Sitting pretty of the south-eastern tip of Fuerteventura, the beach resort of Jandia boasts one of the most incredible beaches on the island. Gently curving around the coastline, it offers a vast sandy playground for sunbathers and surfers alike. The scenery here has a dramatic beauty to it. It’s all rolling sand dunes, crashing waves and a backdrop of volcanic mountains – it couldn’t be much more photogenic.
The town of Jandia is made up of two separate parts that have grown together over the years. The former fishing village of Morro Jable is the place to go for authentic Fuerteventura seafood and a stroll through the pretty harbour and old town areas. Hop on a boat if you can and head out to sea for some dolphin and whale spotting. There’s plenty of modern amenities in the neighbouring development of Playas de Jandia to complement the old-school charm. Here you’ll find cosmopolitan bars and great shopping if you fancy a change of pace.
But without a doubt, we think the best thing about Jandia is that epic sandy beach – and the sunshine climate that goes with it.
Jandia’s next-door neighbour is the small beach resort of Esquinzo. This newly-built development has a fresh feel and looks out over a beautiful bay. The long sandy beach is the perfect place to laze on soft sands as you enjoy spectacular ocean views.
The aptly named Costa Calma is a tranquil place to unwind by the sea. Backed by a scenic national park, this small resort boasts a beautiful pebbly beach that is popular with the island’s surfers – it even hosts the world windsurfing championships every year. Costa Calma is also, perhaps surprisingly for such a peaceful location, a fantastic place to shop with no fewer than eight shopping centres.
Costa de Antigua
Travel further up the coast and you’ll reach the modern beach resort of Costa de Antigua. Again, this is a relatively quiet and laid-back place with a stunning sandy beach. For a small resort, it has an excellent selection of restaurants. The lively bars of Caleta de Fuste are also just a scenic coastal walk away.
Parque National de Jandia
The peninsula surrounding Jandia is covered by a spectacular national park. This south-eastern tip of the island is home to diverse wildlife including vultures, kestrels and lizards. Explore the enormous undulating sand dunes or get ideas for your garden back home as you take in the rich, native plant life.
Hike in the Pico de la Zarza mountains
For the best views in the national park, head to the rocky Pico de la Zarza mountains. Whether you fancy a gentle stroll in the foothills or an adventurous hike to the 807m summit, prepare yourself for stunning views of the other-worldly landscape below.
Oasis Adventure Park
Nearby La Lajita is home to this fantastic family attraction. There’s over 250 species of animals to meet, from monkeys and crocodiles to elephants and giraffes. Add in some beautiful tropical gardens, camel safaris and sea-life shows, and there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained, as well as the adults.
Faro de Jandia
At the most southerly tip of the peninsula, you’ll come across this striking lighthouse. The perfect spot to enjoy the ocean views as the sun rises or sets. The road to the lighthouse can be a little bumpy – we recommend a hiring a 4x4 jeep as a fun way to travel off-road!
Jandia boasts a ridiculously long stretch of sandy beach – over 30km in fact! That should keep you going for a while. There’s plenty of room for the children to build sand castles and splash around to their heart’s content. The Fuerteventura breeze has created dramatic sand dunes and attracts windsurfers and kitesurfers from all around the world to play in the warm waves.
The sands are soft, white and pristine – it’s a truly gorgeous spot to relax into beach life. Dotted along the vast stretch of sands are friendly beach cafes and bars, as well as watersports areas. You’ll also find pretty little inland lagoons to explore in this unique landscape.
The warm weather and fertile volcanic soil of Fuerteventura produces some delicious local ingredients – tomatoes,avocados, papayas, olive oil and pineapples to name but a few. The island’s goat milk cheese, majorero, is also a must-try.
You won’t go far in Jandia without coming across the popular spicy sauce, mojo picon. It’s eaten with fresh grilled fish, tiny salted baked potatoes called papas arrugas, or even goat meat. It’s so good it’s dangerous! Make sure you try some of the local liquors during your holiday. We recommend the honey rum and the goat milk liquor.
Jandia has a good selection of restaurants, serving a variety of cuisines from Canarian to Italian. You’ll also find a high proportion of German bars and restaurants, catering to tourists from Germany – they’re well worth a visit for delicious bratwurst and beer. Traditional Morro Jable has more authentic Spanish and Canarian options, especially around the quaint harbour area (try the seafood). The more modern part of town is great for lively, crowd-pleasing international eateries with something to appeal to everyone.
Jandia holidays are the perfect excuse to forget about your everyday stresses and slow down to the sleepy pace of island life. Long windswept sand dunes and those wild waves Fuerteventura is so famous for. A picturesque old town to spend warm, lazy evenings in and the lively bars of the new town when you want to let your hair down. It might just be the ideal retreat from busy modern life.
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