Lobos Island is a protected natural area, boasting wonderful beaches with white sand and crystal clear water.
It is a very small island measuring only about 4.58 km2 . It lies off the north east of the island of Fuerteventura. The two islands are separated by La Bocayna strait, which has a maximum depth of 30 metres. The island can be seen clearly from Corralejo.
It owes its name to the fact that in the past monk seals (also known as sea lions) lived on this island. Today they are totally extinct on the island.
The small island is part of the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park. It is home to more than 130 plant species and several bird species; of particular note are the herring gull, the bustard (at certain times of the year) and the Cory’s shearwater. The sea bed is an area of underwater reserve and contains considerable ecological wealth. The highest point (123 m) is at La Caldera
In the eastern half of the island there are numerous hornitos, mounds known as “little ovens” (often circular in shape and rising to a peak), an attractive and singular feature of the landscape.
These formations occur when lava flows comes into contact with water. This contact leads to the phreatic explosions which are behind their formation. Hornitos are to be found on volcanic islands where contact between lava and the ocean is a frequent occurrence.
How to get here and what to do?
Lobos Island can be reached by ferry from the port of Corralejo; a good idea is to set out first thing in the morning and return in the afternoon, to give time to explore the whole islet.
On arrival you will find the visitor centre where you can pick up general information about the small island and buy a little souvenir. The small island has splendid bathing areas such as La Concha Beach, with its yellow sand, totally sheltered from the waves, and el Puertito where you can enjoy the wonderful clear waters and also try delicious fresh-caught fish at the only restaurant on the island. (Lunch only if booked; we recommend booking as soon as you arrive on the island). Lobos Island has a rest area where you can take a break and enjoy the views before continuing with your visit to the island.
To visit the island it is necessary a free permit which can be obtained at the following link: http://visitasisladelobos.com/
Visiting hours is divided in 2 shifts of 200 hundred people each, the morning 10:00hrs to 14:00hrs and the afternoon from 14:00hrs to 18:00hrs
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