Lobos is a small unspoilt island a few kilometres north of Fuerteventura.
Wild nature, volcanic wilderness and authentic beauty – this is Lobos, an island that takes its name from the old sea lions that used to inhabit its coastline.
The island is rich in ecology, which led to it being declared a protected area and being designated as a Natural Park. In addition, its rich seabed has been declared as an underwater reserve.
Its highest point is La Caldera at 127m. Its 13km of coastline and 4km² area are full of small beaches and coves, enormous sandbanks, solidified lava rivers and malpaises.
How to get there
There are many ways to get to Lobos Island, but the most common is to take a ferry from Corralejo.
There are lots of people who cross in their own vessels, whether boats, jet skis etc. Whatever the case, the only place that you can disembark is in El Puertito.
The ferry journey takes around 20 minutes and costs €15 per person, although various companies offer trips to the island, which means the price can vary from one to another. Also, each offers different types of trips: guided tours, boats with glass bottom boats, food during the journey etc.
We recommend the following options:
Since 2019, access to Lobos has been limited by Fuerteventura’s government to ensure the sustainability of the natural spaces.
The permit is free, however, you are only able to reserve it 5 days before your visit. You can only get a permit for a maximum of 3 people. It also limits your time on the island to just 4 hours:
- Morning hours (10am-2pm)
- Afternoon hours (2pm-6pm)
More info here.
Looking around Lobos
As soon as you step off the boat, you can contemplate the island’s natural purity. There is just an informtion cabin and a statue in memory of the sea lions that used to populate the island. 4km2 of wild nature and spectacular untouched wilderness is waiting for us.
Most people who visit the island do so to enjoy the magnificent coves and beaches, but the small size of the island means you can enjoy the coast as well as taking a walk through its trails.
The trails are well defined, and the points of interest are perfectly signposted. Lobos has been declared a protected area, so it is forbidden to leave the paths to maintain the purity of the island. If you’re planning on walking on any of them, it’s recommended to wear suitable shoes and protect yourself from the sun that looms over the island practically all year round.
The main route starts in the southern area, where we disembark and traverse the whole island through the centre towards the lighthouse on the north coast, from which you can see the south face of Lanzarote.
The first thing that draws the attention when you start the route is the La Caldera volcano, which is the highest point of Lobos at 127m and what initially created the island. You can climb to the summit, and as well as the crater you’ll be able to delight in the privileged views towards Lanzarote and the Sand Dunes of Corralejo (Dunas de Corralejo).
On Lobos, there is only one restaurant, so if you want to make sure you have food, it’s recommended to make a reservation there as soon as you arrive on the island, or even bring your own food.
There are several beaches and coves on Lobos Island, but because it is a protected area, access is only allowed to El Puertito. The rest of the beaches have restricted access.
La Concha Beach (Playa de La Concha), also known as La Caleta Beach (Playa de La Caleta) is found in the south of Lobos. It is a rocky white sand beach, with a horseshoe shape and fairly wide.
Very close, to the east of La Concha, you’ll find El Puertito, a spectacular cove with crystal-clear waters that is ideal for snorkelling.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a permit to travel to Lobos Island?
Yes. To visit Lobos you need to obtain a permit. It is free, valid for three people and can be obtained online.
How can I get to Lobos Island?
The most common way to travel to Lobos is to take a ferry from Corralejo, in the north of Fuerteventura. Various companies offer return journeys daily.
What is there to do on Lobos Island?
The most popular place on Lobos is El Puertito, a large natural pool in the south of the island. You can explore its wild landscape and gloriously unspoilt areas by following the marked trails. La Caldera volcano and the Punta Martiño lighthouse are two of the most popular spots.