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Water Taxi última generación: servicio ‘deluxe’ para descubrir el paraíso natural de la Isla de Lobos

Más rápido, más cómodo y con la máxima seguridad.
El célebre servicio de Water Taxi desde Corralejo a la Isla de Lobos evoluciona y da un paso de gigante para ofrecer una excursión única a este paraíso de sensaciones que forma parte del Parque Natural que protege unas 2.600 hectáreas del norte de Fuerteventura.

water taxi corralejo isla de lobos

Todos los datos técnicos de esta puntera  embarcación avalan que el Quer50 aportará un extra de calidad a la experiencia de conocer las cristalinas aguas de Lobos, de saludar con respeto a su imponente volcán o de disfrutar de un chapuzón en la bahía de la Playa de la Concha.
La aventura será inolvidable. Solo hay que disfrutarla.

Y es que se trata de un barco fabricado expresamente para Fuertecharter que se adapta a la perfección a las condiciones de navegabilidad características del norte de Fuerteventura y del poderoso Océano Atlantico.
Gracias a la atención a los detalles y a la búsqueda de la calidad premium, el nuevo servicio Water Taxi ofrece a los pasajeros una travesía más cómoda y segura. Este confort único se logra mediante el diseño exclusivo de Quer -astillero con sede en Barcelona- del casco de carbono, en especial en la proa con un diseño aerodinámico que favorece la navegación haciendo que el barco se deslice sobre la espuma del mar.

water taxi corralejo isla de lobos

La moderna embarcación desembarca en las aguas majoreras equipada con dos potentes motores que garantizan adrenalina, con un casco de proa ancha para mayor estabilidad, con una nevera súper equipada y con un servicio de auto guía que podrá acompañar al viajero durante toda la excursión.
Además, un llamativo toldo garantiza la protección de hasta 50 pasajeros frente al luminoso sol que baña Canarias durante prácticamente todo el año.

¿Cuáles son las características que hacen tan especial este barco? El diseño apuesta por un aspecto llamativo que acentúa la modernidad y el atrevimiento, cualidades que no están reñidas con la placentera navegación: ágil, estable y rápida.
Además, el pasajero tendrá una visión 360º del espectáculo que le rodea, lo que garantiza que no se pierda ni un detalle de lo mucho y variado que ofrece este enclave único de la naturaleza.

Y para los amantes de la náutica, aquí van algunos números que subrayan el atractivo del servicio ‘deluxe’ que ofrece esta última generación del Water Taxi Corralejo-Lobos: más de 12 metros de eslora, 4,25 metros de manga, 25 nudos de velocidad de crucero, capacidad para 48 pasajeros y dos tripulantes, 2 motores de 440CV Yanmar…¿Se puede soñar algo mejor para disfrutar de una excursión por el mar majorero?

Para saborear al máximo de la experiencia de conocer el islote de Lobos con este nuevo y único servicio de Water Taxi, Fuertecharter lanza al mar desde el 15 de julio esta embarcación de última generación que completa a la perfección su amplia y variada flota.

Junto a las excursiones en catamarán, de observación de cetáceos y de pesca, los viajeros cuentan desde ya con una forma más rápida, segura y cómoda de visitar un paraíso salvaje y único.

Si estas listo para probar esta experiencia única…todos a bordo desde ya en el rompedor Quer50. El bañador, la protección solar, la toalla y las ganas de disfrutar son cosa tuya. El resto lo pone  Fuertecharter, una empresa con décadas de experiencia y servicio garantizados. Zarpamos hoy mismo. ¡Te esperamos!

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Elegance & adrenaline with the New Jolly Prince 38 Sport Cabin

Imagine taking a sip from a glass of prosecco and enjoying some fresh summer fruits while surrounded by beautiful crystal clear waters in which you can take a swim to refresh yourself.

Or imagine being able to visit Lanzarote’s Playa del Papagayo arriving directly by sea at a cruising speed of 40 knots that will make your journey fast and exciting and then snorkeling while observing the coast’s beautiful seabed populated by a myriad of colorful fish. 

All this is possible simply by booking a private excursion with Fuertecharter!

Prince 38 Sport Cabin is undoubtedly one of the most elegant semi-rigid boats you can find in the port of Corralejo, but what makes it so special compared to other boats?

Its main features are the three Yamaha 300 V6 engines which allows us to reach a speed of 50 knots without stability problems.

Thanks to its very deep “V” hull, it can hold high cruising speeds even on rough seas.

The cabin excels in elegance and ergonomics.

In fact, Prince 38 SC offers a state of the art cruise.

We notice this when we look at the cabin which, thanks to an electrically operated table, that has three different position options: a sunbathing area, a dining area , as well as a more peaceful and relaxing area.

The three sofas are comfortable and safe in navigation thanks to high protective backrests.

All deck surfaces are lined with teak wood.

The bow is spacious, comfortable and offers seating for those who want to enjoy high speed with the ‘wind blowing in their face’.

The surrounding handrail and a passageway give us the freedom to move around safely whilst cruising.

Below deck there is a spacious cabin with a double bed and a separate bathroom with shower and various cabinets where you can store your things without the risk of them flying overboard!

These are just a few of the technical details of this incredible boat, but beyond that the New Jolly Prince 38 SC is a complete package to give you a unique and unforgettable experience.

This boat can perfectly accommodate up to 12 people.

The tour with Prince 38 SC offers the opportunity to visit the caves on the Lobos Island that would be unreachable otherwise.

And that’s not IT!

It’s possible to organise an unforgettable trip to Lanzarote, as well as a visit to La Graciosa Island.

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, graduation or a hen/bachelorette party, this is the perfect present.

So, are you ready to come and join us to experience an emotionally fulfilling adventure?
Such moments full of emotion and adrenaline that will be unforgettalbe saling the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

We’re waiting for you!

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Let’s discover together the marine fauna of Fuerteventura!

What is one of the biggest dreams of children?
Without a doubt, seeing dolphins!
Seeing them swimming freely in the unspoilt ocean is an experience that adults will never forget.



But how can you experience this unique and exciting adventure?
It’s easy! You can just buy a ticket for an excursion with Fuertecharter!





The tour starts by embarking from the port of Corralejo, and is designed for everyone to have fun, both adults and children.


The best sailing area for whale watching is the channel between Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and the island of Lobos.

 Most of the time we find them to the northwest of the island of Lobos, a couple of miles off the coast, with the Papagayo Beach of Lanzarote and the Great Beaches of Corralejo as a frame. Other times they can be found in Lanzarote, in the area in front of Playa Quemada, Puerto del Carmen or Puerto Calero; sometimes they can be found along the east coast of Fuerteventura, in front of the wonderful natural park of the Corralejo Dunes, at the foot of Montaña Rojas, known for its special red peak.

These unspoilt areas are home to many marine animals, such as dolphins, whales, pilot whales and sea turtles.

In fact, in the Canary Islands waters, you can spot 28 of the 87 types of cetaceans that exist in the world!
This certifies the high quality of the waters surrounding Fuerteventura.

It will be very easy to find a group of dolphins playing around the catamaran you are sailing on.


Seeing them is an incredible experience, but spotting a whale is truly a breathtaking moment.
 These majestic aquatic mammals swim in the waters around Fuerteventura between spring and summer.

There are many others that live in the depths in search of squid to hunt, and these cetaceans can reach up to 20 metres in length, but as we have said, they prefer to stay close to the seabed where they can remain undisturbed.

So which cetaceans can you spot on an excursion with Fuertecharter?


Bottlenose Dolphin: it is very common to see this dolphin in the Canary Islands, it measures between 2 and 4 metres, looks quite portly and likes to travel in groups, they have a lot of fun chasing our boat or swimming around!


Pilot Whale: Although it is called a whale, it actually belongs to the dolphin family and is also known as the Calderón Tropical, another common mammal in the Canary Islands. It can measure up to 5 metres in length.

Common dolphin: a very slender cetacean. It is characteristically coloured, with a dark grey dorsal area and a white ventral area; laterally it has light grey areas from head to tail. It measures up to 2.4 m in length.

Striped dolphin: The striped dolphin is similar in size and shape to several other dolphins that inhabit the same waters, however, their colouring makes them easy to distinguish in the sea. The underside or belly is white or pink. There are one or two dark blue bands running from the eye to the caudal fin.

Hammerhead shark: The most striking feature of all hammerhead shark species is the particular T-shaped head, with the eyes and nostrils located at the ends of the head, thanks to the side-to-side head movement as it swims, it can see everything around it and even behind it.

Sunfish: The body is flattened laterally and when the dorsal and ventral fins are extended, the fish is as long as it is tall.

Exocoetidae or Flying fish: Its most striking feature is the size of its unusually large pectoral fins, which allow it to fly and glide for distances of more than 50 metres.

Sperm whale: The largest toothed animal in existence, males can grow up to 20.5 metres long and weigh more than 50 tonnes.

Loggerhead turtle: known as Caretta Caretta, one of the smallest turtles in the ocean and can measure up to 120cm, it does not like to live too deep.

And if you don’t look enough, you can also see other aquatic animals such as the spotted dolphin, the rough-toothed dolphin, the black and grey pilot whale, the humpback whale and the Bryde’s whale. 

In addition, many birds can be sighted during our excursion. A very special one is the so-called Cory’s Shearwater, a type of bird that spends days without touching land in search of food. It plays an important role in the search for dolphins as it flies just above the school of bait and therefore helps us to find them.



And the experience doesn’t end here, because on this excursion we will also take you to relax in front of the island of Lobos, where you can sunbathe on our boat or do water activities such as snorkelling, sup or kayaking, and we will serve you a delicious paella, accompanied with drinks and fresh wine.

During the whole excursion we will take a multitude of free photos that you will be able to download on our website, to remember this magnificent experience forever!

What are you waiting for to book?
Get on board and live this dream adventure with us!

The four best excursions you absolutely must try in Fuerteventura!

Fuerteventura, the second largest island of the Canary islands, is one of the most desired tourist destinations in Europe, not only for surfers who find waves and wind all year round, but is loved by all thanks to its mild climate all year round.

But whether you are travelling with your partner, your family or on your own, there are so many activities you can do.
Fuerteventura is full of incredible corners of unspoiled nature.
Within a few kilometres you will feel like you are in the Sahara desert, in the turquoise waters of the Maldives or in Jurassic locations from a movie.

For more tips, read our ARTICLE dedicated to the most beautiful places on the island.

But if you are looking for exciting and exclusive activities in Fuerteventura, we have selected for you the best experiences you can have and we offer them in combination with our most popular catamaran excursion at the cheapest price you can get.

Why should you buy a combined excursion package with us?
Firstly, because in one click you save money on both activities.
Secondly, and equally important, you don’t have to do both on the same day, you can decide for yourself when to do them during your holiday.

 All packages have in common our fantastic Deluxe Combo excursion, which consists of a 4 hour catamaran tour of the island of Lobos where sailing along the coast.

On this excursion you will enjoy a guided tour of Lobos Island and discover its most beautiful corners, you’ll explore the crystal clear waters by kayak, SUP or snorkelling with hundreds of fish, and finally you’ll enjoy a delicious paella on board.

 Let’s take a look at some of our combined proposals.

Deluxe Combo + Buggy
In the last few years, buggy tours have become a must-do attraction here in Fuerteventura, especially because they are a fun and alternative way to discover the volcanic landscapes of the island.

Bring out your adventurous spirit and buy your package by clicking HERE!

 

Deluxe Combo + Visit to the Conatvs Winery
Your visit will start with a tour of the vineyard during which you will learn about the Canarian grape varieties and the techniques of growing and making Conatvs wine, which is the only brand of wine from Fuerteventura with the Protected Designation of Origin of the Canary Islands.

Don’t worry, of course you will also have a Fuerteventura wine, oil and cheese tasting!
How can you miss a good local wine?
Buy this package by clicking HERE 

Combo Deluxe + Stargazing
Did you know that Fuerteventura is a UNESCO Starlight Reserve?
It means that from here you can observe an incredibly clear sky full of stars.
You will be able to observe the Milky Way, shooting stars, planets and take night pictures, everything under the supervision of a professional guide who will explain to you all the particularities of the island’s sky.

 What’s more… It’s one of the most romantic things to do!
More information by clicking HERE.

 

Combo Deluxe + Panorama Island Grand Tour
A luxury Mercedes minibus with WiFi will take you to discover Fuerteventura from the north to the extreme south, with stops at the most beautiful and special places on the island such as the dunes of Corralejo, Betancuria, Sotavento and other picturesque places that can’t be missing on your holiday list.

 How about a tour together?
Book it by clicking HERE.

 These are just some of our offers and stay tuned because we will soon publish many more.
You can check them all out on our website www.fuertecharter.com or call us on +34669354404. 

We can’t wait for you to come on board with us and live a wonderful adventure discovering Fuerteventura!

 

Discover what’s new in the Deluxe Combo Family tour!

You might think that all boat excursions are the same, but we can assure you, that this is not the case.
That’s why we have decided to dedicate a blog article to the new features of the Deluxe Combo Family excursion with our Lagoon catamaran.

First of all, our catamaran is certified to sail up to 20 people, no longer just 12, and even if it sounds strange this peculiarity will make your excursion even more exclusive.
But let’s start from the beginning!
We will take you on the 4-hour ocean tour.

The day starts by meeting up with the crew of the catamaran at the harbour.
After the check-in at the Fuertecharter ticket office, you are welcome on board.
Shoes off! On the catamaran you walk barefoot to avoid slipping and preserve the boat floor. 

 Once we seat the captain starts explaining the planning of the tour.
After a few minutes, the first welcome drink arrives with a choice of sodas, wine or beer.
We are all already smiling, but the real beauty is yet to come, and it begins as soon as we leave the harbour and feel the wind blowing, the sailors set the sails and we are ready for the crossing towards the most beautiful island of the archipelago: the Lobos Island. Here we come!

The first stop is close to one of the most famous surf spots in Europe.
This wave is known for being one of the longest in the continent, and watching the surfers dancing on the ocean with the volcano La Caldera as the backdrop for their stunts, is a truly enchanting scene.

lobos island boat trip

After a sailing tour for discovering the beauty of the Lobos coast, we approach the harbour where the catamaran stops to moor. 

Do you remember I told you that this excursion is for a total of 20 people, and because of it the tour ends up to be more exclusive? 

The reason is that at this point we split into two groups of 10 people. 

The first group stays on the catamaran so that the participants can continue sunbathing or enjoy the water activities offered by the staff, including kayaking, stand-up puddling and an unforgettable moment of snorkelling among hundreds of fish in the beautiful turquoise waters of the island.
After that it comes the time of the famous Spanish PAELLA!
A moment of relaxation accompanied by typical Canarian food, cooked by our friends of La Lonja restaurant. 

 

The other group will land to Lobos Island with a speedboat for a guided excursion to discover its treasures.
This is the biggest change of all, as your tour will not only explore the surrounding of the island, but you will also go ashore getting to know its most precious corners.
You will be enchanted by the beauty and the authenticity of this place. 

To sum up, this is the most complete tour of Lobos Island: sea trip, excursion to the volcanic land, exclusive places, good food and certainly lots of smiles.
What are you waiting for? Come on board with us! 

 Check out our website to get more info www.fuertecharter.com and feel free to WhatsApp us or call us at +34 669354404. 

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

What to do in Lobos? Experience with Water Taxi

From our port, in just ten minutes, we can go to Isla de Lobos. This beautiful island is situated just 2km from Fuerteventura. Nevertheless, we are curious to know, what can be done on this islet? Are there houses? Are there hotels? We are going to discover it taking Water Taxi with Fuertecharter which let´s us visit the island on our own.

Arriving to Lobos

Why Water Taxi?

This is the only experience that gives you the freedom to discover this Islet. Isla de Lobos has its own signage to make the trails and roads, so there is no way to get lost. You can perfectly visit it in a single day.

What should you bring with you?

You can bring water, snacks, hats, sunscreen, bikini, towel, snorkel, etc. Everything you want to improve your experience. Put it in a backpack and get on our Water Taxi.

Fuerteventura seen from the Lobos Island

What is the route like?

After a short tour we will arrive at the Lobos dock, where all the boats arrrive. When we get off the boat, we already have the first impressive views and a perfect point to take a couple of outstanding photos.

The route

There we can see the east coast of Fuerteventura, with its dunes, great beaches and volcanoes in the background. The color of the water is spectacular.

We follow the path and arrive at the Isla de Lobos Interpretation Center. It is an excellent starting point for the excursion. There we can discover the history of this islet. We do not count any more so that you can discover it on your own.

From the Interpretation Center we turn left and thus we can begin the circular path that will take us to all the important points of the islet. We arrive at Playa de la Concha or La Caleta. It is a spectacular beach with white sand and completely protected by the waves.

The first stop and the next destination

Here we can stop to take a bath, before going to Montaña la Caldera. If you climb this ancient volcano, with a little more than 100 meters high, you will have spectacular views of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Next destination: The Punta Martiño Lighthouse. This lighthouse was officially inaugurated on February 7, 1905. In its creation, basalt stones were used, carried on the back of camels, in wafers and on Majorero donkeys. 

The Punta Martiño Lighthouse

Going down the east coast we pass through Lagunitas. There we can contemplate the natural values ​​of the island: saladares, jables de los hornitos, tabaibales del malpaís and the biodiversity of the vegetation.

vegetation

An unforgettable journey

Finally, we arrive at Puertito. There we find some of the most beautiful natural pools in the Canary Islands. The transparent waters of the pools invite us to discover the bottom while snorkeling. Here we can stay for a while to rest and relax, before returning to Fuerteventura.

El Puertito

The trail is very easy. In full, you will need about 4 hours to travel the entire island with all the stops. We leave you a small map so that you can see this tour of the Island.

Circular Route

Fuerteventura – Lanzarote – La Graciosa – Lobos – The catamaran charter

All aboard! The catamaran will set sail from Corralejo, Fuerteventura, heading north. Get ready for three days on the Fuerteventura – Lanzarote – La Graciosa- Lobos Cruise! You will enjoy impressive natural landscapes, beautiful sunsets and recreation.

The islands and islets of the Canary archipelago are true tourist gems located in the Atlantic.

Day 1 Cruise Lanzarote – La Graciosa- Lobos: Lanzarote

Sailing from the port of Corralejo, we go to our sister island – Lanzarote. From the north of Fuerte ventura we can appreciate a very different landscape from our beloved island of Fuerteventura. From afar we can see the traditional white houses of the island of Lanzarote.

White houses in Lanzarote

We land at Playa de Papagayo, the most popular beach on the island, which is located in the south of Lanzarote. Its golden sand and intense turquoise blue waters create a contrast of beautiful beauty.

Playa de Papagayo
Playa de Papagayo

After having enjoyed the water activities with our Kayak and Paddle Surf, we go to the capital of the island – Arrecife. You will enjoy a remarkable contrast after being in a place as wild as Playa de Papagayo.

Arrecife is the Capital of Lanzarote since the second half of the 19th century. It has become the administrative and commercial center of the island.

Then we go to the Marina de Arrecife, a marina for yachts and cruises, with restaurants, bars and trendy shops. There you will enjoy spectacular international food!

Arrecife offers us a lot of culture and history. We can find there among others: The Historic Quarter, the Castillo de San Gabriel and the International Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the only city we visited during our cruise.

Day 2 Lobos Cruise – Lanzarote – La Graciosa: La Graciosa Island

Now we leave from the port of Arrecife towards the north of Lanzarote, contemplating its rocky coast. After having passed the spectacular Risco de Famara, just beyond Punta Fariones, a pod of dolphins welcomes us just at the moment when we begin to see La Graciosa. What a happiness to be able to see them in their natural environment!

Dolphins

The coast of Lanzarote is very rich in marine fauna. With a little luck you can see a sperm whale or a whale during the tour. As if the welcome from the dolphins was not enough, the buzzer begins to sound. The result is a sierra fish, which we will have for dinner tonight!

Sierra

Finally, we cross the last section called El Río that is between Lanzarote and La Graciosa.

La Graciosa is known as the Eighth Island of the 7 Canary Islands. Only in 2018 was it recognized as such. With its white houses and sandy streets, it has a population of 700 people. It is one of the few places in Europe where roads are not yet built. This makes the island still virgin, and free of mass tourism.

Direction: La Graciosa

La Graciosa surprises us with its beauty, nature and silence.

The beauty of its exotic and solitary beaches captivates to a point of relaxation that is not easily achieved elsewhere.

Day 3 Lobos Cruise – Lanzarote – La Graciosa: Islet of Lobos

On the third day our cruise arrives at the islet of Lobos. Named for the large number of sea lions that once populated its shores. It is a beauty of volcanic nature, a natural space for birds and other animals on the island.

Then we landed at the Lobos anchorage to spend our last night of the cruise. The water here is crystal clear and shallow, making it easy to see the seabed.

Sunrise in Isla de Lobos

In the morning we have breakfast with a wonderful sunrise and we head back to the port of Corralejo. It is a short journey: about 15 – 20 minutes.

Enjoy 3 wonderful days on a cruise

It has been a wonderful 3 days. But as they say “all good things come to an end soon.” Until next time!

Hiking the island of Lobos

For those who enjoy nature walks, the island of Lobos, which we visit every day in our boat trips, is a beautiful enclave, which contains singularities that will astonish the hiker, being a Natural Park, which was declared as such in October 1982, when El Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo e Isla de Lobos was created, and reclassified as Natural Park in December 1994.

The following table lists the MIDE characteristics (communication system between hikers, with a scale that includes the technical and physical difficulties of the trails, to allow each hiker a better choice), where we can see that the difficulty of  the trail is minimal.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet

The trail that crosses the island represents the first stage of Fuerteventura GR-131 (long distance footpath linking the Canary Islands with the European path A7, about 5000kms, that departs from Hungary), so this step is particular, being in a separate islet to be accessed by boat.

The adventure of this stage begins on the boat that takes you to Lobos Harbour, through what is known as El Río, a sea canal that separates the islet of Lobos from  Fuerteventura just over one mile and where if we look closely we can admire some of the marine species that ply these waters, such as turtles, flying fish and even dolphins and other cetaceans.

Lobos Harbour will welcome us with its calm turquoise waters, and once the sailing is over the  hiking adventure begins.

Upon arrival at Lobos Harbour we find two trails. We will take the one on the left, since the right trail leads to the houses of Puertito, which are not included in the tour, but we recommend visiting them at the end of this stage of the trail, because of its landscape beauty and calm.

In the chosen path we’ll go through the volcanic “malpaís”, characteristic of the islet and the whole of Fuerteventura, up to Playa de la Calera (or Playa de La Cocha), with its fine sand and almost static water, which invite visitors to relax with water and sun baths.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet
©Peter Connolly

After a pause which can be used to take a dip, we continue the path, leaving the amazing Mountain Caldera on the left, with its 127-meter volcanic cone, swept away by the sea, which has turned the crater into a semicircular amphitheater at whose base the water breaks.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet
©Pedro I

We continue our journey, surrounded by the striking green of the Sweet Tabaibas (Euphorbia balsamifera), which are the exceptional inhabitants of this island, up to Caleta de La Madera, which we will sail round to finally get to Martino’s Lighthouse, located in the northern side of the islet of Lobos, which represents the final stage.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet
©bubueti

At this point there is a crossroads;  those who wish it can return the same path , but we suggest an alternative way (outside the GR trail), which also leads to El Puertito, crossing  Las Lagunitas, which are wetlands (salt marsh near the coast that is affected by the flow of the tide; the sea water is held and it makes ponds or lagoons parallel to the coast that allow the settlement of endemic plant species and also the least representative in our Islands; all these species have in common the adaptation to high salinity conditions), where you can find plenty of species, among which the houseleek (Limonium ovalifolium ssp. Canariense) stands out, endemic to the islet of Lobos.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet
©Alejandro Esquivel Ramos

Through this path back we also find cisterns and lime kilns, which tell about  the history of this magical islet.

Finally we’ll get to the houses which make up the village of Puertito, old fishing settlement which fishermen often visit nowadays to spend the weekends, except some of them who still live on the islet permanently.

Fuertecharter | Trekking Lobos Islet
©Calvin Leung

If you follow the links in this article you will find all the information about this  paradise islet.
FuerteCharter Team.

Exhibition: Archeological remains in Lobos islet

From October 28th and until November 29th the Art Centre Juan Ismael, in Puerto del Rosario, will host an exhibition where some of the archaeological Roman remains found during the excavations in Lobos islet will be shown.

Two campaigns have already been carried out in these excavations in Lobos site 1, since 2012, where, as we said in one previous article in this blog, some archaeological remains of what would have been a Roman factory  for the obtaining of purple dye (Stramonita haemastoma), dating back between the I Century B.C and the I Century A.D,  have been found out. Hence the name of the exhibition: “Lobos 1, a Roman purple workshop”.

This site, located in La Calera or La Concha beach, to the South West of Lobos islet, will have a new campaign of diggings, result of an agreement between Fuerteventura Council, The Autonomous Organism of Museums, Some centres in Tenerife council and some scientists in the research project “Poblamiento y Colonización de las Islas en el Atlántico (PYCIA), from La Laguna  University and the OAMC and there are big expectations that more remains that could be find tell us more about the history of the Canary Islands and the population of the Atlantic islands, through the Roman settlements dated to the Early Empire that, besides, also show that the boundaries and the influence of the Roman Empire spread far beyond it had been recorded up to now. For this reason many researches and approaches will have to be carried out again and the relationship between the Canary Islands and other Roman settlements of the time will be established.

FuerteCharter | Exhibition: Archeological remains in Lobos islet

The exhibition shows a selection of manufactured Roman goods, from ceramic amphoras, used to transport and store metal iron and bronze items (needles to sew nets, hooks, punches…) to stone items related to the processing of purple dye, like crusher pebbles, anvils and mortars.

FuerteCharter | Exhibition: Archeological remains in Lobos islet

The exhibition also shows shelly deposits specialised in Stramonita haemastoma, where we can see some fracture patterns of these molluscs and the way the glans used to get the purple dye were extracted.

Kitchen items can also be found, witnesses of a food and domestic activity, such as pans, different food containers, flatware, jars, platters…

FuerteCharter | Exhibition: Archeological remains in Lobos islet

The exhibition can be visited in the Art Centre Juan Ismael, C/ Almirante Lallermand, Nº 30, in Puerto del Rosario, opening times from 10 to 13 and from 17 to 21h, every day except Sundays and Mondays, when the centre is closed.

FREE ADMISSION.
For further information: www.cabildofuerteventura.org
Telephone: 928 859 750/1/2.

Fuertecharter Team

Remodelling Lobos islet

Our dear neighbour, Lobos islet, main spot in our daily boat trips towards its coast, is taking part in a remodelling project which aims to meet the needs of tens of visitors who get to its quay every day.

Last summer they launched some restoration works in Lobos islet, in the area of the old restaurant. This area has become a resting area with W.C, benches and shadow to provide service to the masses of visitors who go to the islet every day.

The old restaurant in Lobos islet, dating back to the 60’s, was an abandoned project in the 80’s, with a quite peculiar architecture, irregular plant combining cubic and curvy spaces, very different from the local architecture and that has now become, thanks to a project by the Technical office of Fuerteventura Council, a resting area —160m2— for visitors, whose finish is perfectly integrated in this natural site where pine wood has been used, following the environmental friendly line which is promoted, especially in such an important an area of environmental awareness as Lobos islet.

The works in these facilities were finished one month ago, but the outside surrounding area remains to be laid out, so as to make it available to the visitors. There is no concrete date to inaugurate them, although it can’t take a long time.

And together with this refurbishing process, The environmental department has also approved the project “Acondicionamiento y mejora del muelle de Lobos”, which is being dealt with by the Port authority in Las Palmas, in order to improve the conditions of Lobos quay, due to the fact that companies devoted to the transport of passengers to Lobos islet had been complaining for a long time about the poor state of such quay and about the difficulty to access it in days of rough sea.

So, this project aims to improve the state of the quay and extend it, to make it safer when facing adverse weather conditions, and to ensure safe berthing regardless of the tide.

The works they are trying to carry out imply:

  • The building of stone filling banks (stones thrown to the bottom so they can be used as foundations for the quay), that will take up around 25m long at the sea bottom.
  • The building of a 1,6m wide berm on each side of the quay.
  • The building of a 14,58m long and 8,1m wide quay.
  • The restoration of the side slots.
  • The building of an access stairway.

We’ll keep you informed about the development of this refurbishment project, which is being studied in detail to minimise the environmental impact and provide a better service to the visitors without damaging the natural site which this islet, Biosphere Reserve, represents.

FuerteCharter’s team