Worth a Trip: Ajuy & Puerto de la Peña

If you have your own wheels, a 9km side trip from Pájara takes you northwest to Ajuy and contiguous Puerto de la Peña. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fishing settlement, its black-sand beach makes a change from its illustrious golden neighbours to the south on the Península de Jandía. The locals and fishing boats take pride of place here, and the strand is fronted by a couple of simple seafood eateries serving up the day’s catch.

Once you've filled up on fresh fish, walk it off on a 40-minute round-trip wander along the coast. The path starts at the north end of the beach and passes an old limestone kiln before eventually leading you to some impressive caves in the cliff face.