Península de Jandía
Most of the Península de Jandía is protected by its status as the Parque Natural de Jandía. The southwest is a canvas of craggy hills and bald plains leading to cliffs west of Morro Jable. Much of the rest of the peninsula is made up of dunes, scrub and beaches. It is said that German submarine crews used to hole up along the peninsula occasionally during WWII.
The Centre of Fuerteventura
Central Fuerteventura offers the most geographically diverse landscape on this overwhelmingly desert-covered island. The soaring mountains of the Parque Natural de Betancuria are contrasted in the south by the wadi-style palm-tree oasis of the Vega del Río de Palmas.
More staid than its northern counterpart Corralejo, Morro Jable is almost exclusively German. The beach is the main attraction, with pale golden sand stretching for around 4km from the older part of town. It’s fronted by low-rise, immaculately landscaped apartments and hotels.
This former fishing village has real character; it’s a bit scruffy in places, but that’s all part of the charm. Unfortunately, the cranes have arrived – and not the winged variety. At least the development continues to be low-rise and, particularly around Los Lagos, the architecture is more imaginative than most.
Wonderfully lush, this pretty hamlet is tucked into the protective folds of the basalt hills and is a patchwork of dry-stone walls, palm trees and simple, whitewashed cottages. Lording over it all is a magnificent 17th-century church and courtyard. Jean de Béthencourt thought this the ideal spot to set up house in 1405, so he had living quarters and a chapel built.
Caleta de Fuste
This smart, well-landscaped resort exudes an opulent southern-California feel, particularly around the sprawling Barceló minivillage, which fronts the main beach. Caleta is convenient for the airport and, if you’re travelling with a young family, the wide arc of sand and shallow waters are ideal.
Tarajalejo & Giniginamar
These two quiet fishing hamlets go about their business largely undisturbed by tourists, despite Tarajalejo’s new four-star Bahia Playa hotel. Their small, grey beaches are nothing spectacular but reasonably uncrowded. Stop for a drink at the simple Beach Bar Tarajalejo, with its straw umbrellas on the beach. This is a popular spot for windsurfers.
Costa Calma, about 25km northeast of Morro Jable, is a confusing muddle of one-way streets interspersed with apartments, commercial centres (at least eight!) and the occasional hotel. The long and sandy beach is magnificent, but the whole place lacks soul or anything historic; its lifeline being the (mostly) German tourists.
This little fishing village presents yet another black-sand and pebble beach and cove with colourful fishing boats and an unspoiled waterfront. However, a sprawl of unimaginative apartment blocks stretches all the way to the highway. At its southern exit is one of the island’s largest theme parks: Oasis Park.