The peninsula of Jandia lies in the southeastern part of the island of Fuerteventura. This is also where you can find the tallest mountain on the island, the Pico de Jandia, also known as Pico de la Zarza, which has a height of around 807 meters. Most of the peninsula has been a nature reserve, the Parque Natural de Jandia, and is a much-visited part of the Canary Islands, due to its natural beauty.
WEATHER IN JANDIA
Because of its location, which is between the Atlantic ocean and the West African coast, the weather in Jandia doesn’t change very drastically throughout the year. Winters in Jandia still carry temperatures of about 21°C, with the sea temperature usually staying at 18°C. In the summers, the weather is balmy at a high of 28°C, with winds blowing from Western Sahara, which can cause some spikes in the temperatures.
THINGS TO DO
Playa de Cofete
There are quite a few activities one can sign up for when vacationing in this region, especially if you are an outdoorsy kind of traveler who likes to go on nature excursions. The Playa de Cofete beach is one that can be accessed via an off-road route down the winding mountains, from where you can have a stunning view down on the beach. The vista in itself is spectacular and like out of a postcard, with the surrounding mountains and waves crashing on the shore of an otherwise deserted beach.
Sotavento Beach, on the other hand, is more lively and full of watersports activities for kitesurfing enthusiasts and windsurfers. Shallow lagoons stretch out into the turquoise sea, with the white sand genuinely making you feel like you are on a faraway island. This beach is quite windy and can get busy during the high seasons so it might not be the right background for a quiet day of sunbathing, but rather for those who want to get in on the action sports.
Morro del Jable
A little town on the coast with its own beach, the Morro del Jable is a bustling stop, where you can find many cafes and restaurants, and spend some time mingling and shopping. The vast stretch of beach is beautiful and a naturist’s dream, while the busier town is only a small walk away. Chipmunks living in the wild can also be found around Morro del Jable, as they live just around the town itself.
Playa de Matorral
The Playa de Matorral is another beach worth visiting, this time for those who are looking for a peaceful beach spot where they can work on their sunbathing. This beach is much less wavy than most beaches in Jandia, and has a shallow shoreline, allowing you to walk into the sea comfortably. Cafes and bars on the beach can whip up refreshments in no time, making it a great place to spend a full day in the sun.
Faro de Jandia
The Faro de Jandia is a lighthouse in the very south of the island of Fuerteventura, where you can visit for a little stroll on their rocky beach, taking in the view, or even go for a little nude dip in the water. A restaurant and café is usually open to cater to its guests and makes for a breezy visit on a relaxing afternoon.
Among the many hotel options in Fuerteventura, you will find the Fuerteventura Princess, a popular child-friendly beach resort on Playa Jandia. This 4-star hotel has several outdoor pools, air-conditioned rooms with balconies or terraces, with many of them offering a spectacular sea view. This hotel has its own gym, as well as a sauna and steam room, to unwind in after your workouts. A kid’s club on the grounds provides entertainment for the younger visitors so that their parents can enjoy a little time off, too. Book Now!
The Sol Fuerteventura Jandia
The Sol Fuerteventura Jandia is a hotel located in Morro del Jable and is only a stone’s throw from its main beach. Here you are surrounded by green gardens and have the chance to book an apartment with a balcony with a panoramic view of the sea. There are many amenities to choose from, such as a petanque court, a table tennis court, and giant chess set to play a fun or serious game on. Book Now!
Occidental Jandia Mar
Another notable hotel in Morro del Jable is the Occidental Jandia Mar, formerly the Barcelo Jandia, which boasts of all-inclusive meal plans and spa packages that will complete your holiday getaway. All its rooms have their own balconies, from which you can watch the horizon, as sailboats move across it. This hotel also has many activities for children to get involved in, with a kid’s club and a kiddie pool for them to safely swim in. Book Now!
Hotel Jandia Golf
Golf enthusiasts may find the Hotel Jandia Golf to be the most suitable choice for their stay, as it is right next to the famed Jandia Golf Course – not far from Morro del Jable. This hotel serves up an international buffet, while a bar and lounge offer up some cocktails and entertainment throughout the day. It has outdoor pools, tennis courts, and billiard tables for the guests to enjoy while on their holiday.
Hotel Riu Palace Jandia
The Hotel Riu Palace Jandia is located on the beach in front of Jandia and prides itself for being one of the more elegant hotels on the coast. This hotel has 201 rooms to choose from and a complete wellness package that offers up incredible options for a total rest and relaxation experience. The buffet restaurant has live cooking stations that will always ensure that your meals are served up precisely to your liking. Book Now!
Los Piratas de Costa Calma
Anyone who would like to go for a night out in Jandia should check out Los Piratas de Costa Calma, a salsa bar where you can drink and dance either inside or outside on the terrace. Bachata lessons can be booked with professional instructors on Wednesdays and Fridays, while a live music band plays every Saturday night.
Aureola Beach Bar
For a more casual beach bar atmosphere, you can stop for a beer or some sangria at Aureola Beach Bar in Costa Calma. This cozy little spot is right by the beach and serves fresh sardines and prawns cooked in olive oil and garlic. Sunset drinks and some tapas are a must-do when on holiday in Spain, and this place serves it up just right.
Bar Oasis is a little hole in the wall in Morro del Jable, where you can enjoy some cocktails, or mocktails for the under-aged guests. This bar is one of the few places in the area and tends to get crowded in the evenings, so be sure to make a reservation or come in early to snag a seat.
The Musikbar Cheers is a quaint little bar in sleepy Costa Calma that serves up some of the best gin & tonics in the area. They are one of the few establishments that stay open until late and comes highly recommended for those who would like to go out for a nightcap after dinner. Their cocktail menu is extensive, with some unusual picks such as the banana colada and chocolate flavored tequila.
GETTING TO JANDIA FROM THE AIRPORT
Arriving at Fuerteventura airport, you have the option of driving, taking a taxi, shuttle, or bus. It is recommended that you opt to book a shuttle in advance, as this will only set you back around 15€, dropping you off right at your hotel, while a taxi is very likely to cost you 100€ on average. Alternatively, you can also rent a car from the airport and drive to Jandia, which can take an estimated hour and a half drive.
You can also choose to take the bus, which can take a little longer, especially if it is one with many stops. A bus from the Fuerteventura airport to Jandia can cost around 10€, but be aware of the current schedules, as the coaches will have fewer trips booked on weekends and holidays.