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Trips and Excursions

lobos003The island of Lobos was one of the first nature areas to be designated as 'protected' by the Parque Natural Las Dunas de Cirralejo e Isla de Lobos Declaration in 1982. A law passed in 1994 reclassified Lobos and the Corralejo Dunes as separate nature parks: Parque Natural Dunas de Corralejo and Parque Natural Islote de Lobos. The European Community Commission has now included Lobos in the Spanish areas of special protection for birds.

The island of Lobos lies just 2 km off the coast of Corralejo and 8 km from Lanzarote and was formed by the volcanic activity that formed its highest point, Montaña La Caldera, which stands at 127ms.

Lobos002Many years ago this 5sq km island was home to a population of seals, “lobos del Mar” or sea wolves, which gave it its name, but now it is home to many different seabirds that nest in the cliffs and rocks such as la pardela cenicienta (Cory's Shearwater) Calonectris diomedea, la pardela chica (Little Shearwater) Puffinus Assimilis, el paiño commún (Storm Petrel) Hydrobates Pelagicus, el petrel de bulwer (Bulwer's Petrel) Bulweria Bulwerii, el guincho (Osprey) Pandion Haliaetus ssp. haliaetus, or the gaviota patiamarilla (Caspian Gull) Larus Cachinnans.

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.

There are, of course other animals on the island such as the lagartija (Haria Lizard) Gallotia Atlantica, el perenquen (Moorish or Crocodile Gecko) Tarentola Mauritanica and el conejo (Rabbit) Oryctolagus Cuniculus.

There are over 130 species of vegetation, some of which are unique to the island, but all flora species have to be well adapted to the high salinity dominate the island in order to thrive. The 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. The magnificent examples of Tabaiba Dulce E. balsamifera are outstanding.

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Just a short boatride away from Corralejo you'll find the Nature Reserve of Lobos almost churchlike in its peace and tranquillity. You'll have the wonderful view back to Fuerteventura and the chance to spot plants and birds not to be found anywhere else on the planet. Above all, an experience of serenity and privilege awaits those that make the little effort required.

 

To get there visit the marina and book your trip at one of the many booths alongside the pedestrian area or visit the Where Abouts? What’s on information centre.

Phone 928 535 418

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