The island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries has always been thought of as ‘poor relation’ to the other more popular islands. Over recent years however, this lovely jewel of the archipelago which boasts more beaches than the other islands put together, has been hitting the headlines as a great holiday destination too.
In the south, the gorgeous Jandia Peninsula has a lot to offer visitors to the island and right at the southern tip, is the quaint holiday resort of Morro Jable. With superb white sand beaches, this part of the island has been a popular holiday destination for Germans. However, the resort is not just about beaches, because there is a lot more to Morro Jable and this includes some great restaurants, bars and other attractions too.
Coastal view from Morro Jable
The Idyllic Jandia Peninsula
The Jandia Peninsula is a nature reserve with a variety of protected flora and fauna all set in superb settings made up rolling sand dunes and beautifully peaceful lagoons. The scenery is stunning and Morro Jable, which is just south of Costa Calma is right in the heart of it. Once a small fishing village, Morro Jable is a great choice of places to stay when visiting Fuerteventura, especially for anyone looking for last minute deals.
When it comes to accommodation, there’s plenty of choice which includes five star luxury hotels to traditional and very welcoming lodges. The promenade in Morro Jable is lined with vibrant cafés, bars, some very good restaurants and a good array of shops that sell everything people need during a holiday in Morro Jable, this includes some great souvenirs.
Swimming off the coast is a splendid experience, with water conditions being near perfect and the beaches really are divine with the Playa del Matorral being a long expanse of pure white sand that leads to a lighthouse. There are lots of water sports enjoyed in the area which includes windsurfing, scuba diving, water-skiing and the now extremely popular kite-surfing.
One thing worth noting is there are lots of naturist beaches around the area – one of them being just past the lighthouse on Playa del Matorral.
A Golf Lovers Dream Come True
Nestled in the hills just outside Morro Jable is the Jandia Golf Club, it’s a newish course where people can enjoy a round or two of golf in a beautiful setting. But that is the delightful part about Morro Jable, there is the old part of the town and then there is the newer side of it with the golf course being just a part of the developments that are taking place in the area.
The older part of Morro Jable is enchanting and can be found on each side of the headland where the fishing village was first built. There are still a few fishing boats in the harbour as well as charter boats and catamarans. The ferry service to Gran Canaria leaves from the Morro Jable harbour as well. The newer parts of Morro Jable run up the valley or barranco right into the hills and today connects the older parts of the fishing village to the harbour area.
Quaint part of town
Eating Out in Morro Jable
There is a distinct German influence found in a few of the restaurants in Morro Jable, with many of them being owned and run by Germans, this goes for a quite a lot of the bars too. The majority of the restaurants are found along the promenade overlooking the harbour, offering splendid views out to sea. However, Spanish and traditional Canarian restaurants can be found on the promenade along with an extremely good and popular ice cream parlour.
Away from the promenade are La Farola del Mal and the Coronado which are two particularly nice restaurants offering traditional fare. For snacks and lighter meals, there’s a good selection of beach bars too. Night life is a pretty low key affair that’s centred mainly on the hotels and a few of the restaurants and bars found along the beach front.
Morro Jable boasts an interesting history, having been first established as a settlement back in 1900. Right up until the 1970’s, the village was an isolated part of the island but over the years, more and more visitors have discovered what a lovely place it is and slowly, tourism has developed around the once small fishing village. It is a great choice of holiday destination with the resort offering lots of attractions and some of the best beaches on the island.
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