If you read my last post, you’ll know that my first night in the Canary Islands was spent wrapped up in my bivvy on sunset beach on the beautiful island of La Graciosa. (In case you missed it, you can check it out here). Just to reiterate how awesome of a campsite this actually was, here’s another picture…
Anyway, the next morning I woke up, slowly walked the few hundred metres into Caleto del Sebo, grabbed a snack from the bakery and a bottle of H2O from one of the Islands 2 small supermarkets and sat down with my map, trying to decide where to walk.
While the island is famous for its beaches, I wasn’t to fussed about seeing them – I’m going to be surrounded by golden (and black) sandy (and stony) beaches for awhile. Instead I settled on a walk around the base of Agujas Grandes, before making my way to Punta del Hueso, down through Pedro Barba (the only other settlement on the island) and returning along the coast to Caleto del Sebo. I’d complete this 15km walk in time to get the 3pm ferry to Orzola and begin the GR131.
That raises an interesting question. Why doesn’t the GR131 extend on to La Graciosa? (The GR131 is the 651km walking trail I’ll be following for the next few weeks). It isn’t because it reserves itself for the big 7 Canary Islands, as it extends to Lobos off the north of Fuerteventura. It certiantly isn’t because La Graciosa lacks diversity, natural beauty and interesting trails to wander down. Based on the evidence presented in this post (the few pictures that are coming) I’d petition that the GR131 should be extended to La Graciosa in the near future. Thank you.
Now, as for the evidence, feast your eyes on this:
Even though I spent about an hour watching the waves crash on the eastern shore (and a couple of presumably amateur fisherman struggle intensely), I was back with plenty of time before the 3pm ferry. A ferry that I still missed. Why? Because I valued a cold water shower and a chance to wash my shirt over leaving on time. Bloody unimportant personal hygiene.
Rookie mistake, especially since the hour difference contributed towards my poor choice of camp that night. More on that later, when I write about my first couple of days on the GR131.
Until next time.