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Isla de Lobos… a true piece of paradise in the Canary Islands –
3/13/22, 1:37 PM
By Canarian Weekly
To the north of Fuerteventura, there is a small island paradise that emerges from the waters of the Atlantic called Isla de Lobos, inhabited for centuries by monk seals and sea lions, this natural treasure of the Canary archipelago is a paradise within a paradise surrounded by the most extraordinary clear waters in the Bocaina Strait, which separates Fuerteventura from Lanzarote.
Isla de Lobos is 4.5 square kilometres of volcanic surface that brings together nature, with more than 100 plant species, just as many marine species, and different types of birds. The island was named a National Park in 1982, a fact that freed it from urban projects, keeping it as wild as it is magical.
There is no longer a trace of the monk seals, their numbers were decreased by fishermen who reduced the marine resources of the area, meaning they could no longer get the 50 kilos of fish a day they need to survive.
HOW TO GET TO LOBOS:
Ferries depart from the port of Corralejo several times a day, taking just 20 minutes to make the short crossing. In 2019, a quota of 400 visitors per day was imposed to reduce the impact of visitors, so to access it you will have to obtain a permit in advance from the official website: www.lobospass.com/welcome.
The companies that sail to Lobos are also in charge of managing these permits when you purchase a ferry ticket.
When you arrive at Lobos, surfers and small boats share the waves at the entrance to the small port. There is also no shortage of divers attracted by the high quality of the seabed in the strait, with a depth that doesn’t exceed 30 metres.
Just a five-minute walk away, El Puertito is the only place dotted with a few fishermen’s houses that blend in with the landscape. One of them houses a small restaurant run by the descendants of the last lighthouse keeper on the island. From its walls hang old photographs that are combined with fabulous views of the sea.
There are no other restaurants in Lobos, so if you do not take food with you, you need to reserve a time as soon as you get off the ferry if you want to get one of their coveted tables.
In front of it, a wooden walkway floats over the transparent waters of what is surely the most special natural pool in the archipelago. From it, some dive into its dreamy turquoise waters, while others draw their cameras to get the most captured image of the island.
The volcanic stone arms caress the calm waters drawing tiny beaches where you can continue enjoying marine life by snorkelling.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND:
After a refreshing dip, it’s time to explore Isla de Lobos. A good way to do so is by renting a bike in Corralejo and taking it on the boat with you, however, you can also cover the whole island on foot in about two hours. The route is circular and very simple since it is mainly flat. It runs between volcanic sand and lava fields adorned by gorse bushes that define the landscape.
The first stop on the tour of the island is the Las Lagunitas salt marsh, a coastal ecosystem of high biological value and great quality for migratory birds such as the Kentish plover or the common linnet. Plant species are also found in it, among which the bird’s tongue, the balancón, the uvilla de mar, or the everlasting Limonium ovalifolium are found, which are endemic to the island and restricted to this area due to their need for flooded places and sandy soils.
A succession of bare hills leads to the Caldera de la Montaña, the 127-metre-high volcanic crater whose eruptive process began during the Pleistocene, 50,000 years ago. From its top, you can see the entire islet, a small part of Fuerteventura and the south coast of Lanzarote.
THE MARTIÑO LIGHTHOUSE:
The lighthouse was inaugurated in 1865 and its last inhabitant, until 1968, was Antonio Hernández, better known among the locals as Antoñito el Farero. The poet Josefina Plá and the journalist and writer José Rial Vázquez were other famous people who lived in the tower.
Heading back south, it’s time to relax on Calera beach, also known as Playa La Concha. With a crescent shape, golden sands, and crystal clear waters, it is the second-best place on the island to bathe and rest. Very close by are the Marrajo salt flats, built in the 1950s to obtain salt naturally by vaporizing seawater, but which never came into operation.
The tour returns to the port, but if you have a few minutes left, it is advisable to return to El Puertito to say goodbye to the most beautiful image of Fuerteventura’s little sister.
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The Isla de Lobos (Lobos Island), is a small island located only 2 kilometers away from Fuerteventura. It has 6 square kilometers and a maximum height of 120 meters.
This is a much visited island, you might get here by ferry from Corralejo (Fuerteventura) for an accessible price (between 15 and 20 euros per person).
Isla de Lobos, Canary Islands
© José Mesa
The Lobos island belongs to the Las Dunas Natural Park counts with 130 vegetable species, a paradisiacal landscape and awesome seabed, which have been declared underwater reserve area.
Lobos has a camping site and a restaurant which you’ll enjoy in this paradisiacal island.
Its beaches, mostly virgins, are its biggest treasure.
The most famous are La Concha Beach and El Puertito Beach, but there are much more waiting for your discovery.
What to see in Fuerteventura:
- Caleta de Fuste
- El Cotillo
- Puerto del Rosario
- Beaches in Fuerteventura
- Lobos Island
- Morro Velosal Viewpoint – Betancuria
- Betancuria Archaeological Museum – Betancuria
- Salt Museum – Caleta de Fuste
- Fuste Castle – Caleta de Fuste
- Acua Water Park – Corralejo
- Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park – Corralejo
- El Tostón Castle – El Cotillo
- Traditional Fishing Museum – El Cotillo
- Oasis Park La Lajita (Theme Park) – Pájara
- Unamuno House Museum – Puerto del Rosario
- La Alcogida Ecomuseum – Puerto del Rosario
- Canary Islands Art Centre
- Antigua Mill Craftwork centre
- American Star
- Malpaís de La Arena Natural Monument
- Tindaya Mountain
- Vallebrón Protected Landscape
- Casa de Los Coroneles
- El Llano Cave
- La Cilla Grain Museum
- El Cofete Beach
What to do in Fuerteventura:
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Bike Trips
- Aquatic and Theme Parks
What to see in las Islas Canarias:
- Gran Canaria
- La Palma
- La Gomera
- El Hierro
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Islote de Lobos – Manamana
13 km from the north of Fuerteventura, in the Bocaina Strait, there is a tiny island-reserve Lobos. Despite the outwardly harsh and deserted appearance, this island is a favorite place for yachtsmen and hikers. We visit Lobos so often that I am happy to share my arguments.
The name Lobos, from the Spanish wolf, comes from the monk seals that used to live here. The Spaniards called them lobo marino (sea wolf) for their wolfish appetite for fish: each seal needs 30-40 kg of fish per day. The fishermen destroyed the seals in the competition for fish, a sad story. nine0003
Lobos is a bird sanctuary, so fishing is not prohibited. Every morning and evening, several fishing boats come with tourists to fish. Every time we also catch from two to a couple of dozen delicious crucian carp, perches, soles and other trifles for roasting.
The water at Lobos is turquoise in color, which is due to the shallow depths and exceptionally white sandy bottom. The water is very clean in the absence of cities and ports. Around Lobos there are several spots for surfing and kiting. You can start on a kite directly from the catamaran and ride the waves without the risk of colliding with someone. nine0003
There is also something to do on the coast. To the right of the pier is a picturesque lagoon (white sand, turquoise water, black rocks) with a restaurant serving fish caught right there. The most advantageous lagoon looks at high tide. Five people live in the fishing village, the rest come daily from the mainland. Both ferries and water taxis go to Lobos. Twice a day 3-4 catamarans come with tourists for swimming and snorkeling. nine0003
Further along the coast lies the second lagoon, which fills only in high water. The third lagoon at the end of the island, near the lighthouse. In the lagoons, you can observe different types of herons. In addition, gulls and albatrosses live everywhere. There are really a lot of birds – a reserve. Some winter here, and fly north for the summer.
Dominant of the island is the volcano La Caldera, or rather half of the wall of the crater 127 m high. The second collapsed into the sea. A convenient path leads to the volcano, from above, a view of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and the entire island of Lobos, which occupies 6 sq. km
On the other side of the pier is a beach with fine golden sand. The beach is ideal for children – shallow and completely without waves thanks to the reef ridge.