Los Lobos island is a small island located 2 kilometers off the coast of Fuerteventura, near the town of Corralejo. It was declared a nature reserve in 1982, and has an area of 4.68 square km. No-one lives on the island and is only visited on a daily basis by local fishermen and tourists, who use tourist boats, from Corralejo. It used to be the home of monk seals, or sea wolves as they were sometimes called. This was how the island was named, as it means ‘wolves island’. However, after the island was found by the conquests in the 15th Century, the monk seals were hunted for food, and so they became extinct on the island.
Like Fuerteventura, Los Lobos island is a volcanic and arid place. Its highest point is the Montaña del Caldera which is 127 metres high and is an extinct volcano. It was declared a nature reserve to protect the 130 plant species, and then later as a Special Protection Area for the migratory birds that visit the island.
This island is popular among tourists who want a day trip, and especially if they are interested in geology, fauna and flora. During the day there are a number of boats that do the return trip to the island from Corralejo. These include glass-bottomed boats and catamarans. These day trips can be booked at the kiosks in front of Corralejo harbour.
Once on the island, visitors are asked to keep to a number of sign-posted routes, to protect the landscape. The routes include a walk to the lighthouse at the north of the island, and up the Montaña del Caldera. Close to the boat jetty there is also a sandy beach called Playa de la Concha, which is ideal for sunbathing and swimming in the lagoon.
No-one can stay on the island overnight, unless permission is received from the Cabildo of Fuerteventura to camp for up to three nights. The Cabildo of Fuerteventura are currently (Oct 2014) renovating an old building on the island as a rest area for visitors, which will include toilets, shade areas, and vending machines for food and drink.
In the video below, you can see in 4 minutes a summary of the lovely island day trip
Los Lobos island is very quiet and peaceful, and offers a very different sort of day if you are prepared to walk around. There are lovely views of the sand dunes near Corralejo and of Lanzarote, and it will be a day to remember.
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