Jandía, in the south of Fuerteventura, offers visitors the chance to indulge in a long stay, enjoying kilometres of beaches of white sand, a high-quality range of hotels and the charm of the village of Morro Jable, from where you can contemplate the vastness of the ocean or stroll down the long coastal promenade on evenings with temperatures that are always mild.
Nature lovers who want to disconnect and take a break from life will find the ideal spot in this part of the island, just a few hours from Europe’s main cities - a place foreigners have been choosing for many years now as the perfect destination for spending longer periods of time.
Jandía Natural Park
When describing Jandía, you simply have to mention its Natural Park, one of the largest in the Canary Islands. Here, visitors will find a protected space that includes areas of dunes, lagoons and astonishingly beautiful pristine beaches. Two of the best known are Cofete and Sotavento.
Cofete is a beach of over 10 kilometres in length, where time stops and visitors are transported to a different world. In a practically pristine, uninhabited environment, this place leaves those who discover it for the first time blown away by its spectacular landscape.
Strolling along the sand of Cofete while contemplating the surroundings is a unique experience which allows visitors to enjoy a silence broken only by the roar of the waves.
One curious fact is that one of the few buildings that can be seen in the area is an old mansion located on a high part of the beach, the Winter House, the story of which is riddled with legends that can be consulted on this website.
If visitors have no private vehicle, or wish to visit Cofete by other means, the Transporte Regular de Fuerteventura (TIADHE) system has a regular bus line that connects Morro Jable with this part of Jandía. The beach also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy excellent fresh fish or goat’s meat, one of Fuerteventura’s typical dishes.
For hiking enthusiasts, one option for discovering Cofete is via the path that starts in the Gran Valle, a route of just over six kilometres that treats visitors to a spectacle for the senses.
At precisely the opposite end of the Jandía peninsula, visitors will find the beach of Sotavento, another example of wild beauty with spectacular expanses of white sand and transparent water.
This heavenly enclave - the most photographed one in Fuerteventura - is actually comprised of five beaches: La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Malnombre and Los Canarios.
Wind is a frequent feature of this area, a highly favourable climatic condition for holding windsurfing and kitesurfing world championships - sports that could well become the hobby of anyone settling in this area for longer periods. Although many parts of this series of beaches are pristine, visitors can enjoy services such as useful equipment hire for practising water sports or small restaurants, as well as nearby hotels.
Morro Jable, the gateway to Jandía
Morro Jable, a small village on the coast, welcomes visitors as the gateway to Jandía and one of the options to stay in during a spell on the island.
This village, full of life and at the same time peaceful and quiet, is perfectly connected with the rest of the island’s towns by public transport, and also facilitates the discovery of other islands in the archipelago, as its port offers direct connections to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
The gastronomy of Fuerteventura, a must for visitors
Naturally, Jandía also offers the excellence of majorera gastronomy. If there is one exceptional product that has made the leap across the boundaries of Fuerteventura, and which every visitor should try, that product is the goat’s cheese.
Its exquisiteness has attained international recognition and its quality has been guaranteed by a Designation of Origin since 1996. This product can be enjoyed in different varieties - fresh, semi-cured, cured, with gofio and pepper, the most consolidated types on the market.
To find out more about the esteemed cheeses of Fuerteventura, you can visit the Majorero Cheese Museum in the municipality of Antigua.
Talkfuerteventura, the best way of discovering and integrating into Jandía
The website talkfuerteventura.com represents a very interesting option for temporary residence in Jandía, as it contains a wealth of useful information on Fuerteventura and a forum anybody can participate in if they would like to ask a question or clear up any doubts. All kinds of information can be found on this site: on health, rental houses, events, etc. It is a very valuable resource for people who choose Fuerteventura as a place to stay in for longer periods of time.
For many foreigners the Jandía peninsula, an extraordinarily beautiful natural space located at the southern tip of Fuerteventura, has become a favourite place in which to spend long periods abroad, enjoying the climate of the Canary Islands.