SUP practical guide for our FuerteCharter boat trips

For some years Stand Up Paddle (SUP) has become a sport of great importance, having more and more followers every day. One of the attractions we offer in our Fuertecharter boat trips to the island of Lobos is making contact with this sport, as we have SUP boards, among other “toys”, to make your visit to the nearby island truly unforgettable.

SUP is a sport whose bases are very easy to learn and it’s suitable for all ages and for family practice. Yes, it is true that, when trying to catch waves in SUP, knowledge of the environment and much more practice is required, but learning how to manage the board and paddle on flat waters is a challenge at almost everybody’s reach.
The boards we have in FuerteCharter are high volume initiation boards, which makes learning faster.

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SUP, apart from being fun, is a very healthy sport, because it makes us get into shape without even realising. Thanks to SUP we strengthen the upper part of our body, our arms, back and abs with each oar stroke. Moreover we also excecise our legs, whose muscles are always active to keep balance on the board. Improving our balance we’ll favour the control over our own body, which will help us in our daily life and also to practise other sports.

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First steps when learning SUP
In FuerteCharter you approach this sport making a first contact with the material on flat and calm waters. It’s not a SUP lesson as such, but something more casual. If you want to learn more about this sport, we recommend attending a school where you get the basic notions, but if you decide to learn on your own, here we leave you a few basic tips:

  • To learn, rent before buying equipment: the type of board and paddles will depend on your size, weight, constitution … so it is better to try several equipments to see which one works best for you.
  • Protect your body from the sun and the board with a wetsuit, in case the water is cold, or with a lycra, if it’s hot.
  • We must be careful not to have obtacles around or other people we can hurt. Keep in mind that SUP boards are very bulky and can do much harm, as well as the paddle, which we can move uncontrollably and cause an accident.
  • To go on the SUP board we will do it from the rear part, leaning over our chest and trying to reach the middle part. Once there we will try to kneel down on the table, and in this position will perform our first paddle strokes thus trying to get used to the feeling.
  • When we feel confident enough , we’ll try to stand on the middle of the board, bending our knees to lower the centre of gravity.
  • With soft and slow movements we’ll begin to perform the first paddle strokes. With practice we’ll realise that the paddle is our foothold in the water.
    We must always grab the paddle by its handle and not by the blade, and try to never let it go in the water, not even when we fall.Excursiones Fuertecharter | Guía de SUP
    If once you have tried this sport you want to keep progressing we suggest resorting to professionals, such as the ones in Redshark, to advise you. Remember that SUP, in modalities such as waves, is a quite more complex sport than just practising in flat water, so if you have not mastered the equipment very well you may have problems with other athletes in the water. Most of all have fun, but be sensible too.

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Fuerteventura: “La Casa Winter”

It’s several the spectacular landscapes in Fuerteventura; one of them is Cofete, an amazing beach in the southwest of the island, away from everything, still unspoilt despite the tourist development and where we only find cement in a village, an old abandoned cemetery on the beach and  Winter’s House. It is this palace which amazes visitors when they get to this spot and realise, at a glance, the majesty of this house, located  in such a special place.

To reach Cofete you must invest at least 30-minute drive along a track going from Morro Jable to Punta de Jandia, and halfway you will find a detour to the right that is the only path. In this place, away from everything,  this mansion was built between 1940 and 1950 at the foot of the Pico de la Zarza, which, because of the spot where it is located and also because of its weird construction, it is today one of the most famous mysteries in Fuerteventura.


Gustav Winter
The protagonist of these stories is a German engineer, Gustav Winter, who arrived in Spain in 1915. Coinciding with the outbreak of World War I Gustav returned from South America, but he was captured by a British ship and imprisoned for a year for being a potential German spy . He manages to get away and get on board of a ship that will allow him to disembark in Spain. In our country he works as an engineer building thermoelectric plants in various cities until in 1925 he moved to the Canary Islands, first to Gran Canaria, where he got involved in initiating La CICER. In his spare time he enjoyed his sailboat sailing around the Canary Islands and that’s how he got to Fuerteventura.

Gustav “the German” leaves Gran Canaria and moves to Fuerteventura, where he acquires the Jandía peninsula, in the south of Fuerteventura, the largest rural property in the Canary Islands, with 180 km2 in an almost desert place.

During World War II he was recruited as an engineer for the German Navy in Bordeaux and when the Germans withdrew from France, he had to take refuge in Spain for the second time.

In 1947 he returns to Fuerteventura with enough money to complete his work and he devotes to exploiting the land by growing tomatoes, alfalfa and raising cattle to market cheese and wool.
Years later, already nationalized as Spanish and after the improvements that had been introduced in the area, Gustav tries to develop tourism, attracting German entrepreneurs to the coast of his island. In 1966 he built the first hotel in the south in the middle of a desert and, little by little for nearly 40 years, speculation and support by the government have turned what was once a desert paradise into a hotel area, favorite destination of Germans; but thanks to the Law of Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands, in 1987, places like Cofete remain intact, sidelining the destructive hand of cement.
As a curiosity we must point out that Winter’s name appeared in an English list of  resident German spies  in Spain under Franco’s regime, where he is described as a “German agent in the Canary Islands, in charge of observation posts, equipped with wireless telephony, and also in charge of  the supply of German submarines.”

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The legend!

The famous Winter’s villa has been depicted in several novels because of the mysteries surrounding it. It is said that it was built to provide shelter and to supply the Nazi submarine fleet during World War II, which would access the palace through tunnels that have never been found.
It is also said that this house was a refuge for Nazi officers during the war to celebrate ostentatious parties; and it was even said that it could have been a shelter and residence of some German high officer, hidden by the Spanish soldiers, who supported the totalitarian regimes of the time.
All these mysteries grow when visiting the house: the floors seem hollow and there are walled-in doors;  there is also a turret looking like a lighthouse.
It must be said that the Winter family never inhabited this house, as their usual residence was ” El Caserio del alemán”, a estate in the upper area of ​​ Morro Jable.
The descendants of Gustav Winter deny all these rumors, especially because the house was not built until 1947, but the historical memory of the area recalls that in 1940 its construction had already begun.

Winter’s  villa, located on such a virgin and desert area of Fuerteventura, still brings more magic and mystery to this spectacular place: the beach of Cofete, we insist, worth to admire and enjoy, like so many other wonderful places on this island.

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3 products gourmet Fuerteventura

Goat cheese, Foam salt and goat ham

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Little by little the jewels of Fuerteventura’s gastronomy are being discovered and more and more people praise the quality of its raw material.

Fuerteventura’s landscape has the usual presence of its famous goat and its shores are lapped by clear waters of great purity. Goats and saltwater are its most representative elements and, as it couldn’t be otherwise, those which make Fuerteventura excel in the gourmet world.

“Majorero”Goat Cheese

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The dense, fat and aromatic milk got from the healthy and happy “majorera” goats is the basis for the tasty and varied “Majorero” goat cheese, a fatty cheese which has an intense aroma, with different tastes for the palate depending on ripening and on what ingredients it has been cured in (oil, gofio, paprika …).
One of the secrets of the quality of this product is its naturalness, since most of the goats bred on the island are free of impurities, drugs and other harmful substances.
The “Majorero” Goat Cheese has had denomination of origin since February 16th , 1996, and it has won countless awards since; the last ones, three gold medals, in mid-April 2015, in “El Salón del Gourmet” in Madrid, which has chosen three “majorero” cheeses among the best in Spain: The brand Tofio (semi-cured with paprika) Selectum ( mixed cow-goat milk) and Maxorata (cured with paprika).

We recommend visiting the “majorero” Museum of Cheese, in the Visitor Center in “El Molino de Antigua”, which you can visit Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 18pm. Information: Tel. 928 878 041.

Foam salt

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As we have already told in a previous article of this blog, the “majorera” Foam Salt has also been recognized as a “majorero” gourmet product that, for some years, has been internationally well known because of its properties.
What is special about this foam salt is its fine grain and smooth taste on the palate, and its crystallization in the form of flakes.
“Majorera” Foam Salt is obtained from the surface of the sea, not from water brought from the seabed through pipelines, but the sea foam that breaks on salteries and goes directly into the cookers (where the water evaporates), hence its highest quality.
If you have not yet visited the Interpretation Center in Las Salinas del Carmen, we recommend you to get the opportunity to witness, first-hand, the artisan craft of obtaining foam salt, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 18h. Information: Tel. 928 174 926.

“Majorero” goat ham

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To savor this majorero gourmet product we must go to Casa Marcos restaurant in Villaverde, where Marcos Gutierrez, well-known majorero chef, has been experimenting on “majorera” goat legs for over 10 years.
Marcos calls it “cecineta” (dried beef-bacon) and he has managed to work this product thanks to popular lore handed down from generation to generation, since in ancient times goat meat was cured with salt to preserve it.
The freedom of “Majorera” goats and their feeding on dry grass makes its taste softer than that of goats elsewhere, so the taste of “majorera” goat ham is a delicacy for the palate.
At the moment, Marcos isn’t considering export, but who knows in the future. Many say it would be a great product in the Muslim world, where they can’t eat pork.

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Five landscape jewels you must visit in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a paradise that has endless attractions for tourists and residents. When one arrives in the island thinks of sun and beach tourism, but these Islands really have nature spots that are really worth visiting. We propose five natural jewels in Fuerteventura that you really can’t miss.

Natural park of dunes in Corralejo

As the name implies, it starts 8 kms from Corralejo, and finishes just at the village entrance. They who stay in Corralejo are lucky to find out these dunes, of impressive natural wealth, in their way from the airport to this village. One is amazed at the beauty of these dunes, the yellowish colour of their fine sand, the views to the islands of Lobos and Lanzarote. They aso stand out because of their scenic value, as they are a shelter for birds and endemic vegetable species in the Canary Islands, reason why they have been declared, together with the islet of Lobos, Special area for bird protection. Visiting these dunes is a true experience for the senses, not just because of their fine yellowish sand but also because of the water at their borders, the beaches of the eastern coast, with crystal clear blue water, so attractive that you’ll feel in paradise.

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Lobos Island

It’s many the articles we have about this little paradise in The Canary Islands, a natural wild island capriciously shaped by the waters of the Atlantic, about 3,5 kms from Corralejo. It’s, no doubt, a must visit spot. It has a little port and fishing village, a volcano and a lighthouse. We recommend to devote at least one morning or afternoon to it, and the best way to enjoy its crystal clear waters is on our boat trips from Corralejo, where apart from enjoying the sea you’ll be able to go down to the island bay on a semi-rigid boat, stroll around this little islet and bathe in the cleanest and most placid waters in The Canary Islands. You can’t leave Fuerteventura without enjoying this island.

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“Cofete” Beach

At the other side of the Island, in the western coast and in the south of Fuerteventura, you’ll find the longest beach in Europe and, probably, the least visited, which makes it even more natural and attractive. This beach takes up part of the Jandia peninsula, it’s about 12kms long and 50ms wide. It’s worthwhile to devote one day of your holiday to visit the most virgin of the beaches in The Canary Islands, an impressive place not just because of its dimensions but because of its wild appearance. Careful with the sea at that beach, there are usually strong currents. Apart from enjoying this magnificent beach you’ll be able to visit the Winter house and the little village of Cofete, whiich overlooks El Pico de la Zarza, the highest in Fuerteventura. If you are staying in the north of the island, investing a whole day on this spot is most recommendable.

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“Las Peñitas” Ravine

This is the natural monument least well known by tourists, and for many it is one of the most interesting natural areas in Fuerteventura. This is a spectacular ravine, made up by huge granite blocks, holding one of the few dams in the island. It’s also the most important place to climb in Fuerteventura. If you like hiking we recommend to go to this ravine along a track connecting Vega del Rio Palmas with the town of Ajuy. In this ravine, apart from its great landscape value you’ll find a little hermitage, La Virgen de la Peña, where every year the most important pilgrimage in Fuerteventura is held. If you drive there you’ll have to go from Pájara to Ajuy and then you’ll find a diversion leading to the ravine, one of the most popular settings in the film Exodus.

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Ajuy

In the western coast of Fuerteventura, in the rural park of Betancuria, we find the village of Ajuy, a little fishing village where you’ll find good restaurants with fresh fish. Its black sand beach reminds us of the volcanic past of this island. But the most popular spot in Ajuy are, no doubt, its caves, to which you can access through a path which starts at the very beach, easy to walk and wonderful because of the beautiful views of the western coast. Besides, this area is made up by the oldest stones in the whole Canary Islands. Another interesting fact t is that in these caves pirates and corsairs used to trade with all kinds of goods.

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It’s many the natural monuments in Fuerteventura which turn it into a true paradise for visitors, but today we wanted to highlight these five ones. We’ll keep working to bring out the wonders of this little corner of La Macaronesia, which offers so many attractions.

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Beaches sheltered from the wind at Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, the quiet and apparently unchangeable island, has the characteristic stillness of the dry lands. A space of silent where time seems to stop to capture a landscape which is like a picture that one would like to scan.

Its heavenly beaches invite to relax and observe, to long days of sand and sun bathed in turquoise waters.

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But so that our sunbathing days are completely satisfactory we have to know and have one of the elements that best define the island on our side: the wind.

Few are the travellers who have visited Fuerteventura without knowing it, who haven’t had their cap blown away on the beach, that haven’t been beaten by the sand on their calves or haven’t looked for shelter from the wind in the “corralitos” of majorera beaches.

Many of their visitors come just looking for those air blasts so as to practise their favourite sports, like windsurf or kitesurf, or just to fly their kites and dye the sky with colours (in ancient times the wind provided a way of earning a living for many families, as it activated the windmills that ground grain); However, for those looking for peace and quiet we’ll suggest some beaches and advice so that their experience in Fuerteventura be unforgettable, even with wind.

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The first thing to bear in mind is the wind direction. When the wind comes from the East it is more advisable to visit beaches on the West, and the other way around.

Wind barriers are also important, that is, looking for beaches which are sheltered from the wind direction by some barriers, either natural or built. So, for example in the Western coast we find impressive beaches at the mouths of ravines, which are usually beaches sheltered by high cliffs which stop the winds when they aren’t west winds.

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They are usually beaches which are difficult to access, which require a bit of skill to reach them (we recommend lots of caution when going down), but once you get there they promise heavenly beach days. You can find this kind of beaches in the North (near El Cotillo) as well as in the South, like “Playa de los Ojos” in Jandia.

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In the Western coastline, for example Corralejo area, the beaches are protected from West winds thanks to the barrier that the town itself provides. The same happens in the South with the beaches at “avenida marítima” in Morro Jable.

A very recommended area in the island is the one oriented towards the south, in Península de Jandia, where we find quiet water coves sheltered from North winds going in a Westerly or Easterly direction, and also sheltered from heavy swells. Among these coves we find Playa Juan Gómez, known by most of its visitors as one of the best beaches in Spain.

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And in the rest of the beaches in our wonderful coastline, although without barriers that protect them from the winds, we always find these “corralitos”, so characteristic of Fuerteventura’s landscape. They are circular stone constructions, approximately one metre high, which can have different sizes: for a single person, couples or even for whole families. If you get to a beach beaten by the wind and you find one of these constructions don’t hesitate to settle in it. You’ll be able to watch this paradise from the peace and quiet, no matter how strongly the wind outside the walls in your shelter may blow.

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Tindaya Mountain, natural monument in Fuerteventura

They are several the natural monuments in Fuerteventura —Isla de Lobos is one of them, this is why we enjoy taking tourists to such a setting in our daily excursions— ; one of them, and which we consider a place where memory and magic find shelter is Tindaya Mountain. To the ancient inhabitants of the island (Los Mahos) this is a Sacred Mountain, one of the most important natural monuments in The Canary Islands.

Located 4 kms from the coast, in the ravine of Esquinzo, in the village of Tindaya (municipality of La Oliva), this mountain, 400m above sea level, is a spectacular trachyta python that erosion, over time, has exposed as the volcano that wrapped it wore down and showed it.

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The trachyte is a hard and rough volcanic rock that once was used to make millstones and is now a highly valued ornamental stone used for building and once polished it recalls marble. Geomorphologically, its study is essential to understand the formation of The Canary Islands.
Tindaya has very important cultural, historical and ecological values. Popularly known as the Witches’ mountain, it contains nearly 300 “podomorfos” footprints (foot-shaped engravings), which turn the mountain into one of the largest engraving sites in the planet, similar to those found in North Africa.

“Los podomorfos” in Tindaya Mountain
These foot-shaped engravings were made by different hands at different times, as there are several kinds, in size, execution and distribution. They are spread over more than fifty panels grouped in its upper section and almost thirty loose figures, missing today. We do not know much about these “podomorfos”, all of them oriented towards the sunset, the west; some believe this is because from the top of this mountain, on clear days, you can see Teide Mountain, which ancient inhabitants considered to be Satan’s residence and it might be the target of their rituals, although there are other more plausible theories which relate these footprints with astrological phenomena and Summer and Winter solstices. Other theories speak of nuptial rites … What is undeniable is that this mountain was a ritual site for ancient inhabitants and, therefore, a sacred mountain.

Aboriginal villages
At the foot of this mountain 3 permanent settlements with aboriginal remains have been found, research issues still open, remains of cabins or homes, polished shells and carefully crafted pottery, which seems to belong to rituals rather than to household goods. The oral history or Tindaya tells that games, dances and magical-religious rituals, linked to the stars and supernatural forces, were held there.

Plant and animal species shelter.
The sacred mountain of Tindaya is also shelter for endemic species, many of them unique to Fuerteventura and some, endangered. We’ll highlight “La Chumberilla de Lobos” or “Cernúa” (Caralluma Burchardii). It also serves as a shelter for animals, many of them species in clear decline, classified as rare and uncommon now, as it is the case of the Canary Island Stonechat and the Trumpeter Finch.

Natural Area of ​​National Interest.
For all these values, this area was declared, by 12/1987 Law, of June 19th , on Declaration of Canary Island Natural Areas, as “Paraje Natural de Interés Nacional de Montaña Tindaya” and reclassified as natural monument by 12/1994 Law, of December 19th, on Natural Areas of the Canary Islands.

One of the most beautiful living monuments in the Canary Islands
Tindaya is culture, history, magic and nature; it is a natural monument worthy of respect and research to clarify the past of this land, that of the ancient inhabitants of this corner of La Macaronesian who, like us, felt the magnetism that turns it into the Witches’ Mountain, one of the most beautiful living monuments in the Canary Islands.

Climbing this mountain is now banned but you can stroll around to feel its majesty, also visible from different areas in northern Fuerteventura and recognizable for its special rock, different from other mountains or volcanoes on the island.
They are already several the recommendations of must spots to visit and discover in this island; our favourite one will always be the tour around Isla de Lobos in one of our daily excursions from Corralejo; it is so recommendable that we are number one on TripAdvisor so, will you miss it?

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Fuerteventura, stopping place for the Sandwich Tern

The Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandivecensis) is a migrant seabird that nests on the European coast of Sweden, British Isles, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Brittany and Baltic countries; Also on the shores of the Black sea and the Caspian Sea and in North and Central America.

Those living in Europe fly over the coastal area each year from northern Europe to West and Southern Africa, in search of warmth in winter. In this journey, coasts and wetlands of the Canary Islands, are a must stop for these birds, although compared to the migration that exists in the African coast, in the Canary Islands we can say that this phenomenon is less relevant.

Description
The Sandwich Tern belongs to the order of Charadriiformes, family Laridae, and it has an average size (41cm long and 94cm wingspan).
Its feathers are black, white and gray. Its round head has a kind of black bun (pileus), which in the mating season can cover almost its entire head. Its beak is long and black with yellow tip and its tail is forked.

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Flying habits
The Sandwich Tern’s flight is similar to the gulls’, very agile and light, featuring longer and narrower wings though, which makes them more graceful.

Feeding
They eat fish on the beaches and in coastal waters; also molluscs and marine worms. They don’t usually move beyond the continental shelf to forage, and once they have located their prey they pounce on it, plunging into the water.

Reproduction
The Sandwich Tern is a very sociable bird that usually creates dense colonies of thousands of individuals. Within the colony, each specimen with its partner lay their eggs (1 or 2) by the end of April or early May. They don’t build elaborate nests, they just use a hole in the gravel, sand or between two stones, and they usually cover it with vegetation.
Their eggs have a creamy colour with lots of black speckles, and they incubate them, both father and mother, for 22 to 26 days. 15 days after hatching chicks gather in groups that are watched by an adult, and 30 days later they fly the nest for the first time.

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Habitat
In Fuerteventura we find the Sandwich Tern in ponds, lagoons or lowlands, especially in the area of ​​the beaches of Sotavento (Jandía), El Cotillo, Corralejo, Majanicho, and inland areas, like in Rosa Catalina Garcia, in Los Molinos Dam and in some ravines with permanent water.

Migration and presence on the islands
This bird is regular in this land, so we can find specimens on the islands in almost every month of the year, there are even some that spend the winter on our shores, but when we find the most of them is in autumn (August and September) when they come down to Africa searching winter warmth, and in spring (March and April), when they go back to northern Europe.

What determines how long these birds spend on our shores is the peace and quiet they find here and the availability of food to refuel and continue their journey. The manipulation of the environment by man, such as road building or construction, can modify the habitats of these species, by seeking best places to rest.

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La cueva del Llano, a book about the history of Fuerteventura

Just at a glance at Fuerteventura or Isla de Lobos, at their strange shapes, majestic cliffs eroded by the strength of the Atlantic, volcanoes that despite the passage of time still show us their craters, the wonderful “malpaís” that covers a great part of this land, … you can perceive the volcanic past of these islands. A history of strong eruptions that have reached our days offering us a different and spectacular landscape worthy of admiration.

La cueva del LLano

Fuerteventura island is the oldest one in the Canary Islands. In order to know many secrets of the past of this island we can visit “La Cueva del Llano”, a centre that allows us to delve into the depths of the earth, letting us know which animals inhabited the island  thousands of years ago.


What is “La Cueva del  Llano”?

It is a paleontological site located in the town of Villaverde, municipality of La Oliva, about 8 kilometres from Corralejo (headquarters for our excursions to Isla de Lobos) that was formed by the eruption of the mountain of Escanfraga 800.000 years ago.
The eruption of this volcano caused a river of lava flows that solidified at the top by contact with air, while the bottom remained smooth, descending to the sea. Once this eruption was complete the result was an empty tunnel which forms a volcanic pipe which is up to 12 meters wide and up to 5 metres high at the highest parts, it even reaches 7 metres at some point. The surveyed length so far is 648 meters though the last 200 are difficult to scan.

Cueva del Llano

An open book on the past

This lava tube is an open book on the past of this land as “La Cueva” has worked as a drain of water in the area; due to the collapse of part of its roof, “El Jameo” was formed,  which gives access to it and through which streams of water and mud have slipped for centuries, sweeping sediments of the different stages and remains of fossilized animals which still remain there. Its walls, despite the passage of time, still retain the traces of this mud; as a result, the scientific community has bioclimatic samples to investigate the past of this island.

“La Cueva del Llano” is today an interpretation centre whose visit allows us to dive deeper into this lava tube tunnel walking a few meters, a guided tour on the soils of this island, where you will discover its richness. Before diving into the depths of the cave, visitors can discover the geological variety of Fuerteventura in the interpretation centre.

Cueva del Llano


An exceptional inhabitant

This tube has an inhabitant of exception: the harvestman arachnid (Maiorerus randoi), similar to the spider, but yellowish, and unique to “La Cueva del Llano”, being the only cavity in Fuerteventura with appropriate environmental conditions; this is one of the most extraordinary species of invertebrate in the fauna of The Canary Islands. It is a small arachnid adapted to living in the darkness of the cave, so it is almost transparent as it has lost pigmentation and sight due to the darkness; therefore it uses two front legs as sticks to feel its way. It is believed that the ancestors of this arachnid arrived in the Canary Islands in wetter times, millions of years ago, living on the surface, and due to climate change it sought refuge in the cave where it found an ideal habitat.
This Interpretation Centre is a monument of nature. An exceptional place to know and understand the evolution of the climate in Fuerteventura. It is also the oldest lava tube in the Canary Islands and probably one of the best preserved. Today it reopens Wednesday and Thursday, 10-15 hours. Saturdays from 15-18 hours to delight those who want to know more about the majestic volcanic past of these islands.


Therefore besides recommending the visit to Isla de Lobos on one of our trips from Corralejo, to enjoy the beauty of this volcanic landscape that  Lobos preserves even dramatically wild and natural, we recommend visiting the depths of Fuerteventura to understand and learn first hand the history of these islands.


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

Gorse blooming in Fuerteventura


If you’ve been lucky enough to take a trip to Lobos Islet from Corralejo you’ll have noticed, when setting foot on land, some peculiar and very characteristic thin greenish bushes: the gorse (Launacea arborescens). It’s just now (March) when these plants begin to bloom, a period which expands until June.

These shrubs are characteristic not only of Lobos and Fuerteventura but of The Canary Islands in general. In Fuerteventura and Lobos these shrubs you can be seen almost all over their surface, probably less common in the highlands.
It is a perennial plant, very abundant in the dry and arid lowlands in the Canary Islands. It can grow up to one meter, so they are not very high; their stems are thin, rounded and dull green.

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It’s so abundant and representative in our island that the famous writer, Unamuno, who spent his exile in these lands, dedicated a few words to this plant in “Artículos y discursos sobre Canarias”:

“La aulaga majorera, de Fuerteventura —se llama majoreros a los de Fuerteventura— tiende su triste verdor pardo, su verduras gris, por entre pedregales sedientos. La aulaga no tiene hojas, la aulaga desdeña la hojarasca; la aulaga no es más que un esqueleto de planta espinosa. Sus desnudos y delgados tallos, armados de espinas, no se adornan más que con unas florecillas amarillas. Y todo ello se lo come el camello, el compañero del hombre en esta isla, su más fiel servidor (…). Qué lección de estilo y de lo más íntimo del estilo, esta aulaga de Fuerteventura, es la expresión de la isla misma; es la isla misma expresándose, diciéndose; es la palabra suprema de la isla. En la aulaga ha expresado sus entrañas volcánicas, el poso de su corazón de fuego, esta isla entrañable.” Unamuno

We chose the words of this great writer because they describe, with beauty and wisdom, this so abundant bush in our Islands.
Throughout the years and being so abundant, this plant has had many uses, including the gorse yellow flowers which, on their own or in small bunches, were used in infusion for children suffering from jaundice. As already mentioned by Unamuno, it was also the favourite food of camels and goats.

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Whether you inhabit these lands or are just visiting it, in the coming months you’ll enjoy the flowers of this shrub, which is “the expression of the island itself.” If you’re lucky enough to accompany us on our trip to Lobos from Corralejo you will see this blooming paradise. We’ll be waiting for you.

FuerteCharter Team.

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