|Lobos Island lies 2 km off the coast of Fuerteventura and 8km from Lanzarote. Its entire coastline streches for just under 14km and encircles the 5 sq. km nature reserve. The formation of Lobos belongs to the Pleistocene era and is dominated by the basaltic lava fields partially covered in some sectors by organic sands.Many years ago the Island was home to a large population of seals, ‘Lobos Del Mar’ (wolves of the sea) which is where its name originates. The ‘Montana de la Caldera‘ is the highest point on the island and rises 127metres above sea level. Lobos is home to many different types of plants, animals and birds, some of which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. The view back to Corralejo dunes, especially on a clear day is spectcular.
The cristal clear lagoons are ideal for snorkeling and fishing but don’t forget to take planty of drinking water and an umbrella as there isn’t much shade from the sun. If you’re little more energetic then take a stout pair of walking boots and binoculars and see if you can spot any of the rare birds that visit the island including egrets, petrols and culews.
In days gone by Lobos was home to dense populations of seals – ‘lobos del mar’ (Sea Wolves) hence the island’s name.
Other birds to look out for are the extremely rare and endangered hubera canaria (Hubara Bustard) Chlamydotis undulata Fuerteventurae, el corredor (Cream Coloured Cursor) Cursorius Cursor and el alcaudón (Great Grey Shrike) Lanius Excubitor amongst others.
With luck and good timing you could be witness to the arrival of migratory birds such as charrán commún (Common Tern) Sterna Hirundo Hirundo, las garzas (Blue Heron) Ardea sp. and garcetas (Egret Heron) Egretta sp., los zarapitos (Curlew) Numenius sp., etc
Other fauna are the lagartija (Haria Lizard) Gallotia Atlantica, el perenquen (Moorish or Crocodile Gecko) Tarentola Mauritanica and el conejo (Rabbit) Oryctolagus Cuniculus
Species that are well adapted to high salinity dominate the island.
There’s over 130 species of vegetation some of which are unique to the island
Thee Flora jewel is La Siempreviva, Limonium ovalifolium canariense – endemic on the island, which together with La Uvilla de Mar Zygophyllum fontanesii, the saltmarsh Sarcocornia fruticosa and other siemprevivas Limonium papillatum & L. Tuberculum constitute the most representative of Las Lagunitas.
Other halófilas present are: el salado lanudo Chenoleoides tomentosa, la aulaga Launaea arborescens, el balancón Traganum moquinii, el espino Lycium intricatum, la tabaiba amarga Euphorbia obtusifolia, etc
The magnificent examples of Tabaiba Dulce E. balsamifera are outstanding.
A visit to the island by Glass Bottom Boat is a must.
Lobos by Glass Bottom Boat
Remember that Lobos is a Protected Nature Zone and that you can contribute to its conservation by following the rules and guidelines below:
Permitted Activities Cycle only in the General and Moderate Zones.