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Los Lobos

Los Lobos (Wolves Island)

Los Lobos is the small spit of rock, visible from Playa Blanca, which sits in front of Corralejo in Fuerteventura. It belongs to the municipality of La Olivia. It has an area of 4.6 km². It has been a nature reserve without permanent human population since 1982. The island is accessible to tourists via a short ferry ride from Correlejo. It has day facilities and weekend homes of local fishermen. The lighthouse was automated in 1968.

The island's name means wolves in Spanish, but the origin relates to sea rather than land mammals. Up until the 19th century monk seals, also colloquially known as sea wolves, colonised the island.

Los Lobos is a protected Nature Reserve and is of great interest to nature lovers, as it has an abundance of rare flora and fauna.

Visitors can explore the entire island on foot, marvel at the views across to both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura or just relax on one of the small, beautiful beaches.
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Los Lobos 'Wolves'

Monk seals were the island's only inhabitants when it was discovered by the Spanish conquerors of the Canary Islands in the fifteenth century.

With the arrival of man, these animals were hunted on a massive scale by sailors and fishermen who saw them as a source of food, fat and skin.

As a result of this hunting, the species eventually became extinct on the island and their presence now is only occasional.
An Ecologically Sensitive Island

The island was one of the first natural areas of the Canary Islands to be designated as a natural park in 1982. Later the island was also designated an area of special protection for birds, and many marine species of migratory birds inhabit the island. The island is considered as an ecologically sensitive area.

There are very few facilities on this island, and no shops or bars, so visitors are advised to bring food and, more importantly water, since it can be very hot.

Disabled visitors may have difficulties in visiting this island.
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Roman Los Lobos

Los Lobos has revealed many Roman artefacts, such as hooks and nails made from bronze and iron, plates, cups, lids for cooking pots and handles for kitchen and dinner utensils commonly used by Romans during this period.

The archaeologists from the La Laguna University believe that these findings show that Romans came to the Island of Lobos and probably other Canary Islands on a seasonal basis, rather than for permanent occupation.
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