Beaches of Morro Jable
The beaches of Morro Jable Fuerteventura Spain are well-known for their beauty. Sandy ,long and in spots fairly wide. The beaches attract visitors from around the world. You can frequent the beaches literally across the street from the Morro Jable hotels or you can travel to the diverse beaches all along the coast. Even if your hotel isn’t right on your favorite beach it’s possible with the tide out to walk along the beach until you find your own patch of paradise. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a more traditional beach and friendly company or if you’re looking for an isolate corner to be alone with your thoughts and the squirrels. The beach in it’s very long length provides choices to satisfy almost any desire.
Playa del Matorral
Playa del Matorral is the longest,widest,sandiest and most open of the beaches of Morro Jable. If you are staying in Jandia it’s also likely the closest beach to your hotel. The hotels on Av. del Saladar are just across the street from the beach. You’ll find life guards,sun loungers and boat rentals. There are three beach bars. One at each end of the beach and a third more or less in the centre. This should give you an idea of the size of the beach which stretches for four kilometers.
Playa de Butihondo
When you walk past the surf school on the edge of Playa del Matorral you’ll reach Playa de Butihondo. This beach is narrower. Only 1500 metres in length with an average width of 45 metres. While 45 metres may seem wide in spots the beaches narrows greatly. At high tide it’s not unusual to find the ocean reclaiming whole areas. If you’ve picked a quiet secluded spot at low tide keep an eye on the water levels. They may come in later in the day.Protected by high cliffs behind the beach that can give a welcome respite from the winds. The beach itself 1500 metres in length isn’t short but the relative narrowness means it will seem smaller. You will find a limited number of sun loungers. The beach is also less sandy than Playa del Matorral. In spots the ocean will have exposed bare rock.
If you continue walking north you’ll eventually reach Playa de Mal Nombre. Of the beaches of Morro Jable discussed it’s the farthest. Far enough that if you are not a strong walker you might want to consider driving. The round trip from the beach front Morro Jable hotels will be well over ten kilometers. Less than 1500 metres in length and relatively narrow. The beach is best for simple relaxation. Expect little in the way of services. It’s the only section of beach mentioned that doesn’t provide the rental of any water sports craft. You will find a limited number of loungers and the usual beach bar.
Playa de La Cebada
Heading towards the old town of Morro Jable from Playa del Matorral you’ll find Playa de La Cebada. This is a shorter beach only two kilometers in length. Well served with loungers and a beach bar. Protected from the wind to a certain extent by the higher ground behind it. In some ways the most traditional of the beaches. It’s the closests to the older part of town. Water sports are common with windsurfers and hobie cats.
Playa de Caretta
You will find Playa de Caretta if you continue walking from Playa Butihondo. The beach has the usual beach bar,hobie cat rentals and loungers. You are unlikely to want to walk the full distance just for this beach but if your hotel is nearby you’ll likely greatly enjoy the beach. A beach you’ll find more than enjoyable if a bit far from the more southerly hotels.
Playa Tierra Dorada
Playa Tierra Dorada and the beach south of it are the last area I’ll focus on. Likely the least commercial of the various beaches. A statement that doesn’t imply the other beaches are commercial but this stretch of beach offers quiet,sand,ocean waves and outside of the usual beach bar at most you will find loungers for rent. You won’t need money for anything else even if you wanted to spend some money you couldn’t.
Of the beaches of Morro Jable this is one of the furthest from the Jandia lighthouse. You’ll face a long but pleasurable walk on the sand
Beaches of Morro Jable
From Playa de la Cebada to Playa mal Nombre is over a ten kilometer (six plus miles) walk on the sand. With the tide out it is possible to walk the whole distance and quite a bit more. Truth is the beach continues even further. During the walk you will see areas almost totally deserted and areas that are fully serviced with loungers,beach bars and bathrooms. But the reason to hike this far are the quiet deserted corners that will remind you of a lonely tropical beach. If you don’t feel like a twenty plus kilometer round trip walk you can take the bus back from various points. It is best to plan this in advance. Marking the bus stops on your phone GPS. But it should be remembered the buses aren’t very frequent.
For those that enjoy walking and find the promenade boring walking along the beach can be a much more enjoyable option. You will need beach shoes to deal with the few rocky parts. Other than that your only worry is the tide. There are points near the start of Playa Butihondo that narrow greatly at high tide. In extreme cases you may be forced to take to the water but most of the time a safe path remains on dry land.
A camera will let you capture images of the beach and it’s squirrels. Playa Butihondo is a good spot for sunrise photos. The iconic Jandia lighthouse of course is worth an image.
Weather in Morro Jable or the Jandia Peninsula
The Spanish weather service provides weather forecasts for the beach and longer forecasts for the Pajara district of the island. These forecasts tend to be the best and most reliable .
In general the weather for the island is temperate. While the island does get hot during the summer it doesn’t reach the extremes you can experience in southern Spain. Winters tend to be cool with a higher chance of rain. Likely the best time to visit the island are the shoulder seasons. The weather will be warmer than mainland Europe while not too hot.
Morro Jable Fuerteventura
has some of the easiest sandy beaches to reach from Europe during the winter. From much of Europe a four flight will get you to the island. A far shorter flight then what you will need for the Caribbean. If a relaxing beach vacation is on your wish list Morro Jable AKA Jandia should be on your list.
A bit of a warning
A final note that for some may be a warning. All of these beaches can have sections that are clothing optional. AKA FKK or naturist or nudist. If this offends you the Playa La Cebada or the section of Playa del Matorral from the lighthouse towards La Cebada are almost always fully clothed. No one will be bothered whatever choice you make. Nor will they bother you.