Mini Volcano Climbing on Lobos Island, Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is about 20 million years old and is the oldest of the Canary Islands. Like all of the Canary Islands, it was formed by volcanic eruptions. Off the coast of Corralejo is Lobos Island, which is uninhabited by people, but is home to hundreds of species of plants and birds. It is accessible by boat from Corralejo harbour. The whole area is a nature reserve and you can only walk on the permitted paths.
There is a small beach here for swimming, but I was more interested in walking to the top of the Montaña La Caldera. As the name suggests, this is the remnants of a volcanic cone. It rises up to 127 metres (400 feet) above sea-level and from a distance does not look like too much of a challenge!
The whole landscape is arid and dry. It is open and exposed, with little shade from the relentless rays of the sun. I was determined to get to the top, despite being out in the Midday sun, with temperatures in the low 30s Centigrade.
I was carrying quite a heavy backpack, as I wanted to make sure I had everything I could need for the day and, for some bizarre reason, I had decided I would only take one walking pole instead of two for this adventure. I regretted that decision!
The path is very steep and is made mostly of hard, rocky steps. It has been designed as a zig-zag to help walkers. I got to the top at the peak of the Midday sun – something about mad dogs and Englishwomen going out in the Midday sun- and had my picnic up there.
The views were well worth the effort.
Glass Bottom boat
I went back to Corralejo on the glass bottom boat, where you could watch the fish swimming in the clear water under the boat off the coast of Lobos Island. There was also the opportunity to dive into the water and snorkel with the fish. The boat staff threw food into the water to get the fish to come to the surface, so you could see them and photograph them.
I chose not to go into the water because I wanted to rest after my strenuous exercise of volcano climbing.
It was a really lovely day.