Picture in your mind a white sandy beach, uncluttered and unspoilt which stretches infinitely along a shoreline of turquoise blue ocean, against a scenic backdrop of mountains. No, this is not a fantasy island, it is the resort of Jandia. Located on the southwest peninsula of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, this little known gem boasts some of the best beaches in the world and is the perfect destination for those looking to relax.
Away from the high rise buildings of Northern Fuerteventura, set against the Pico de la Zarza Mountains in the arid south, Jandia’s main beach snakes along the coast for a whopping 32 kilometres (That’s 20 miles!) An unspoilt haven which has yielded itself gently to the tourist trade, small beach bars and cafes dot the seafront between lush lagoons and towering sand dunes.
At one end of the beach, you will find the stunning resort of Morro Jable. What was once a sleepy fishing village has expanded to become an exclusive tourist hotspot, boasting a variety of superb restaurants and bars around its quaint harbour, where you will find the freshest seafood in Jandia.
At the other end of the beach lies Costa Calma. Home to the stunning Playa Barca beach, a favourite spot for wind and kite surfers because of the gentle trade winds which blow across the Canaries from Africa.Jandia is a serious beach lovers’ paradise. With vast amounts of space and not a sun lounger in sight, roll out your towel, dig your toes in the warm sand and soak up the Canarian sunshine on the ‘Island of Eternal Spring.’
With a choice of sandy beaches spanning 20 miles along the coast, if you like your holidays peaceful; enjoying leisurely seaside walks and swimming in crystal clear waters, Jandia is the perfect destination for you.
Fuerteventura’s Atlantic location off Africa’s west coast benefits from year round sunshine and refreshing trade winds, making it a perfect spot to try your hand at wave, kite or windsurfing. Each year, the windsurfing world championships are held in Jandia, so where better to learn the craft! Boards are available to rent from centres around the resort or why not sign up for lessons?
On solid ground, the adventure continues in the Pico de la Zarza Mountains, home to the highest point on Fuerteventura. At 807 metres above sea level, the mountains aren’t quite Mount Everest-scale, but they do afford some beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. The ascent is quite gentle and is clearly sign posted but be careful to avoid climbing in the midday sun!
At the summit, some of the islands famous resident goats take advantage of the cooler temperatures so have your camera at the ready!
Holidays to Jandia are largely centralised around all-inclusive resorts where you need not venture over your doorstep to enjoy fantastic food and drink. However, if you do fancy exploring the local culinary scene, there are some excellent quality traditional Spanish restaurants serving Canarian cuisine surrounding Jandia.
The small harbour in neighbouring resort Morro Jable boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in Fuerteventura. Like the majority of the worlds’ islands, fish and shellfish make up an important part of the island diet.
The Canary Islands are known for their wrinkly potato speciality papas arrugadas, served with spicy mojo sauce. Fuerteventura is no exception to this, however their national speciality is queso majorero or ‘goat’s cheese’. There are almost 70,000 hardy Majorcan goats resident on the island, producing thick, aromatic milk ideal for making flavoursome cheese which is then rubbed with oil.
The classic Spanish-inspired drink of choice in Fuerteventura is Sangria. Made with a mix of spirits, red wine and fresh fruit, it can be intoxicatingly strong, so watch how many you knock back at the beach bar or prepare yourself for a sore head!