La Graciosa: A new Island in Spain

8 June
La Graciosa: A new Island in Spain
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La Graciosa Joins the Canary Islands

In a historic move, Spain has officially welcomed a new member to its beloved Canary Islands. After years of lobbying and grassroots movements, La Graciosa has finally received recognition as the eighth island in the archipelago.

Formerly categorized as an islet and little-known outside of Spain, La Graciosa has been gaining popularity due to its breathtaking beauty and impressive marine reserve, drawing tourists and environmentalists alike.

The Seven Becomes Eight

Until now, the Canary archipelago was made up of seven islands: La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote. But about five years ago, a popular movement began the procedures to achieve recognition for La Graciosa as an independent community. Previously, it was administratively linked to Lanzarote.

Measuring about eight kilometers in length with a total area of just 29 square kilometers, around 600 lucky people call La Graciosa home. The bulk of these residents inhabit the capital, Caleta del Sebo, and its surrounding boroughs.

Tourism plays a considerable role in preserving the island's ecosystem, as the influx of environmentalists maintains the delicate balance of native flora and fauna.

Ideal Climate for Nature Lovers

With a gentle climate averaging a comfortable 20°C year-round, La Graciosa boasts inviting turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Coupled with favorable trade winds and a balmy 78% humidity level, the island is a true haven for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Challenges and Rustic Appeal

Despite its remote character, La Graciosa faces complex challenges, such as managing energy supply, handling solid waste, conserving scarce natural resources, and controlling fishing activities. Nevertheless, this newly minted island does not possess any paved roads, adding to its rustic appeal while necessitating unique problem-solving strategies.

Administrative Transition

Initially, La Graciosa will continue to fall under the administrative wing of the municipality of Teguise, though it now bears the distinction of becoming the eighth 'terroir' in the Canary Islands. Eventually, this shift might lead to autonomy, granting the island its own ‘Cabildo’ or council, similar to the governing bodies found on the remaining seven islands.

Until then, La Graciosa proudly assumes district status, gaining independence in managing its public resources. Through this, citizens will reap the rewards of enhanced self-governance, opening doors for improved infrastructure and increased attention to protecting precious marine reserves.