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Jandia Holidays

Jandia can be found located at the southern most tip of the Canary Islands' most relaxed island of Fuerteventura. Jandia is the name given to this southern peninsula and it includes the resorts of Costa Calma and Playas de Jandia, as well as the port of Morro Jable and several smaller resorts. The very tip of the Jandia peninsula remains fairly inaccessible as it is a protected area being an official site of scientific interest and nature reserve and as such has not really been developed. The Jandia peninsula is home to some of the highest volcanic peaks on the island. You can choose to take the long walk to the top of Pico de Zarza, at 807 metres the highest point on the island, offering stunning views that makes the climb up worthwhile.

The resort is hugely popular with German tourists although the numbers of English visitors are on the increase. In general its sun, sand and activities mean that it appeals to families with young children, couples of all ages and water sports enthusiasts. The popularity with Germans is reflected in the ownership of the bars and in some of the cuisine on offer. However, there are a range of nationalities including a lot of Spanish owned bars and restaurants.

Many packages are available to the resort or you can book your flights directly to the islands main airport. Flights are available from all of the UK's main airports with operators such as Thomas Cook and First Choice or from Ireland with Ryanair. The flight time is approximately 4 hours, then if you hire a car or take a transfer (buses or taxis are available depending on your preference) the journey down to the south will take around an hour. Jandia is an all year round destination being mainly dry and sunny with temperatures ranging from around 20c to around 30c at their peak in August.

Jandia adjoins the famously long (30km) sandy beach of Playa Barca which means there is plenty of room on the beach even at the busiest times. The beach is superb with fine white sand aside the crystal clear blue waters of the Atlantic Sea. The beach is very popular with windsurfers with warm Saharan winds blowing off shore. (August brings a busier feel to the resort as Playa Barca hosts the annual world windsurfing championships.) As well as windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing are widely available. If you just want to chill out, there are sun loungers for hire.

The relaxed and secluded nature of the beaches is reflected in their popularity with naturists. The lighthouse at the Playa Del Matorral essentially divides the beach into naturist (generally to the north) and non naturist (those to the south) sections.

Nightlife is available from the range of hotels, bars and restaurants but as befits the nature of the resort it is largely calm and understated geared towards families and couples. Jandia offers a choice of restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine including traditional tapas bars (this is a good way to sample a range of Spanish dishes) or international options including fast food. Children are made to feel very welcome and portion sizes are adjusted to suit them.

The main resort area is modern and developed for the needs of the tourist rather than having traditional Spanish charm. That said in terms of shops, tapas bars, restaurants, bars and accommodation most needs have been catered for. As well as restaurants the town has good modern shopping malls for souvenir and other holiday shopping as well as supermarkets if you are self catering. Fuerteventura has special exemption from EU taxes on perfumes, alcohol and tobacco, which means these items, can be bought for less than in the rest of mainland Europe.

If you tire of the beaches Jandia has its own newly opened 18-hole golf course or for the adventurous camel safaris into the mountains are available. For a different view of the sea try the SUBCAT, which can navigate as a normal vessel on the water surface and as a submarine up to a depth of 30 metres giving a unique view of marine life.

Take an opportunity to hire a car as there are plenty of mountain villages to explore – a 4x4 is a good idea for areas where the terrain is a little rugged. You will find plenty of smaller restaurants in the mountains where you can try local specialities or you could rent a jeep and drive to the quaint harbour and fishing village that is Morro Jable just along the coast.

Fuerteventura Resorts