The Most Important Things About Isla de Lobos
About 3 kilometers northwest of Corralejo on Fuerteventura, you will find an island of approximately 4.6 square kilometer. On it there is hardly more than nature, peace and relaxation. Along the excellently signposted hiking trails you can explore the Isla de Lobos. Virgin landscapes and unique vegetation are waiting to be discovered by you. Several ferries and boats depart every day for the small island. You can take a ferry on your own to the small island or take part in a guided tour. The possibilities are manifold.
In 1982, the entire island was declared a nature reserve. As a result, you will find virtually no buildings there, and even fever paved roads or cars. You reach this dream place after only 15 minutes. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Fuerteventura for a few pleasant moments, spend some time on the idyllic Isla de Lobos. How to get there, what you need to consider, what to do and what to see on the Isla de Lobos can be found in this informative article, which will make sure that your visit to the island will be a perfect excursion.
- How to get to Isla de Lobos
- Attractions on Isla de Lobos
- History of Isla de Lobos
- Beaches of Isla de Lobos
- The most important information about the necessary permits
- Our excursions to Isla de Lobos
Things to Do on Isla de Lobos
Guided Tours to the Isla de Lobos
The Isla de Lobos is one of the most popular attractions among tourist in Fuerteventura. Therefore, some operators offer guided excursions to the island. Since most of these are located in the north of Fuerteventura, holidaymaker in the south cannot always expect a hotel transfer service. If you are staying in Costa Calma, or even further south, and would like to take part in such a trip to Isla de Lobos, you may have to travel to the starting point yourself. Whereas, holidaymakers in the north and around Calete de Fuste will be picked up by most of these tour operators right at their hotel. Exact information about the collection areas on the guided tours to Isla de Lobos can be found in the detailed descriptions of our excursions under “Services & Prices”.
To Isla de Lobos by Catamaran
For those who want to take things easy, we recommend a catamaran tour to the Isla de Lobos. All you have to do is relax, let the sea breeze caress your skin and enjoy the view of this small island. Most of these boat trips do not dock on the island. These tours are rather about the factor relaxation and the ambience. Both combine to create a unique experience around the Isla de Lobos.
E-bike Tour on Isla de Lobos
During this activity, you and your e-bike will be taken to Isla de Lobos by boat. You do not need to worry about anything. You will cross the small island in the most comfortable way possible and get to know this beautiful place in detail. This is sightseeing with a high degree of comfort.
Snorkeling on the Coast of the Isla de Lobos
Some areas off the coast of the island are among the most popular and beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Fuerteventura. It is no wonder, because Isla de Lobos offers its visitors a true underwater paradise. The calm waters in front of the beach Playa de la Concha de Lobos is particularly beautiful. Experience a unique snorkeling excursion starting from Corralejo.
JetSki Tour to Isla de Lobos
A very exciting and adrenaline-filled way to get to know the island is a JetSki safari there. Why not round the island with such a powerful machine stopping at the most beautiful places? And perhaps even encounter dolphins? Do not miss this opportunity.
To Isla de Lobos by Ferry
If you want to visit the island on your own, you will get there quickly and easily with one of the regular ferries. The crossing takes about 15 minutes. Between 10am and 2pm the ferry leaves every hour and one last time at 3:30 pm. Please note that you will need an official permit to access the island. More information about this topic can be found below in this text.
Things to See on the Isla de Lobos
The Lighthouse “Faro de Martiño”
At the northern end of the island you will find the Faro de Martiño. The tower itself is just 7 meters high. But due to its location on a hill it protrudes 29 meters above sea level. The solar-powered lighthouse is now completely automatic. Unfortunately, you cannot climb to the platform at the top, but from the railing of the tower you have a breathtaking view of the Atlantic and the northern coast of the Isla de Lobos.
El Puertito and the Restaurant Chiringuito Lobos Antoñito El Farero
El Puertito is a former small fishing village; here you will find the only restaurant that is still run today: Restaurante Chiringuito Lobos Antoñito El Farero. The buildings were erected before the island was declared a nature reserve. Locals use these houses only on weekends. There are no holiday apartments here. The restaurant is rather little with about 30 seats and therefore often full. Advance reservations are possible and recommended. The menu is small and contains mainly dishes from the sea and paella. Its peculiar location with great views of the coast and over the sea, together with good and affordable food makes the visit there a unique experience.
Hiking on Isla de Lobos
There are two designated trails on the island. They both start at the arrival dock, where also the tourist center is located. The trail on the right leads along the coast, while the path on the left passes by the beach of Playa de la Concha de Lobos and crosses the interior of the island. At the lighthouse, these two trails unite and form a circuit with a total length of about 7.6 kilometers. Along the way you will encounter a variety of plant species, many of them endemic as well as numerous sea and migratory birds. Please do not leave the marked trails, as you find yourself in a nature and bird sanctuary. On the way you pass the highest mountain of the Isla de Lobos. The Montaña La Caldera (127 meters) is an extinct volcano and offers uniquely beautiful views over the island and the neighboring islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
Things to Know About Los Lobos
The History of Isla de Lobos
The young island is estimated to be between 15,000 to 30,000 years old and was created due to volcanic activity. Isla de Lobos translated means island of wolves. The name goes back to a rather sad story of the island. It is due to the expulsion and extermination of a colony of monk seals, which was located here until the 15th century. Spanish sailors hunted and killed most of them for their meat and fur. The rest of the animals eventually fled the island. The Spaniards confused the seals with sea lions (Spanish: Lobo Marino) and that's how the island got its name.
The Beaches of Isla de Lobos
The bright sandy beach of approximately 400 meters length, Playa de la Concha de Lobos is located in a bay that protects the beach as much as possible against currents and high waves. This makes the beach especially suitable for children. Since there is hardly any shade, you should definitely pay attention to good sun protection. There are rarely any people, so that you should definitely spend a few quite bathing hours on this beach.
The Most Important Things About the Permits
Since 2019, the number of visitors to the island should be limited to a maximum of 400 people a day for reasons of nature conservation. Therefore, every visitor must apply for a permit. The authorization is only valid for the current and the following two days, in the morning and in the afternoon and for a maximum of 3 persons at a time. Go to visitasisladelobos.com. The site is only available in Spanish. Use the Google translator if necessary. It works just fine. After the registration, you will receive a link to a PDF document with a QR code via e-mail. You must print this document or show it on your Smartphone. When booking a guided tour to Isla de Lobos, the operator will take care of this process for you.