Fuerteventura, which is the second largest island of the Canary Islands and the closest to the Moroccan coast, is also one of the best places to unwind and relax. For this reason, it is rightly known as the Paradise Island. The Jandía Peninsula is highly regarded by tourists due to its location on the southern tip of the island and its excellent beaches. It is a magical place to be enjoyed in total comfort if you decide to stay at any of our Iberostar hotels in Jandía.
Located on the vestiges of a volcanic caldera, the majority of the peninsula belongs to the Jandía Nature Reserve, which occupies 144 km2 of the total 200 km2. This enclave of Fuerteventura is a perfect choice to enjoy a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a break with friends.
Jandía is located between the tourist areas of Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Within the peninsula is Fuerteventura's tallest mountain, Pico de la Zarza, which rises to a peak of 807 m, gorgeously surrounded by the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands. All these features make this destination an excellent choice for those who are looking forward to exploring this most fascinating Canary Island.
One of the most emblematic sights not to be missed is the isolated mansion of Cofete (Villa Winter) in the south-west of the peninsula. In order to contemplate it from a privileged perspective we advise you to go up to the lookout point of Degollada Agua Oveja, from where you will enjoy unbeatable views of the Atlantic.
The southernmost end hosts one of the greatest attractions in Fuerteventura: Morro Jable, a small fishing village which has managed to preserve a lot of the traditional way of life. Its surroundings will amaze you with notable sights and cosy neighbourhoods, such as Cañada del Río and the aforementioned Costa Calma, which hosts a lively flea market every Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
The impressive sand dunes of Jandía are also close by – just take a dirt road, and you will be there.
Another place to visit would be Gran Tarajal. Located in the north-east of the island and lost among the abundant tamarisk shrubs that gave it its name, this is one of the biggest towns in Fuerteventura. Take a local road and go straight to the beautiful Entallada lighthouse. Tarajalejo and La Lajita are two towns located in the vicinity, both of which have experienced major growth in recent years due to the boom in tourism.
And of course, don’t miss the hypnotic landscapes of Fuerteventura which are seen everywhere around Jandía. Although Fuerteventura no longer has any active volcanoes, it is still possible to see spectacular moonlike lava fields (malpaíses) that attest to the numerous volcanic eruptions that this soil once housed. This is one of the most particular features of this island with its almost flat surface and soft scenery, which is why the Romans baptized the island Planaria meaning flat.
It is well known that the extraordinary Jandía beaches are among the greatest hotspots for all those who decide to go on holiday to Fuerteventura. Miles and miles of white sandy beaches are waiting for you, perfect for bathing or water sports. What is more, this is a perfect destination for those travelling to Fuerteventura with children.
One of the most beautiful beaches in this area is Playa del Matorral. Located next to Morro Jable, it is 4.3 km long and 300 m wide and belongs to the municipality of Pajara. The strong wind that blows here makes it possible to practice windsurfing, and for the same reason there are several surf schools and companies renting boards here.
Other emblematic beaches are Costa Calma, a white sandy beach which is 2.1 km long with turquoise waters near the village of La Lajita, Sotavento, which is favoured by surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers, Esquinzo-Butihiondo, to the north of Morro Jable and with hardly any urban areas, Cofete, which is 12 km long and offers incomparable landscapes and Barlovento beach next to that which is 5.7 km long and is less known by swimmers, which makes it an ideal spot to forget about the rest of the world.
There is also a sports marina near Morro Jable which is worth a visit too. From there, you can rent a boat, go sailing, and enjoy the Fuerteventura coastal landscape and the ocean.
Trekking enthusiasts also have the chance to go hiking in Jandía. The most popular route crosses Pico de la Zarza and Cofete beach, and shows you the best of the outstanding natural beauty of the Island.
And to give a finishing touch to any holiday spent in Jandía, we recommend turning your holiday into unforgettable gastronomic delight with all types of flavours and aromas offered by the Canarian cuisine. Majorero cheese, Canarian wrinkly potatoes (Papas arrugadas), mojo, Sancocho — a nutritious stew with meat and vegetables, Gofio — a flour created by grinding roasted sweetcorn and often added to the typical Canarian stew, are some of the typical dishes for you to try. Another gastronomic must is oven-roast goat meat which is a very typical speciality of the town of Pajara.
In the dessert section, have a look at leche asada (milk cake), carnival tortillas and pumpkin cakes.
At Iberostar Hotels & Resorts we made it our ultimate goal that all our hotels in Fuerteventura are in line with the outstanding natural beauty of this Island.
For example, both the Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace and the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas offer the possibility to enjoy our exclusive Star Prestige facilities, the VIP area of these two four-star hotels.
The Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park resort is an ideal choice for families since the hotel has a children’s pool. Moreover, both of them are beachfront hotels and offer all kinds of facilities, including a spa, for a fantastic getaway to Fuerteventura.
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