The Chinijo archipelago is located in the north of Lanzarote. It is made up of a group of islets known as La Graciosa, Alegranza and Montaña Clara, together with the Roque de Este and Roque del Oeste. The area is 192.7 km² and belongs to the municipality of Teguise
These small islands are separated from Lanzarote by an arm of the sea called The river. It is scarcely inhabited and only La Graciosa has a resident population of some 500 inhabitants dedicated to fishing and to a lesser extent to tourism. It is wonderful to spend a complete day fishing as there is a large number of varieties.
Because of its environmental value, the Chinijo Archipelago, together with the impressive Risco de Famara, was declared a 'Natural Park' in 1986 and became reclassified and recognized as a special protection for birds in 1994. Of particular interest is that the surrounding sea was also included as part of this protected region.
A ferry crosses from the small jetty at Orzola on Lanzarote's north east coast each morning and afternoon and the crossing takes 20 minutes to La Graciosa