Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and an attractive travel destination all year round. In summer, the wind ensures that the warm temperatures are quite bearable, while in winter the mild climate and geographical location result in pleasant average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius.
There are four well-known holiday resorts on Fuerteventura, but my personal favourite is the area in the far south of the island with the small towns of Morro Jable and Jandia. Morro Jable is a charming old fishing village and nowadays the town centre where the local population lives. Jandia on the other hand is the touristy part, where the hotels and promenade are located.
Whether you want to enjoy the numerous water sports activities or simply relax – in Morro Jable everyone will find what they are looking for. The region is popular with holidaymakers from all over Europe. Read on to find out more about what you can experience in and around Morro Jable, and why I love the south of the island so much.
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Things to do in Morro Jable
Beaches in Morro Jable
I have seen many beaches, but I particularly like the wide, golden yellow beach of Morro Jable. It stretches over 20 kilometres to Costa Calma and separates the island from the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The over 4 kilometre long beach section in front of Morro Jable and Jandia is called “Playa del Matorral” and is lined with a promenade dotted with restaurants, shops and holiday complexes.
In the south, there is firstly the town beach of Morro Jable. A bit further north, in front of the hotels, sun loungers and parasols are available to rent and there are several beach bars where you can get refreshments, toilet facilities, disabled access to the beach and year-round lifeguards. The spacious northern part of the beach also has an FKK area. Behind it is a salt marsh nature reserve that separates the beach from the road.
The fine sandy beach slopes gently into the sea and is perfect not only for long beach walks, but also for relaxing and bathing in the refreshing seawater. The water is crystal clear and has a pleasant temperature between 17 and 22 degrees all year round. The sea is also usually calm here, which makes the beach ideal for families with children too. Here you can find out more about the best beaches on Fuerteventura.
Faro del Matorral Lighthouse
Right on Playa del Matorral stands the 62 metre high Faro del Matorral, the tallest lighthouse on Fuerteventura. The tower is an impressive photo motif and definitely worth a walk. It was commissioned in 1996 and is designed for fully automated operation without any lighthouse keepers, which is why there are no adjacent housing or other facilities. While optical beacons no longer have a decisive function for shipping today, it still completes the picture of Playa del Matorral as a landmark.
Jandía Nature Park
The contrasting Jandía Nature Park surrounds Morro Jable and has plenty to explore. It stretches from the Istmo de La Pared isthmus at Costa Calma to the southwesternmost point of the Jandía peninsula, the Punta de Jandía lighthouse. It is a mountainous region whose highest point, Pico de la Zarza, is 807 metres above sea level. You can hike up there and enjoy breathtaking views on clear days, but more on that later!
The largely uninhabited area consists of different rock types, ridges and valleys and is home to unique plant species as well as agricultural livestock such as goats, and various bird and insect species. On the back of the ridge is the picturesque Cofete beach. As the surf and currents there are very strong, it is not suitable for swimming, but perfect for long beach walks and relaxed hours in nature.
On the edge of the small village of Cofete there is also the mysterious Villa Winter, about which many stories are told. It was built by the German Gustav Winter and is said to have been built as a base for U-boats during the time of National Socialism. However, the villa cannot be visited on your own, only on certain jeep safaris. You should also not drive in and through the nature park with a normal rental car, as most rental cars are not insured on the unpaved gravel tracks. It is better to join an accompanied jeep tour or alternatively a public bus runs twice a day to Punta de Jandia and Playa de Cofete. The ride is a bit adventurous in any case!
Sea Turtle Rescue Centre
Another popular excursion destination is the turtle rescue centre in Morro Jable. Injured or weakened sea turtles are taken in and nursed back to health here until they are fit enough to be released back into the wild Atlantic Ocean. Some turtles that would no longer stand a chance of survival in the wild have also found a permanent home at the centre. You can admire the likeable marine creatures in their pools and learn something about the reintroduction programme and the threats to turtles in the oceans.
The “Centro de Recuperación y Conservación de Tortugas Marinas” is located on the port premises, slightly west of the town centre, and can currently be visited free of charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm by prior reservation via the website. However, places are very limited and book up quickly, so it’s worth reserving a visit time well in advance.
The Old Town of Morro Jable
For example, after visiting the turtle rescue centre, a leisurely stroll through Morro Jable’s old town is a great idea. A pedestrian zone leads through the centre of the former fishing village, from where numerous narrow lanes branch off, inviting you to explore the old town. There are lots of little shops, from fashion stores, jewellery shops and souvenir shops to cafés, tapas bars and restaurants.
I can also highly recommend climbing the steps up to the Church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen at the end of the beach promenade. Nearby is the viewpoint Mirador de Morro Jable, which offers great views over the town, beach and sea. This is also the route if you walk to the harbour. What else the harbour has to offer besides the sea turtle centre, you’ll find out next.
Port of Morro Jable
The port of Morro Jable is mainly a berth for many private boats, fishing boats of locals and some excursion boats. There is a speedboat, large and small catamarans, an old sailing ship and even a pirate ship that sail along the coast and out to sea almost daily. The best thing is that on most tours you have a great chance of observing dolphins, whales and other marine life in their natural habitat all year round.
The port is also the starting and finishing point for jet ski tours and a large ferry runs several times a day to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and several times a week to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife. The crossing takes about 2 or 5 hours respectively.
You can probably get the freshest fish on the island at the restaurants at the harbour. And not only you know that now, but also several large rays that live in the harbour basin and get fed plenty. Around noon the rays usually set off and swim a lap from the harbour out past the cliffs of Morro Jable and back – you can almost set your watch by them!
Activities around Morro Jable & Jandía
Shopping in Morro Jable
There are numerous shopping opportunities in both Morro Jable and Jandia. In addition to the shops already described in the old town, there are two larger shopping centres and a good kilometre-long shopping promenade along the main road in Jandia. There you’ll find famous brand shops, individual stores, souvenir shops and supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Fuerteventura is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts, as there is a variety of electronic devices, perfumes, spirits and exquisite chocolates, all duty-free. Have fun shopping!
Water sports in Morro Jable
For water sports enthusiasts, Morro Jable has plenty of activities and a great surfing and sailing area to offer. In addition to jet ski safaris and catamaran trips off the coast of Morro Jable, you can also rent equipment as an external guest at the Robinson Club Jandia Playa water sports station. There you can go wing surfing / wing foiling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing or stand-up paddling – something for everyone. Slightly further north in La Pared, local surf schools also offer surfing, including hotel pick-up in Morro Jable and Jandia.
Snorkelling and diving in Jandía
You can already see the fish swimming in the crystal clear sea in the shallow water on Morro Jable beach. Just a taste of what you can discover when snorkelling or diving. There are many different species of fish, moray eels and sometimes even rays and turtles.
In front of the cliff in the bay of Morro Jable you can simply get into the water with your own snorkelling equipment and drift along. But there are also some providers in Morro Jable and Jandia that offer guided snorkelling or diving trips, both for beginners and more experienced divers. Special spots for diving are the moray reef off Jandia with ravines up to 40 metres deep and the anemone field near Morro Jable.
As already mentioned, there are various excursion boats that depart from Morro Jable and head out into the Atlantic in search of marine life. Due to the geographical location of the island in the middle of the ocean but near the African continent, the waters off the coast of Morro Jable provide ideal living conditions for whales and dolphins. They live here all year round and spotting them depends more on the weather than the temperatures. Chances are highest on a calm day with little wind – but of course there is no guarantee. Species regularly sighted in the waters include, for example, fin whales, sperm whales and pilot whales as well as common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins. During a two hour tour I saw several groups of bottlenose dolphins – absolutely fascinating!
Hiking around Morro Jable
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, Fuerteventura’s many hiking trails are the place for you. The Jandía nature park offers various hikes, for example to or around Cofete. However, the most famous hike leads to Fuerteventura’s highest point, Pico de la Zarza. On clear days, the summit offers a spectacular view of Cofete beach, the Atlantic Ocean and on good visibility days you can even see the highest mountains of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Unfortunately I had no luck with the weather, but I still enjoyed the hike.
The hike starts behind the Occidental Jandia Mar hotel complex on Calle Sancho Panza and is 12 kilometres long (round trip). You should allow 4 to 5 hours for the round trip and make sure you have plenty of drinking water and supplies, as well as adequate sun protection and sturdy shoes. As clouds often pile up at the top and the wind blows over the ridge, you should also think of warmer clothing or a rain jacket. The route is easy to follow and relatively well paved, but consists of small stones and some coarser gravel in places. The last bit to the summit gets steeper again and can be reached via a stone staircase. As long as you assess yourself realistically and are not careless, the hike is quite feasible even for untrained hikers and makes for a nice half-day trip.
Nightlife in Morro Jable
Fuerteventura is a rather quiet island that gets progressively quieter from north to south. In Morro Jable and Jandia there is a wider selection of restaurants and bars that stay open late and offer live shows and other entertainment. But for those who still want to party at night, I have two addresses: The Tortuga Bar – a club in Jandia, on Avenida del Saladar and the Skipper Bar – a bar in Jandia, on Calle Bentejuy. This is where locals, hotel staff and some tourists come together and can party to Spanish and international music.
Hotel tip in Morro Jable
For those whose travel bug I’ve awakened with my tips and activities, of course I now have a hotel tip in Morro Jable, from where the places and activities can best be explored: The TUI BLUE Riu Calypso.iu Calypso.
This adults-only hotel is the second to last hotel in the south of Fuerteventura and is located directly on the kilometres-long sandy beach of Jandia. In my opinion, the location is unbeatable. The complex is very well maintained and the rooms are large and almost all have a great sea view thanks to the terraced design. There is a wide selection of international and Mediterranean cuisine in two restaurants and three bars with alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialities.
During the day and in the evening there is sophisticated entertainment with sports activities, gourmet tastings, live shows and much more. The friendly Blue Guides on site not only help you make the most of your hotel stay, but also have tips and recommendations for excursions and activities in and around Morro Jable.
Restaurant tip in Morro Jable
If you want to enjoy typical Spanish cuisine, I can highly recommend the restaurants “Tapas de mis Abuelos” and “La Bodega de Jandia”. They offer seasonal and authentic dishes such as tapas, fish dishes, tortillas and much more. As the restaurants are very popular, I would advise booking in advance.
Is a holiday in Morro Jable worthwhile?
Morro Jable on Fuerteventura combines the best of the Canary Islands: stunning beaches, charming atmosphere and a rich variety of leisure activities. Here you will find the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. If you want to read more about Fuerteventura’s best beaches and rental car routes, you’ll find the best tips for the east coast here and for the west coast here.
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Frequently asked questions about Morro Jable in Fuerteventura
When is the market in Morro Jable?
The African market takes place in the Jandia district on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm, where traders from Africa offer handicrafts, fashion items and accessories at numerous stalls.
Can you go shopping in Jandia?
There are numerous shopping opportunities in Jandia. A good kilometre-long shopping promenade with well-known brand shops, individual stores, souvenir shops and shopping centres stretches along the main road. The Morro Jable district also has some small shops that are worth a stroll.
How much does a taxi from Jandia to Morro Jable cost?
A taxi from Jandia Playa to Morro Jable costs between 5 and 10 euros and the journey takes about 5 minutes.
Where does the ferry from Morro Jable go?
In Morro Jable harbour, a large ferry runs several times a day to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and several times a week to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife. The crossing takes about 2 or 5 hours respectively.
How long is Morro Jable beach?
The golden sandy beach of Morro Jable and Jandia Playa is 4,365 metres long and up to 60 metres wide in places.CopyRetry