Islote de Lobos Nature Reserve, Fuerteventura

Islote de Lobos, a deserted paradise


Islote de Lobos is an uninhabited natural gem covering just 4.5 square kilometres, a mere two kilometres from the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Only accessible by sea, there are a few companies that can take you from the closest port, Corralejo, to explore a landscape that has barely changed for centuries.

Fun on the water... The result of a volcanic eruption, like the rest of the Canaries, Lobos takes its name from the fact that it used to be home to sea lions, known in Spanish as "lobos marinos". Although they no longer inhabit the island, it remains a natural haven for anyone who wishes to enjoy an almost-untouched paradise, with 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Lobos is the perfect place to enjoy peaceful, almost-deserted beaches. Las Caleras, or La Concha, named for its shell shape, is an idyllic place for bathing.Surfers have also discovered the great right hand waves on the south east face of the islet, and often practice their sport in this spectacular spot. The diving here is equally engrossing. Simply put on a pair of goggles and discover a seabed full of marine life.

Map of Islote de Lobos

And on dry land Numerous routes criss-cross the islet. The longest of these is the one to La Caldera, the highest point of the island. From its 127 metres, you can enjoy the views across the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Remember to wear comfortable footwear and use sun protection. Another attraction is the local flora. Species such as the houseleek and the limonium, which you'll only find on this island, are visible along many of these routes. You can also keep an eye out for the fauna – most of all, the birds, So don't forget your binoculars to enjoy them in flight. To top off your Canary Island visit, why not visit the island's only restaurant: El Farero in Chiringuito de Antoñito. Situated in El Puertito, close to the wharf, you can sample its fried fish and rice dishes. What a way to round off such a unique experience in one of Spain's most enchanting islands.

Islote de los Lobos, Fuerteventura