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Excursion to the Isla de Lobos


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13 Dec 2016

This mysterious volcanic rock is easily visible from both islands, jutting out proudly in the Bocaina straits, the channel of water between the holiday resorts of Corralejo and Playa Blanca. This nature reserve has a coastline of 13.7km and covers an area of 4.68km2, it has been protected as the Parque Natural del Islote de Lobos since 1982.

It’s questionable why this barren island is proving popular to visitors, after all there’s not much there, the facilities quite simply stretch to an information centre and restaurant. And there you have it, the answer is that the Isla de Lobos is a chance to take a short boat trip and escape all the fabulous chaos of a full on tourist resort.

Sea lions sculptures

What you can visit the Isla de Lobos for is walking, birding, surfing, sunbathing on a beautiful beach and the chance to eat a superb fresh fish lunch. Personally for me, I love to take the circular walk up to the lighthouse followed by a climb to the highest point on the island, before descending in the direction of the restaurant for lunch.

It’s less than a 15 minute crossing from the harbour of Corralejo to the Isla de Lobos. I purchased a €15 return ticket from a little hut on the quay, sailing out at 10:00 and returning at 16:00 from the several options available.

Ferry from Corralejo to Isla de lobos

The catamaran was packed full of day trippers, there were a few with mountain bikes and surfboards, the majority were travelling with cool boxes and beach bags. We arrived at El Muelle at low tide, the crew were very adept at off boarding passengers and soon we were off, each to our own to enjoy Lobos.

The majority of the group broke off to the left, following signs for the Playa de La Calera beach or Faro de Martiño lighthouse, I on the other hand went right towards El Puertito. There are signposts at regular intervals around the island, they state the minutes required to walk to the destination, which is really handy when you have a ferry to catch later.

View from the faro to Caldera

I love the tiny natural harbour at El Puertito, there’s a handful of buildings, restaurant and jetty where smaller boats can navigate the shallow water. I hesitated about lunch, should I eat my picnic or book a table for one at the restaurant? I decided to leave my decision until later, and strode out of the village towards Las Lagunitas.

For almost an hour I enjoyed pure solitude, the only other person I spotted was a lone surfer enjoying a break off a rocky headland. The footpaths are really clearly marked out with stones and signs reminding you that the island is a protected area, so not to stray off the path.

The salt water lagoons were a vivid splash of green, the water surface was casting a mirror image it was so still. For naturalists the local plant species were identified as La Siempreviva de Lobos (Limonium ovalifolium spp. canariense) and Arthrocnemum macrostachyum.

Las lagunetas, Isla de Lobos

I continued along the sandy footpath which meandered away from the coast, in the direction of the lighthouse. I caught glimpses of civilisation in the distance between the sandy and volcanic hillocks, as I headed towards the furthest point on the island, they were the holiday resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.

I was impressed by two cyclists who decided to ride the fairly steep incline up to the Faro de Martiño, it was a hot autumn day and the three of us welcomed the shade offered on the far side of the building. The lighthouse dates back to 1865, and its large courtyard was designed to collect rainwater, as there’s no natural water source on this island.

Faro de Martiño

After a short rest, I was itching to get going, this time my focus was on reaching the top of Montaña de La Caldera, which is the main area for birdwatching. As you leave the main circular footpath to start the ascent up La Caldera, there is a sign warning you are entering an important area for birds, in fact walkers are asked to remain silent from 15th February to 31st July during the main nesting season. The vast amounts of white splashes dropped on the stone footpath leading up the sea volcano gave a clue as to the amount of birds present in this area. It’s quite a short steep zig zag path up to the top, the panoramic views from the top at 127 metres above sea level were definitely worth it.

Birdlife Isla de lobos

This haven for birdlife is popular with twitchers hoping to spot the endangered Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and Cory’s Shearwater (Pardela cenicienta).

I noted the sandy crescent of Playa de La Calera, or La Concha as its also known, dotted with umbrellas and sun worshipers enjoying the shallow and sheltered lagoon in the distance. Having watched the birds circling below me whilst I caught my breath, it was time to move on, I had decided that I did want to eat at the restaurant.

El puertito

The beach was calling as I passed, my feet were so ready for a paddle in the turquoise bay, but my mind was on food. In a few more minutes I arrived back at my starting point of El Puertito. I groaned inwardly as I saw the queue of patrons waiting for tables, I knew I should have booked earlier when I had the chance. I approached the window serving hatch in the wall and pleaded my case, I spotted a lone plastic chair and table outside and almost begged if it would be alright to sit there… el jefe said si!

I love this place, the chiringuito or restaurant Antonito El Farero as it’s now signposted is wonderful. There’s no menu, we’ve eaten here before  and were served fresh fish simply scored and deep fried with wrinkly potatoes and mojo. Today I was given a paella dish for one with a hunk of bread, which I washed down with an ice cold shandy.

Restaurant Antoñito el farero

My time on the Isla de Lobos was almost over, I meandered back to El Muelle where the boat had dropped us off. The visitor centre has information about the Lobos Marinos which translates to Sea Wolves, we’d call them Monk Seals, who used to populate the island.  Sadly the population were hunted to extinction by the Spanish conquerors, and local fishermen have not been keen on the idea of reintroducing them since.

I’d highly recommend a boat trip over to the Isla de Lobos. If you just want to laze in a different location then there are companies offering to anchor just off shore where you can chill and enjoy the clear blue water for a swim and snorkel.

Playa de la concha, Isla de lobos

If you’re planning to make a day of it, pack well, take plenty of drinks and food if you don’t want the fresh fish / paella served up by the only restaurant. There’s very little shade on the island, so if you’re heading for the beach an umbrella wouldn’t go amiss, or if walking you definitely need a hat.

Restaurant Antoñito el farero's paella

La Isla de Los Lobos, translates to the Island of Wolves, these days the only sea wolf you can find are made of concrete as a reminder as to how the island was named.

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
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Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
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Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
www.hellocanaryislands.com