Morro Jable (= the original fishing village) and Jandía (= the "new" town) belong to the the largest tourist centres on Fuerteventura. Since Jandía seamlessly passes into Morro Jable both towns together are just called "Jandía" in travel guides or magazines. A vast, light-coloured beach with fine sand (behind which there are protected salt meadows) is the main attraction. Traditional restaurants and many shopping facilities are particularly to be found in Morro Jable. Jandía/Morro Jable is especially popular with German tourists. But you will also encounter guests from France and the Netherlands.
Jandía and Morro Jable belong, as mentioned above, to the largest tourist towns on Fuerteventura. They belong to the municipality of Pajara and are situated on the southern part of the island, at the foot of a mountain range with the island's highest mountain "Pico de la Zarza" (807 m high). You can also climb this mountain and enjoy a breath-taking view of the long west coast Cofete beach. The mountain range keeps off the cold winds and clouds and turns Jandía/Morro Jable into the region with the warmest and sunniest temperatures of the entire island.
In fact, the complete southern peninsula of Fuerteventura is called "Jandía". By now, however, the "old" town Morro Jable together with the new town "Jandía", characterised by hotels, are called "Jandía". Both towns merge in a way that as a tourist, you won't notice where Jandía ends and where Morro Jable begins. The good thing about it is that you can spend your holidays in a young, new town and at the same time, you can see something old and pristine. A good mix!
View of the promenade of Morro Jable
Promenade in Morro Jable
Jandia is crossed by a four-lane main road. On its one side, there are hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants and on the other side, there are the beach and the sea.
The hotels and apartements were mostly built at the foot of the hills and offer guests a beautiful view of the beach and the sea. Jandía also possesses a new golf course. You will find it when you turn right at the roundabout next to the Barceló hotels and then just follow the road. In this region, also the newer hotels of Jandía can be found.
Golf course in Jandia
Golf course in Jandia
Between the town entrance and the Robinson hotel, there is a 4 km long sports lane, which is frequently used by walkers, joggers and roller skaters. Starting at the Robinson hotel southwards, there is a nice beach promenade where you can have a nice walk along the beach to the old town centre of Morro Jable.
Sports lane in Jandia/Morro Jable
Not to be forgotten is the harbour of Morro Jable, which is situated a little outside the original town. From here, you can take the ferry to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). The harbour is a fishing and a yacht harbour. Sometimes also cruisers dock here.
Jandía possesses one of the most beautiful and copious beaches of Fuerteventura. Near Morro Jable, the beach is very narrow. The closer you get to the lighthouse towards Jandia, the broader it becomes.
The beach section near the lighthouse (in the tourist centre Jandía) is also called "Playa de Matorral" and is perfectly suitable for families with children. The sand is fine, light-coloured and clean; the sea is flat. Between the road and the beach, there are protected salt meadows where no construction is permitted. For sun worshippers, no beach section in Jandía/Morro Jable is really narrow.
Four-lane main road, lighthouse and beach of Jandia
Naturism is allowed in the whole area or at least tolerated. Only directly in front of Morro Jable, where mainly locals are to be found, you should not do naturism.
The waves here can get a little high on some days. You should mind the red and yellow flags here.
You can walk from Morro Jable to Costa Calma (or the other way round) in about 5-6 hours and return by bus.
-> see beach hike
Jandia beach with view of the lighthouse
You will find further detailed information about Jandia/Morro Jable beach here on our web sites: -> Jandia beach
Of course, there are a lot of shopping facilities and restaurants in Jandía/Morro Jable.
You can go shopping in many shopping centres and in the long shopping promenade, which is situated in Jandía's high street. But you will also find small shops in Morro Jable.
Cosmo Shopping Center in Jandia in the high street
Shopping promenade below "Palm Garden" in Jandia
Along the promenade in Jandía, there are numerous restaurants (there is also a good ice cream parlour). There is something nice for any taste, whether you prefer the traditional Spanish/Canary cuisine, the Italian, Chinese or interational one. For fish gourmets, we particularly recommend the restaurants by the sea in Morro Jable. But also those who don't eat fish will always find a good place to eat.
Particularly worth mentioning is "La Farola del mal" or "Coronado" (slightly away from the promenade).
For the small appetite, we recommend the beach bars, which offer delicious starters and small main dishes.
Beach promenade with many restaurants and some shops near Morro Jable
By the way: you will not have communication problems (if you do not speak Spanish) since in most restaurants and shops, the staff understands and speaks German.
There are several bus stops but they are not always easy to spot. A small, round blue-red sign marks a bus stop. Sometimes there is a bus shelter but not always. You will find bus schedules in island magazines; or just ask the bus driver.
There are also numerous taxi stands. Along the high street, you should not have problems with getting a taxi.
First settlements date back to 1900, when Morro Jable was still called Puerto de la Cebada (barley harbour). At the beginning of the 60ies, about 200 people lived in Morro Jable. Until 1970, Morro Jable was rather isolated until tourism slowly developed. Then the town Jandía also developed, which has merged completely with Morro Jable and now forms today's largest tourist centre in the south.
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