Playa de Sotavento de Jandía


The name is a catch-all for the series of truly stunning beaches that stretch along the east coast of the peninsula. For swimming, sunbathing and windsurfing, this is a coastal paradise, with kilometre after kilometre of fine white sand that creeps its way almost imperceptibly into the turquoise expanse of the Atlantic. The principle beach here – in particular for windsurfers and kitesurfers – is Playa de la Barca.

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1. Playa de la Barca

2.43 MILES

The beach that most people visualise when they think of Sotavento is Playa de la Barca. Signposted from the FV-2, 2.5km south of Costa Calma, this is the…

2. Playa del Matorral

6.36 MILES

Playa del Matorral is the main beach here and it’s magnificent, stretching eastwards for over 4km from Morro Jable. A family-friendly beach, it’s great…

3. Villa Winter

6.82 MILES

This impressive structure, with its castle-like turret, was built by German engineer Gustav Winter in the 1930s. Rumours linking Winter to the Nazi party…

4. Turtle Nursery

7.13 MILES

This small sanctuary in the Puerto de Morro Jable is for turtles to be reared, ready for release into the wild. It is sometimes closed without notice, but…

5. Playa de Cofete

7.62 MILES

This is the main beach in far-flung Cofete, near the southern tip of the island and the main draw on the island for many. It's huge, quite beautiful and…

6. Oasis Park

8.45 MILES

If you don’t object to zoos, expansive (and expensive) Oasis Park in La Lajita has mammals, birds and sea life, plus shows and camel rides. Here you can…

7. Mirador Astronómico de Sicasumbre

13.78 MILES

If you want just one place to put the island's primordial, barren geology and Martian features into wide-angle perspective, this mirador has breathtaking…

8. Punta de Jandía Lighthouse

15.18 MILES

At the end of the dirt road from Morro Jable, the asphalt returns for a smooth ride to this lighthouse positioned over thundering Atlantic waves. The…