Isla Lobos, Fuerteventura.

The island of Lobos is a nature reserve a ten minute ferry trip away from Corralejo, and just a little bit further from Lanzarote.

If you do wish to visit Lobos you willl need to make an online request at permisodevisitaisladelobos.entree.es or in the environment section of the Cabildo website. you can order three days in advance and can be valid for up to three people. You can book for morning 10 to 2pm or from 2 to 6pm. The maximum number of visitors is 200.

There is a visitors centre with information about the island, as well as a circular hall where people can go to get out of the sun and eat their picnics and escape from the sun.

There is also an archaeological site that is investigating the remains of a roman settlement that was on the island for the purpose of obtaining dye from mussels. Between spells of activity this is covered to stop the effects of weathering and to prevent sand accumulating over the digging that has already been done.

The island is small enough to be walked round in a few hours, but large enough for you to be able to feel that you are the only person on the island. The entire coastline is just under 14km.

The fact that the island is a nature reserve means that you are not free to tramp all over the island, but a series of well defined paths allows all of the island to be seen. There are rangers who will make sure you stick to the paths! The views from the top of The Caldera de la Montana are particularly rewarding, though they are not entirely free, as the 127m climb to the summit is too strenuous for some people.

On the day that we went there were wall to wall blue skies. The trip across on the ferry started at 9.45 and we were on the island at just after ten. Having made a short stop to observe the fish through the glass bottom of the boat.

We decide to tour the island in an anticlockwise direction, calling in at El Puertito to visit the restaurant. Unfortunately this was closed when we visited, so we carried on along the track, past the Playa de la Arena to the lighthouse. If you want to use the restaurant you have to book in advance.

There is a wide range of flora on the island. It got its name Lobos from the large population of seals "wolves of the sea" as they were called, that used to live there,

There is very little shade on the island, so it was pleasant to sit in the shade of the lighthouse, looking towards Lanzarote. There is something very relaxing about watching the Atlantic waves roll into the shores of Lobos.

Having rested a while we walked on towards the Caldera de la Montana. The climb here is quite steep and long enough to cause some visitors to turn back. This may have been because the path is made from hard rock that is fairly unforgiving if you are not wearing suitable footwear.

The views from the top are well worth the effort. There are excellent views of the island itself and you have a birds eye view of the surfers waiting for a suitable wave to roll in from the Atlantic.

When we got down from the mountain we walked to the beach at Playa de la Concha. This beach forms an arc around a cove, the water of which is shallow enough to be safe, and deep enough to enjoy.

We really enjoyed our trip to Lobos and would recommend it as an excellent day out. We would advise taking enough water and food to get through the day, and would also advise making sure you have adequate protection against the sun. If you tackle the mountain early on, then you can loll about for the rest of the day knowing you have earned your relaxation. Don't forget to take some sturdy footwear.

Lobos Island

Walking group

Clear waters

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Ferry from Lanzarote

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Lobos

Lobos towards Corralejo
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Lobos Harbour

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Walking on Lobos

Caldera de La Montana
Caldera de La Montana

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