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Visit Isla de los Lobos on Fuerteventura

October 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Attractions

Whilst on your holidays in Fuerteventura, especially if you are staying in the popular resort of Corralejo, it would be a worthwhile visit to the nearby Isla de los Lobos which can be clearly seen from Corralejo.

This tiny island lies some 3km offshore from Corralejo and is claimed to be named after the wolf seals [los lobos marinos] which inhabited the island – although unfortunately the seals have since disappeared as they were killed off by fisherman many years ago. Others attribute the name of the island to the tiny volcanic mounds which lie on the shore and look like seals. Whichever is correct, the local cabildo [council] has shown intentions to bring the seals back to the island.

This is a popular outing by boat [or glass-bottomed boat] from Corralejo, and once on the island you will notice that there are no roads, no cars and nobody lives on the island. The last inhabitants on the island were the lighthouse keeper and his family, but they left the island in 1968 since which time the island has been uninhabited. However, you will be able to walk around the island and you will notice a profusion of volcanic rocks coming out of the other stones and sand.Isla de Lobos Fuerteventura

There is one mound that is 127m high which is called Montana Lobos and was once volcanic. If you are feeling energetic, head for the crater at the top for some great views of the island that measures some 4.4 square km [1.7 square miles], and over to Fuerteventura.

On the slopes on Montana Lobos you should be able to see the botanical garden which has appeared naturally, and which is used by migrating birds as a resting point.

You will arrive at a tiny fishing village called El Puertito that has a small restaurant and some lively beaches [albeit smaller than the beaches you may be used to on Fuerteventura]. Take some sensible walking shoes and you can make your way around the island, using the well-marked walking trail.

Today, the island is a haven of peace and quiet – and something different to see whilst on your Fuerteventura holiday.

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