fish from a boat in inland waters you need a permit from the Marine Reserve. Only locals are able to get these scarce licenses. There is a fishing charter in Orzola that has this permit to fish La Graciosa up to Alegranza. The locals of Orzola can fish in La Graciosa in a restricted area of the marine reserve, only for their own use.
The other fishing charters in Lanzarote usually have the fishing permit for offshore fishing in La Graciosa (not inshore).