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Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise


Highlights
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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
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
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
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
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Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
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01 Oct 2018

Turquoise waters of Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

I have spent years wondering about Isla de Lobos, from where I live in Lanzarote. Having now seen all of the seven Canary Islands, I hadn’t been to this islet, which is one of the closest of all. How different could it be?

 A short break in Fuerteventura gave us the perfect opportunity to check it out.

The island’s name is derived from the sea lions that were its main inhabitants, but they were almost entirely wiped out by sailors and colonists some 500 years ago, for their meat, skins and fat.

Isla de Lobos covers only 4.5 sq. km, lies just 3 km from Corralejo in Fuerteventura and 8km from Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. Getting to Lobos from Corralejo is surprisingly easy. There are numerous water taxi companies offering day trips from a line of kiosks on the harbourfront. The price for adults is 15€, with a 20% discount for residents. Private charters are available from Lanzarote, though they are usually packages that include food, drink, activities, etc and are more highly priced.

It’s essential to take everything else you need as there are no shops on Lobos. Take at least 1 L of water per person. There is no shade on the island so take lots of sun protection, a hat and an umbrella if you planning a day on the beach. Remember to pack a snorkel too, so you can discover its underwater paradise.

If you’re thinking of completing the 12.8 km trail around the island as I was, then wear a good pair of walking shoes or mountain boots, with flip-flops in your bag for later. To see the whole island takes between three to four hours, so go as early as possible to avoid the hotter afternoon sun.

Waiting for the water taxi at Corralejo harbour, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

After a short wait at the harbour, we were soon speeding across the shallow (max. 30 m deep) Bocayna Strait. I loved the adrenaline rush of the water taxi experience, though it may not be such a good idea for those with a back problem. The boat rises up and down as it coasts over the waves, which I imagine would be more intense with larger swells.

The larger ferry operators also run trips on larger boats, which is an alternative for those who would rather a calmer crossing. The price is the same, and the journey takes around 15 minutes.

The water taxi took less than four minutes to reach the gorgeous turquoise waters that surround the island. They were so tempting, I had to stop myself from jumping overboard right then!

Restaurant Antoñito in El Puertito, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Slowly the boat pulled into the harbour and we disembarked onto the jetty. There is only one place to eat on Lobos, so you either bring your own packed lunch, or book into the island’s only restaurant – Chiringuito Antoñito - as soon as you arrive.

The restaurant is the first thing you see as you get off the boat. You can choose from paella or fresh fish, which comes with Canarian potatoes, mojo and bread. We had left it a bit late, arriving at 11.30 on a summer’s day, and there were no bookings available for the rest of the day. Thankfully, we were kindly offered a take-away option.

El Puertito from above, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

There are two possible routes out of El Puertito: the left track leads you past Playa de la Concha and eventually to Montaña de la Cadera; the right-hand track leads you towards the lighthouse, El Faro de Martiño. We decided to climb the mountain first, and see the lighthouse afterwards.

On leaving El Puertito you can see a number of small rustic houses which are used by local fisherman over the weekends. There’s a small hill just past the restaurant which gives you a lovely view of the area from above.

Recycling bins near EL Puertito, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Take note of the recycling bins provided just outside El Puertito. Keep hold of any rubbish you may produce and take it here before leaving the island.

Lobos was declared a Natural Park in 1982, and despite being a desert island, is home to 130 plant species. These include Limunium ovalifolium which is endemic to this island. The paths are very well marked, restricted to limit human impact, and you are urged to stick to them to help preserve the island’s flora and fauna.

Trekking towards Montaña de la Caldera, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

As we headed towards our first destination, Montaña de la Caldera, we came across the wonderful Playa de la Concha. Many others had set up for the day, under umbrellas and bathing in the calm crystal waters. It is one of the few where bathing is permitted on the island. We were tempted to abandon mission and head to the beach, but decided to leave it until after our trek, and we continued on our trail.

Playa de la Concha, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Montaña de la Caldera is only 127 m high, not much in comparison to other volcanoes I had climbed. But it was hot and I was relieved to get to the top, and I was glad I’d brought a hat. The path was well marked though quite steep. Don’t do this in sandals, there is quite a lot of loose gravel so good shoes are a must.

View from the top of Montaña de la Caldera, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The views from the top are awesome and make the climb worthwhile; the power of nature takes your breath away. Photos could never do justice to this amazing sensation and panoramic view, but one can only try!

As you turn in a complete 360-degree rotation, you see the yellow sands of the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park on one side. On the other lie the beaches of Papagayo in Lanzarote, backed by a dramatic volcanic backdrop. It-s a truly awesome sight.

View of Fuerteventura from Montaña de la Caldera, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

In addition to being a Natural Park, Isla de Lobos was also declared an SPA (Special Protection Area for birds) in 1994. La Caldera is the name given to the side of this volcano that slopes down abruptly to the sea, and is the main nesting area on the island. Some species you may see here include the herring gull, Cinderella shearwater, the storm petrel or the yellow-legged gull.

IMAGE: Herring gull at La Caldera, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islalnds

The lighthouse sits on the northernmost tip of Lobos. It was opened in 1865 and is one of the oldest in the Canaries. Lighthouse keeper Antonio Martiño and his family lived there, as the island’s only residents, until it became automated in the 1968.

Punta Martiño lighthouse, Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Curiously, the original light was powered by olive oil and had a range of nine miles. This was later replaced by paraffin, then acetylene some time afterwards, in order to extend its range. Today the lighthouse is automatic and runs on solar panels.

If you do have a picnic then the northern side of the lighthouse offers welcome shade for taking a break.

Birdwatching station on Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

The 3.5 km walk back towards the port area is a change of scenery from the previous volcanic landscape. The path takes you towards Las Lagunitas, an area aptly names for its small lakes. This is also a good area for birding, offering information boards and a hut for birdwatching.

There is also a wide variety of fauna around this area, although somewhat drier in the summer season. I made a mental note to return during the springtime, when it will be in its full splendour.

There wasn’t out soul in sight. This is the perfect way to disconnect from the daily grind:  immerse yourself in the pure nature of a desert island paradise.

Kim Edwards-Buarque bathing at Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

Eventually we made it back to El Puertito, although later than we imagined. Luckily there was still time to cool off in those mesmerizing blue natural pools. It felt like the best dip of my life, and I ‘m sure my body sizzled as I submerged myself in the sea. Heaven on earth!

We ate our take-away fresh fish on one of the purpose-built tables in the visitor centre, where there is also a vending machine and interesting information about the island.

Sadly, it was already time to get our boat back. What a fantastic first-time Lobos experience! There will definitely be a ‘next time,’ and now that I’ve seen the whole island, it will be to spend the entire day on the beach!

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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
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Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
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Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
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A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
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