– Penas del Chache (highest point in Island with fabulous
of a thousand palms. A really neat old village with
some beautiful scenery. The valley is appropriately named;
traditionally a palm tree was planted for every girl born in the
village, and two palm trees for every boy.
Tropical Park – Parrots and other exotic birds.
Really good if you like that kind of thing.
del Agua – A subterranean lake formed by water trapped
in a lava tube. The pool is home to a species of blind
albino crab that lost its vision due to millions of years being
in total darkness. Quite a beautiful place, and very
interesting if you are into that stuff. Entrance is €8
Manrique Foundation – one of the homes of Cesar
Manrique, it was built into lava flows which appear to extend
into the various rooms. One reason not to take the bus tour
is that you could spend hours in this place, viewing the various
art work, and the pure creative genius of Manrique.
€7.50 per person.
is provided on most of the bus tours
If you drive
North instead of taking the bus tour, you really need to add
del Rio – another Manrique design, built into the
mountains on the north side of the island. For my money,
this is the one thing that everyone should see on this island.
As you walk up to the entrance, you will wonder what all the fuss
is about, but when you get inside, the views of La Graciosa are
simply spectacular. Cost is €4.50,
but the ticket includes a free drink in the restaurant.
La Santa and Orzola –
great little towns, picturesque, great place for lunch, with
wonderful beaches. Be cautious of swimming, there is a
Cactus Garden. Built in an old quarry, it really
surprised us how beautiful and artistic this garden was.
Well worth the two hour investment.
de los Verdes – The green caves. Really interesting
underground tour of a lava tube approximately 8km long. You
only see the first 1km, but it is most impressive. €8