Esquinzo & Jandía Excursions and Sights
Due to its weather and the endless beaches Jandía Playa, as the place is also known, has turned into one of Fuerteventura's main tourist centers since the 1960s. Hundreds of thousands spend their holidays there every year. Most of them are from Germany. Among the most outstanding sights in Jandía town there are the beaches. However, these are not the only ones even though the place has grown artificially and has no historic center. On holiday there are a lot of things to do in and from Jandía, either on your own or organized by operators.
The term Jandía has two meanings on Fuerteventura. On the one hand, it refers to the entire southern tip of the island as the Jandía peninsula and on the other, Jandía is the tourist destination that stretches along the southwest coast. The southernmost district of Jandía town is Solana Matorral. Further north is Piedras Caídas and then Esquinzo. In Esquinzo there are some sights and excursions that you can make during your stay. What makes Jandía in the south of Fuerteventura such a special holiday destination, what to do there and to see, can be found in this detailed article.
- Organized excursions in Jandía
- Sights in Jandía
- Sights in Esquinzo
- Shopping in Jandía
- Nightlife in Jandía
- Beaches of Jandía
- Weather in Jandia
- Hotels in Jandia
Activities in Jandia
What to Do in Jandía - Organized Excursions
There are a lot of tourists throughout the whole area of Jandía. Most of them spend their holidays there, while others instead are day visitors from other regions of the island. As a result, an enormous demand for organized tours has developed in Jandía. Therefore, many of the operators have settled there. Consequently, if you are looking for things to do in Jandía, it is very easy for you because the offer is huge. All excursion providers we have listed on our website for the south of Fuerteventura will pick you up at your hotel. Some excursions start directly in Jandía town or Esquinzo. And you will also find your dream excursion at the end of this article, with no need to worry about the hotel transfer. By the way in the detailed descriptions of our excursions under the point “Services & Prices” you will find the exact information about whether you will be picked up and from where.
Hiking from Jandía
Hiking or trekking tours are very popular in the winter months. You can book several guided walking tours from Jandía on our website. You will be picked up at your hotel in Jandía, and then taken by bus to the starting points, of the mostly not very strenuous routes. Explore Fuerteventura on foot; see impressive cliffs, green valleys and incomparable nature.
Boat trips in Jandía
Whether by catamaran or yacht, Jandía is an excellent starting point for boat excursions. Due to its proximity to the port of Puerto de Morro Jable, it opens the gate to the Atlantic. Whether you like something cozy and on a small scale or something rather exciting together with many others. Jandía offers you parties, dolphin watching, fishing trips and trips to relax and swim on the sea on large and small boats and catamarans.
Jandía JetSki Safari and Parasailing
Wonderful beaches often host vendors of various water sports activities. And that’s why you can book Jet Ski tours from Jandía or, if you want to get high, admire the town from above while parasailing. Wind and waves provide plenty of adrenaline when you jet along the coast with the JetSki or when you float over 100 meters above the water surface.
Jeep Safari Jandía
These exploration tours are very popular. During a jeep safari from Jandía you will get to know the Jandía peninsula and the huge mountain range of its natural park. Visit Playa Cofete one of the most beautiful and lonely beaches on the island. Enjoy nature in its virgin state, as the dust from the off-road tracks gets through every opening of your clothing.
Things to do in Esquinzo
The things to do in Esquinzo are the same as in Jandía. You just have to pick the right activity after reading this article. But to be safe, read the descriptions of the excursions under “Services & Prices” and ensure that you will be picked up as well from Esquinzo.
Things to see in Jandía
The entire southern part of Fuerteventura is called Península de Jandía. The peninsula is separated from the rest of the island by the isthmus “Istmo de La Pared” of only 5 kilometers width. In addition to the tourist area in the southwest on the peninsula, there is also the Jandía Natural Park with its mighty elevations. Among them is the highest mountain of the island, the Pico de la Zarza (807 meters). The mountains ensure that the tourist resorts in the southwest are largely protected from clouds and cold air. More information about the Jandía Natural Park can be found here.
The Whale Skeleton of Jandía
Few people will ever meet a sperm whale face to face. You can get an idea of what to expect, on a meadow facing the beach in the district Solana Matorral. The nearly 15-meter-long skeleton of a sperm whale that used to weigh more than 16 tons, washed ashore in Fuerteventura in 2004, will definitely amaze you.
The salt marshes of Jandía
The salt marshes “Humedal Saladar de Jandía” are a unique and very sensitive ecosystem, which as a biosphere reserve is part of the nature reserve of Fuerteventura. Rare bird species from North Africa and Europe have their nesting sites here. In addition, special plants grow here that feed on the salt water of the sea. You will find the salt marshes on the beach Playa del Matorral and may also meet marabous, cranes or chipmunks there.
Playa de Esquinzo Attractions
Esquinzo is a completely new tourist destination, where bathing pleasure and relaxation are in the foreground. For this reason Esquinzo has no own attractions in the classical sense. But it is a central point in the south, from which you can quickly and easily reach the sights of the other regions.
Shopping in Jandía
The shopping center “Centro Comercial Cosmo” in Jandía is considered a paradise for shopping lovers. It is located just off the main street, Avenida del Saladar, at the southern end of the town and tempts visitors on four floors to spend a fortune shopping. In addition to the usual fashion boutiques, perfume and souvenir shops, there is a wide selection of bars and restaurants. You can also go shopping in Jandía. Strolling down the main street of Solana Matorral, you will find the usual shops as well as shops with local offers.
Nightlife in Jandía
The center of Jandía’s nightlife is the Cosmo shopping center. In addition to numerous pubs and cocktail bars, there are also two discotheques. The surfing bar “Surf Inn” is very popular apart to cocktails and drinks they are showing surf videos that create a relaxed atmosphere. After midnight, many are drawn to the Noche Tropical. Here you will dance and celebrate to Latin American rhythms until dawn. On top of that, the nightlife around the main street of Jandía offers many more bars and restaurants where to end a great day of your vacation.
Things worth knowing about Jandía Town
Beaches in Jandía
The Playa Esquinzo-Butihondo beach is located just in front of the hotel rows of Esquinzo. The bright sandy beach is very shallow, so that it is suitable for children. The crystal-clear water also throws some waves, so that water sports are not neglected either. The beach Playa las Gaviotas begins in the district of Las Gaviotas, then turns into the Playa de Jandía, and finally ends as Playa Matorral at the entrance of Morro Jable. This contiguous beach section is about 4 kilometers long and impresses with its bright sand and shallow depth of the sea. Its special feature is the width of the beach. Here you will find enough space at any time, without having to lie towel to towel with the neighbors. Nudism is allowed.
Weather in Jandía
The Jandía Natural Park ensures a balanced and dry climate in the area with its mountains. In fact, the weather in Jandía is considered the sunniest on the whole island. If you look at the climate table for Jandía, you will see temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees in the winter and 24 to 29 degrees throughout the summer months. The average number of about 30 rainy days per year is not significant. Apart from this, the wind is not as strong in this region as it is in other regions of Fuerteventura.
Hotels in Jandía
Excellent hotels have emerged in Jandía town that leave nothing to be desired. Some have pool facilities reminiscent of large water parks. Many of the hotels are built near the beach, so most of them offer a wonderful sea view. You can choose from all categories and if you are looking for something special, such as Kids- or Adults Only Hotels you will surely find it here. We wish you a great holiday in Jandía.
Tours and Excursions for Holidaymakers in Jandía Playa and Esquinzo
Boat and Yacht Excursions, Dolphin and Whale Watching
Season: All‑season Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Duration: 4 hours An exclusive sailing trip, in a small circle. Sail along the impressive volcanic coast of Fuerteventura on an elegant hand-crafted Turkish gullet. Set the sails and navigate into the…explore
Season: 15th July to 15th September Days: Tuesday Duration: 5 hours Visit the overwhelmingly beautiful Papagayo Beaches of Lanzarote, while on holiday in Fuerteventura. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a fantastic day on the sea. You will first…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily Duration: 1,5 hours Come for a whale and dolphin search trip to Morro Jable on Fuerteventura. The encounter with these fascinating creatures in the wild is a truly unique experience. You can make…explore
Bus and Minibus Excursions, Jeep Safaris and Day Trips to Lanzarote
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday (15.07. to 15.09.) and Saturday Duration: 5 hours Take the opportunity to visit the fascinating Lanzarote during your holiday in Fuerteventura. This combination of boat and bus tour is packed with mesmerizing experiences. Discover the hidden treasures…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 7 hours Driving through the mountains of Fuerteventura in a caravan with several jeeps has something truly adventurous. And the Defenders are more comfortable than you would expect. With your jeep you…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Duration: 7 hours Leave the main roads on this minibus tour and head for the narrow side streets. Discover the beauty of the interior of Fuerteventura and its west coast. Expect overwhelming views and…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Duration: 7 hours Enjoy Fuerteventura with all your senses. On this interesting drive through Pájara and Betancuria in a comfortable minibus, you can taste a variety of local agricultural products and learn about…explore
Buggy and Quad Tours
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Monday Duration: 3 hours Unlimited buggy driving pleasure. Experience the beauty of the beaches of Fuerteventura in this action-packed expedition through desert-like landscapes and dried riverbeds. This impressive driving experience and the breathtaking…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Monday Duration: 3 hours An action packed expedition through Fuerteventura by quad bike. This tour combines the sensational quad biking fun with a great nature experience. On your way through deserted, unreal lunar…explore
Bicycle and Segway Tours
Season: All‑season Days: Thursday and Saturday Duration: 3 hours Get to know the different facets of Fuerteventura. You will be truly amazed by its scenic diversity. This guided e-bike tour leads you from Costa Calma, along the stunning coastlines…explore
Ride Excursions on Horses or Camels
JetSki, Parasailing, Flyboard and Water Sports Combinations
Season: All‑season Days: Temporary not available Duration: approx. 10 minutes Experience Morro Jable from lofty heights - parasailing fun on Fuerteventura. Float at about 150 m above the turquoise waters. Enjoy an exciting cocktail of various overwhelming sensations. Unlimited…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily Duration: 10 min Crazy Ufo, 10 min Jet Boat, 1 hour JetSki Safari The water sport package with a plus for the extra adrenalin kick. You save between € 31,00 and € 40,00! No time to relax in Fuerteventura. These activities keep…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Temporary not available Duration: 10 min Parasailing, 10 min Crazy Ufo, 1 hour JetSki Safari A totally crazy combi for an absolutely insane price: Save between € 37,00 and € 42,00! Feel the G-Force dragging you from side to side during this wicked Crazy…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Temporary not available Duration: 10 min Banana Boat, 10 min Crazy Ufo, 10 min Parasailing Triplicate the fun factor & save between € 15,00 and € 28,00. This package fantastically combines total relaxation with absolute excitement at the beach of Morro Jable in…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily Duration: 10 min Jet Boat, 10 min Crazy Ufo, 10 min Banana Boat Water sport Pack 3 reloaded: The total speed adventure! And save between € 9,00 and € 26,00! When speed and G-Force combine with the ocean the result is maximum…explore