The view from Manrique’s Mirador del Rio at the north end of Lanzarote is the
island of La Graciosa, reached by an excellent ferry service from the , an old fishing port on the north east coast. La Graciosa was uninhabited until the end of the nineteenth century, when the first colonists arrived to work a salt fish factory. As evidenced by the large number of salt pans at different locations on Lanzarote, salt played a large part in the early economy, both for salting fish and for export. Early settlers on La Graciosa had to endure hard living conditions without a local supply of drinking water as well as the strong winds, difficult land and isolation. village of Orzola
Nowadays small scale fishing is still a local occupation, there is even a fish shop, but tourism has taken over as the main source of income. The main settlement, Caleta del Sebo is well supplied with restaurants bars and accommodation for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday.
The hinterland is dominated by four volcanoes which determine the network of paths and tracks that attract walkers and cyclists, mainly on day trips. Playa de las Conchas on the north east coast, below Montana Bermeja, is conveniently about an hour's walk from the ferry and has golden sand and an epic view of the smaller uninhabited islands of Montana Clara and Alegranza below.