The most important locations on Fuerteventura South: Costa Calma, Jandia, Morro Jable, Gran Tarajal, Cofete, La Lajita, La Pared, Las Playitas, Pajara
The South of Fuerteventura was the last area to be developed as a tourist area on the island as there was a need to create an infrastructure first. Nowadays, it represents the most important tourist area of Fuerteventura with sandy beaches, optimal surfing conditions and plenty of recreational and nightlife possibilities. The most important villages are:
Costa Calma, Jandía, Morro Jable, Gran Tarajal, La Pared, Pájara
Costa Calma: once a barren area, this place has been transformed into a little oasis with user-friendly accommodation. They recently built a new promenade along the main street that joins the 2 roundabouts. Miles of white sandy beaches invite old and young to enjoy beach-time at full. But here, at “Playa Barca”, is also a hot spot for windsurfers due to unique geographical conditions that provide stronger winds than in the surrounding areas. No wonder that the international surf centre “Rene Egli” is located here. You can walk on the beach for miles. This is beach holiday at its best.
Las Playitas: a typical fishing village where you still can taste the traditional atmosphere. Although there has been built a golf accommodation recently, one still can enjoy the tranquillity of the area and the lovely views.
Gran Tarajal: a well-sized town with almost only locals. No tourists, except some Spanish ones. The wide promenade is close to the beach with dark sand and there are some nice restaurants and bars. The centre of the town has a plaza with nice trees and even a fountain. Some people there knew how to create a harmonious atmosphere. It was once an important “tomato-harbour” and centre of a very fertile and prosperous agricultural region.
Tarajalejo: old fishing village that has escaped so far from mass-tourism. The black sand beach is visited by rheumatic and arthritis patients as impressive improvements in health have been reported.La
La Lajita: well known for its botanical and animal garden.
Esquinzo: a tourist hotel area that provides direct access to the long, white sandy beach. A good way to visit this spot is via a beach walk.
Jandía: an impressive tourist location with perfect, miles long sandy beaches and hotel & apartment accommodation with sea view. There are plenty of sport and leisure opportunities on offer and bars and restaurants are abundant.
Morro Jable: the old fishing village has kept its traditional atmosphere, despite that it can be overcrowded sometimes. The old centre flows into the tourist restaurant and bar area in an enjoyable way. Please have a look at the big tree that hangs over the old benches where the locals use to chat in the shade. Tradition and tourism go hand in hand here.
La Pared: the name means “The Wall” and it is tribute to the real stone wall that divided Fuerteventura in 2 kingdoms, before the 15th century. Some remnants of this wall still can be seen on the way to Pájara, about 1 km after La Pared on your right hand side and somewhat further on your left. The urbanisation on the west coast of Fuerteventura is located at one of the most romantic beaches of the island. The sunsets here are breathtaking. Although undercurrents that are typical for the west coast create a potential hazard to adventurous swimmers, you can swim here, but stay very close to the shore. A walk along the beach will show you some remarkable volcanic formations. La Pared also has received official recognition as “Area with Climatic Health Benefits”.
Pájara: a typical agricultural village from the 16th century, situated in a valley, and that understood how to cherish their patrimony and vegetation. It is like an oasis in the desert, and surrounded by high hills that create a microclimate and protect it from the dry and hot winds. There is an interesting church "Nuestra Señora de Regla" (open 7/7, 10-14h) with Aztec-like sculptures above the entrance and surrounded by a vast amount of trees. In front of the church is a water mill that is “powered” by a donkey (Mon-Fri, 09-13h). Behind the church is a small botanic garden and next to it is the river bed with an abundance of Bougainvillea and Oleanders in all sorts of colours. Also worthwhile visiting is the beautiful bar/restaurant “Casa Isaïtas”, in front of the large parking area.
Area La Pared – Pájara: an abandoned area with superb views on the “Spirit of Fuerteventura”. The tranquillity of the area and the purity of the views will impress you and will stay with you forever. Truly a place to put things in perspective.
Area Pájara – Betancuria: this trip will bring you to the highest roads of Fuerteventura with very impressive views which you can enjoy from specially created parking lots.
Area Pájara – Ajuy: the road will take you to the oldest harbour of Fuerteventura and it is rewarding to turn in to “Buen Paso”, drive till the end and make a 1 mile walk up to the entrance of the gorge that once was walked on by Jean de Bethencourt in the 15th century.
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