La Graciosa is about to be, legally, the eighth island of the Canary Islands. It has taken five and a half years for the residents of La Graciosa to begin the initiative of legally recognising their home to be an island.
Residents began the process of achieving their dream on the esplanade of Caleta del Sebo, where thousands of people disembark each year to visit the beautiful La Graciosa, and thought they were visiting another island for the day or for an extended holiday period. These residents caught the attention of the media, as well as tourists, by using a human chain that formed the number 8, as a stage for their dream and for their longing.
Five and a half years later, the Congress of Deputies has now given the green light to the modification of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. This new Statute grants a new status to the island of La Graciosa: it recognises it as an inhabited island without its own administration. This means there will be legal recognition of La Graciosa as an island, but the administration of island will continue to be handled by the Government of Lanzarote, and so instead of there being 7 Canary Islands, there will soon legally be 8 Canary Islands!
This new status must now be validated in the Senate in Madrid.
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