A tourist hub on the south coast of Fuerteventura, the largest island in the Canary archipelago, Playa de Jandia is a favourite destination for Brits looking for a relaxing break in the sun.
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.
As a community full of Mediterranean-style charm and built purposely for visitors to the island, tourists choosing cheap Playa de Jandia holidays can rest easy in the knowledge that this is a comfortable, affordable resort.
Playa de Jandia is one of the most popular resorts on the island for its consistently warm weather. Daytime temperatures here tend not to dip below 20°C, with winter averages sitting around 22°C – 23°C and summer highs reaching 28°C.
The climate of this part of Fuerteventura means it’s a year-round destination for holidaymakers looking to soak up the rays while enjoying the gentle, cooling breezes that roll in off the Atlantic Ocean.
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 unspoiled 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. Therefore, it’s no surprise the majority of Brits come here to relax under the sun.
Playa de Jandia has a number of family-friendly beaches, including the expansive Playa Del Mattoral.
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.’
Playa de Jandia offers access to a host of exciting pursuits, such as water sports like windsurfing, nature-filled walks to nearby hotspots, and even big game fishing.
The community is located within easy reach of other popular towns, such as Morro Jable, and visitors here can hire jet skis to master the rolling Atlantic waves, or embark on epic bike rides up into Jandia Natural Park – home of the islands highest point, the regal Mount Jandia – to take in the stunning landscape of the peninsula.
Since land on the Jandia peninsula is largely barren, local cuisine is simple but appealing. One traditional dish here is puchero canario, a meat stew, or papas arrugadas, a hearty meal consisting of wrinkled potatoes and a kind of hot pepper sauce.
Of course, the usual gastronomical favourites are served here too, including Italian and Spanish delicacies.
While the nightlife in many of the other resorts across the Canary Islands is geared towards a somewhat more boisterous demographic of clubbers and partygoers, evening affairs in Playa de Jandia are much more laid back and family friendly.
After the sun sets on this charming southern community, visitors can kick back and relax in one of the area’s bars or restaurants, many of which are located near the seafront and offer a calming backdrop of waves lapping gently on the shore.