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LANZAROTE AND LA GRACIOSA TRAVEL GUIDE

Description of the trip Lanzarote and La Graciosa:

Day 1: Approaching and preparations

We are so excited! Today begins our great journey to discover Lanzarote and La Graciosa, its mountains and oceans and we couldn’t be happier.

We arrive at Arrecife airport at noon and go to take a rental car for 1 day. Then we go to the Supermarket to prepare 2 packages of non-perishable food to leave in the accommodations on our route without a supermarket nearby:

Food package for day 3: Joy House (small urbanization without supermarket, Muñique)

Food package for day 6: Monoa Ecohouse (isolated house under Mount Corona)

Lanzarote y la Graciosa, gran travesia 2020

Preparing the bags of food to take to the lodgings, with the rental car.

Previously notified (always very friendly, they did not put us any problem in keeping our bags) we went to distribute the food packages to these two accommodations.

In addition, we also went to the port of Órzola (place in Lanzarote where ferries are taken to go to La Graciosa) to leave our diving bags at the Romero ferry lines. La Graciosa Diving Center kindly offered to pick them up and keep them until we arrived at this second island, the final destination of our diving trip.

We end the day in the town of Yaiza where we will spend the night

Day 2: Tremesana route

In the morning we will do the Tremesana guided route. This is a very interesting naturalistic route that takes place within the Timanfaya National Park, in an area that is not open to the public.

This guided route is for free but you need to sign up in advance on the official website of the Timanfaya National Park.

In the afternoon we head towards Playa Blanca, south of Lanzarote. That will be the starting point of our great hiking journey. We return the car at the port office and enjoy the remaining afternoon doing a great snorkel in Playa Flamingo.

Days 3 to 10: LANZAROTE AND LA GRACIOSA TREKKING: 8 DAYS

Our trekking route was a 8 days long journey, with a total distance of 193 km and total elevation of +5,400/-5,400m.

We designed this journey to go through the wildest and most natural places we could find on these two islands, such as: the coastal road in the Timanfaya National Park, the Corona Blanca crater and the Corona Volcano Monument, in Lanzarote. Montaña Amarilla and Las Conchas beach, in La Graciosa.

Lanzarote 6,5 days trekking trip summary:
- Lanzarote trekking route day by day posts:

On the seventh day of the trekking, at noon, we arrived at Órzola, the end of the Lanzarote trekking part. Here we took the 11:00 a.m. ferry to Graciosa (the trip takes approximately 30 minutes). This vert same day, in the afternoon, we started our second part of the trekking journey, now in La Graciosa.

La Graciosa 1.5 days trekking trip summary:
- La Graciosa day by day posts:

Day 11 to 16: DIVING IN LA GRACIOSA: 5 DAYS + 1 free day (so we can take our plane!)

Just the day after finishing the trek we started diving on the island of La Graciosa, with accommodation in an apartment in Caleta del Sebo, arranged by the same diving center.

LA GRACIOSA DIVING GUIDE
- La Graciosa diving posts:

After the dive we stayed one more day on the island since we cannot take planes until 24 hours after the last dive. We take the opportunity to snorkel, rest and enjoy these last few hours on this remote and beautiful island of the Canary Islands.

Day 17: Back to home trip

La Graciosa diving center arranged the ferry and transfer to Arrecife airport, where we took the flight back to home.

For more information you can reed our guide about Qué ver y hacer en Lanzarote y la Graciosa

Special Thanks

Finally, THANK YOU to all the good people that we have always met on this trip, really, THANKS a lot!! Special mention to:

  1. Magali Naitja, our dear friend, for her great advice before arriving on the island.
  2. Mr. Cabrera, active defender and founder of the naturalist association of Amigos de las Pardelas Reales (Shearwater sea birds Friends), for opening the doors of his house in Caleta del Sebo and explaining us a little about the nature of the island of Graciosa
  3. La Graciosa Diving Center for helping us in the management of our diving bags from the first moment and the great kindness and service offered.
  4. To all the accommodations in Lanzarote for accepting, very kindly, to keep us a small bag with food until the day of our arrival, and for their concern that everything went well for us.
  5. Blogs that we used as a reference for planning our journey:
    1. Sendero y manta Lanzarote y la Graciosa
    2. Daquiaqui Lanzarote
    3. Daquiaqui la Graciosa
Lanzarote y la Graciosa, gran travesia 2020

Somewhere in our Great Trekking Route in lanzarote – La Graciosa.. 😊

And here we finish our trip Lanzarote and the Graciosa Above and Below. Super happy with how everything went, both hiking and diving, on these two fantastic islands.

We leave with a piece of the Canary Islands in our Hearts!

CORSICA TRAVEL GUIDE: Hiking and Diving

Description of the trip

Day 0 and 1st: Approaching travel days

Friday, August 7th, after a day of working from home, we left with the camperized car ready, as well as all the equipment preparared: camping kit, hiking backpacks for high mountain and the diving gear and bags. We start 3 weeks of vacation! We will spend tonight in the resting area of ‘Passage de Oullier’, (5 hours by road from Terrassa, in France).

The next day we got up early to go to the ferry in Toulon that leaves at 7:00 am. At 2:00 p.m. we arrived in Corcega, Ille Rousse (to the north) after a very pleasant trip. We leave the ferry and with the car we go towards the beginning of the GR20, Conca (to the south). At 5:00 p.m. we arrive at the Gite de la Tonnelle, where we will sleep and leave the car there during the planned hiking for the next 12 days.

For more information, check out the summary and the route by days:

14th day: Travel day to pick up the car in Conca

After finishing the GR20 and after relaxing and spending the night in Calvi, the next day it was time to pick up the car at La Gité la Tonnelle, in Conca. For this we had to take a first bus to Cazzamoza and there take a second bus to Santa Lucia de Porto Vechio. Once in this town there are only 5km to Conca, which you either can take another bus, hitchhike (it was our option) or walk up the road.

Once at the Tonnelle, we took the car and drove to a campsite in Palombaggia area to start our Below week the next day.

For more information, check out the Corsican diving guide and dive logs by day:

Besides diving, during these days we were also able to do other activities, such as visiting Calvi, Bonifaccio and Ajaccio; one of the most beautiful cities in Corsica, day trips through the Gulf of Porto area, such as the Calanques de Piana or the beautiful chestnut route in the small rural town of Evisa, or simply enjoy the good gastronomy of this island .

For more information on what to do and see in Corsica, check out the following post:

21st and 22nd days: Travelling back home

We had the ferry back from Ajaccio at 10pm, so we spent the day visiting this city and catch the ferry at night. We arrived in Toulon at 6 am on Sunday, July 30th and we only had lefte 6 hours of road to arrive home, Terrassa.

How to get around the island?

We opted to camper our car and thus be able to sleep in it. We love to travel this way as it gives us a lot of flexibility and by having a 4×4 instead of a camper we can move more gracefully on back roads or dirt tracks.

Although this way of traveling will not have all the comforts of the world, being able to be immersed in nature, getting up with a hot coffee watching the sunrise in a remote place, … it is priceless!

Corcega GR20 Corsica

Our site at camping de Les, Bonifaccio

Además, la isla dispone de muchos campings, bien localizados y preparados. Aquí dejamos un poquito más de información de los que nos hospedamos nosotros (en ningun sitio reservamos con anterioridad):

In addition, the island has many campsites, well located and prepared. Here we leave a little more information about the ones where we stayeds (we did not book previously, just drop in and ask for a place):

  • Palombaggia: Camping U-Pirellu: 67€ for 2 days, 2 people in a camperized car with electricity (small camping but with everything needed. Quite a lot of tourists and noise)
  • Bonifaccio: Camping des Les: 54€ for 2 days, 2 people in a camperized car with electricity (highly recommended camping; spacious, very pleasant and in a natural environment)
  • Evisa: Camping Acciola: 19,5€ for 1 day, 2 people with a camper car without electricity (pleasant but very simple camping, beautiful views of the mountains)
  • Playa Gradelle: Camping Gradelle: 30,5€ for 1 day, 2 people in a camperized car with electricity (camping in the middle of nature, beautiful setting north of the Gulf of Porto)
  • Porto: Camping Funtana l’Ora: 51€ for 2 days, 2 people in a camperized car with electricity (correct camping with quite a lot of people but with enough space and services)

And so far our Above and Below Corsica trip. Super happy with how everything was and already with a piece of this fantastic island in our hearts 🙂

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