Island of Lobos or Islote de Lobos? The first is the official name; the second, the popular one, owes it to its scarce 4.5 square kilometers. Less than two miles from the north coast of Fuerteventura (Spain), there are no inhabitants or roads. Only one lighthouse and a restaurant, in which it is essential to book in person. Of course, they cook fish of the day. Even the one captured by customers.
The last inhabitant of the island was Antonio Hernández, known as “Antoñito, the lighthouse keeper”. He lived until 1968 with his family in the Martiño Lighthouse, which is still in operation – now without supervision – and is the only official work of Isla de Lobos. Built at the end of the 19th century, it is neoclassical in style and is located in the north of the island, facing Lanzarote – some eight kilometers away.
The one that was the island of the sea lions, now it is of the birds. Marinas (pardela, guincho, yellow-legged gull), which nest in the cliffs, and migratory species such as the tern and the gray heron. On land they accompany small reptiles such as the lizard and the perenquén.
Formed 135,000 years ago, Isla de Lobos is the youngest area of Fuerteventura. It owes its name to those who were its most enduring inhabitants, the sea lions (or monk seals), who lived here until 500 years ago when they were hunted by the conquerors who came to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. In his honor there is a statue of two sea lions, which is out of place in this almost virgin space. Although, curiously, it is not the only sculpture on the island, there is also one dedicated to the Spanish writer Josefina Pla, born here in 1903.
The Romans also passed through Isla de Lobos. At least, as a temporary parking lot to grow murice, a purple marine snail highly prized as a dye.
Already abandoned by Romans, conquistadors and lighthouse keepers, it is currently uninhabited. There are some very basic construction booths, in which their owners have what it takes to spend the day. To get to the island, it is usual to take a ferry or a small fishing boat from Corralejo (Fuerteventura). The journey takes no more than 15 minutes. In destination they wait calm waters, some of the most turquoise of the Canary archipelago. A restful relax that has its zenith in El Puertito. In this natural pool one believes to be in a paradise of transparent waters that contrasts with the volcanic rocks.
In addition to an unforgettable bath, this area is perfect for practicing one of the most popular activities on the island, snorkeling. The other is hiking thanks to the excursions to the volcanic cone of the only mountain on the island, La Caldera. With 127 meters of height, it is an acceptable challenge that stands out before the rest of the landscape and that offers a panoramic view of the island.
Isla de Lobos is declared a natural park so some spaces are restricted access. Beyond the path and the beaches, the islet is covered with volcanic malpais: terrain full of little eroded rocks. No one said it was easy to be an abandoned island in the middle of the Atlantic. You can ‘live’ for a day, since camping is allowed. Yes, you need prior authorization from the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.
Guided tour to the isla de los lobos
Price per person with a maximum of 6 people per group and visit, check the days available and schedule your visit.
The price includes:<h/3>
- Transfer and return in nautical zodiac to the island.
- Disembark and visit the island.
- Guided tour of the island.
Recommendations to consider:
- Footwear and comfortable clothes.
- Abundant sunscreen.