Lobos Island is a very important ecological paradise, so you won’t find the usual tourist attractions here.
This destination is for those who are seeking to enjoy nature through hiking or going to a beach with unique volcanic scenery as a backdrop.
It is a must-see location for those who just want to wander for a few hours.
You can do this on your own, taking advantage of your four-hour visit or join a tour.
We’ll tell you about all these options in this article.
If you come by ferry, you’ll arrive at the dock at the southern part of the island.
There, you’ll find the only houses on the island, as well as the one and only restaurant where you can have a meal.
The restaurant, Antoñito el Farero, is named after the island’s last lighthouse keeper and is run by members of his family.
You must reserve, since capacity is quite limited and so they can serve you in the 13:00, 14:30 or 16:00 dining slots.
You’ll be surprised by the quality of their dishes and very affordable prices. Enjoy fresh fish or a delicious paella along with a dream-like landscape.
Depending on what time slot you choose, lunch will be either at the beginning or at the end of your visit to this paradise.
Below, we’ll list all the points that you should visit if you’d like to make the most of your stay on the islet.
If you want to get to this little bay, follow the stone path that starts outside of El Puertito, to the right of it.
It’s a very small and also very precious site, home to a species called Limonium bollei, a plant that’s endemic to this small islet.
It’s also a good spot to watch sea birds, where you’ll see European herring gulls, , great bustards, and Scopoli’s shearwaters..
As you enjoy this route, please remember that it is a protected space, so leaving the path and swimming in Las Lagunitas are not allowed.
Puertito de Lobos.
When you see Puertito de Lobos for the first time, you’ll find it hard to believe that these transparent waters are real.
This tiny bay may be your first stop on the island. If you come by water taxi or small boat, this will be your arrival point.
It’s a very small settlement whose inhabitants are proud to live in one of the most beautiful locations in the area.
The shallowness of the crystal-clear waters on the coast invites marine species to mingle with swimmers and snorkel enthusiasts.
A small wooden dock overlooks the water, where you can sit and take in the scenery of this little piece of paradise.
Puertito de Lobos is on a white sand cove framed by crystal-clear waters that make it a space filled with magic. The dock can also be used as springboard for jumping into one of the most beautiful natural spots in the Canary Islands.
A curious fact: when the tide is high, the beach disappears to give way to a turquoise lagoon where you can enjoy some snorkelling.
La Caldera Mountain.
One of the things that you absolutely should not miss is a hike up La Caldera, a former volcano that makes the island’s landscape unique.
Hiking up to the 122-metre peak is not too difficult. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote when you get to the crater.
You won’t be able to stop taking pictures.
One of the most emblematic points on Lobos Island, it was home to Antoñito the lighthouse keeper and his family for years.
Nowadays the lighthouse, which shines onto the Bocaina Strait, is automated.
If you decide to take the circular path, Martiño Lighthouse will be part of your route.
La Concha or La Calera beach.
The beach, one of the favourites in Fuerteventura, is named after its shell-like shape, although it also looks like a half moon, so you might feel like you are at a lake and not on a beach.
Your memories of this beach will be different depending on when you visit it, since the colour of the water changes with the light, going from green to pale blue.
Walking to it from the dock is easy. Since the islet is small (1.2 long by 816 metres wide) you can get to any part of the islet in no time at all.
It’s perfect for visiting with family and children, because it invites you to go for a swim, or to snorkel, or play in the sand. It’s also quite shielded, so the waters are usually very calm there.
Hiking on Lobos.
If you’re not planning to stretch out on the beach and sunbathe, then hiking could be an option for you.
You can go on a 12.8 km route. You should wear comfortable shoes since most of it is stone, even though the difficulty level is low.
Start at La Concha beach and follow a circular path around the island, where you’ll be able to see Martiño Lighthouse and La Caldera volcano and spend some time at Las Lagunitas.
Take the opportunity to view some of the Roman ruins that still stand there.
Even though four hours gives you plenty of time to finish, you should be mindful of the time if you decide to hike to the top of the volcano, so you get back to the boat on time.