After spending a few days in the Canary Islands, we decided to visit the well-known Isla de Lobos -- a small island you can reach by ferry in about half an hour from Fuerteventura and an island definitely worth exploring.
It seems this beautiful island owes its name to the fact that many years ago, sea wolves (also called monk seals) could be found on their coasts. They tell stories that with the arrival of men — Spanish conquerors in the fifteenth century — these animals were hunted and the slaughter was so massive that the sea wolves that survived left for other places. The only trace left of these poor animals on the island is the island’s name.
The island is accesible to tourists via ferry from Corralejo, in the north of Fuerteventura. The ride is quite short and the views are lovely.
Just as you get there, it’s evident that it is a nature reserve — waters are clear and the beauty of the volcanic landscape is simply breathtaking. Despite what it may seem, the island is not barren and as you walk you find some wetlands like these:
If you are planning a long walk around the island, it’s advisable to wear good shoes and enough sunscreen, as the sun is merciless. We didn’t have proper shoes, however, good sandals allowed us to tour the island and reach their northernmost part: the lighthouse, where the keeper lived with his family until the end of the 1960s.
After reaching the lighthouse we begin our return journey, where a coveted reward awaits us: the beaches and the cool sea.
So, if you ever find yourself on a trip to the Canary Islands, don’t forget to stop by the beautiful Isla de Lobos!