The Canarian archipelago is made up of eight islands, everybody knows… Well, no! There’s more. There are a handful of smaller sister islands (rocks and cliffs apart) that surround the easternmost islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The island of Lobos is one of them.
Frequented since the ancient times but rarely inhabited, this small islet is today a refuge of natural life and a priority destination for travellers looking for something different from the usual during their visit to the Happy Islands.
Lobos is the last Canarian border, one of those nearby paradises full of unpredictable features. Like the small homeland of the indispensable Paraguayan writer Josefina Pla. Who could imagine it? Come, you will discover much more…
What is it, where is it?
Let us locate ourselves. The island of Lobos, Fuerteventura, separated from Corralejo, at the northeast end of the island, by a shallow channel known as El Río (or the Paso de la Orchilla). Geologically, it is a flooded volcanic site; La Caldera (aka el Filo de la Herradura), the highest point of the islet, testifies to this.
The name is derived from the sea lions or monk seals, that inhabited it until they were exterminated by the fishermen; it seems that they were consuming too much. In the past, it seemed to have been visited by the Romans, the very first Norman settlers and the Berber pirates, each for different reasons.
In 1860-65 the Punta Martiño lighthouse was built on the northern peak of Lobos Island. It continues there, although the last lighthouse keeper left in 1968, with automation. The Portuguese who built it left a few houses, corrals, cisterns and roads.
After that, the lighthouse keepers apart (like Josefina Pla’s parents), no one else. Some fisherman. A couple of summer houses. Some camper (until 2007). It was private property until it was declared a Natural Park in 1982 (at first in conjunction with the Dunes of Corralejo), and definitely public heritage since 2007.
What’s on the Lobos Island?
If you are still wondering why you should go to Lobos Island, very easy. You’ll find a magically preserved place; crossing the river is like crossing to another world. There are only four inhabitants registered. There’s the lighthouse, a pier, a visitors’ centre, a handful of houses (El Puertito) and the Antoñito beach bar, a descendant of the last lighthouse keeper.
Well, there are more… Birds, some really difficult to see (the ZEPA is not in vain). 130 different plant species, some endemic. A marine biodiversity that makes divers and snorkelers drool. And a more than dignified right-wing wave at the foot of La Caldera.
The Concha beach in Lobos Island is almost mythical, quiet, cozy (it only commemorates its Donostian homonym in form). It is among the most paradisiacal beaches of Fuerteventura. And if you take a walk you will see several coves and some puddle. There are not many routes and some of the areas of the island (like Las Lagunitas, in the eastern zone) are really spectacular.
And even more. An archaeological site (a Roman purple factory, probably the southernmost in the Empire), abandoned salt flats, the lighthouse, overlooking the southern horizon of Lanzarote… All this in a volcanic and desert landscape of sand and tabaiba. Desolate, intact. Magnificent.
There are no cars (just an electric van), no roads (just a handful of trails), no hotels ( no place to spend the night), no rush. And all this, 20 minutes by boat from Corralejo. That’s why excursions to Lobos Island are so valuable. And even more so since access is limited.
Practical information about Lobos Island
How to get to Lobos Island from Fuerteventura is simple. There are a few companies (some of them already historical) that provide the boat transport service to Lobos Island from Corralejo half a dozen times a day, every day. The price is around 15€, round trip.
But the problem is not how to go from Fuerteventura to Lobos Island, but when. Because, since January 2019, access has been restricted to a maximum of 400 people per day, divided into two shifts (morning and afternoon). This is the link of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura to apply for permission. Book 3 or 4 days in advance.
El faro de Punta Martiño. / Punta Martiño’s lighthouse.Of course there are also numerous organized excursions that have the island as a priority destination, and that leave both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. They have the advantage of including the permit management (normally) and usually incorporate some other activities to enjoy the visit to the maximum.
You can’t sleep, but you can eat on Lobos Island. In Antonio el Farero’s Chiringuito, in El Puertito. Cheap, friendly, informal, cozy, and a great place to eat a fresh fish dish without stridencies or pretensions. With its rubber tablecloths and all. Of course, it will be full.
REMEMBER THAT: You can also get to the island of Lobos from Lanzarote (it’s only about 8 kilometres), but only by Taxi Boat; it’ll be a bit more expensive, but it’s still worth it.
Are you coming?
Surely we have inserted the desire to visit the island of Lobos into your mind. It was easy. We would appreciate any comment if you already know the island and if we have forgotten something important.
You can also contact us if you are travelling to Fuerteventura and you have some free fringe. And if you would like us to help you organize the trip, we can offer you very reasonable prices: call us on 922 15 12 51 or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk.
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