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Beach in Playa de Sotavento de Jandía

Playa de la Barca

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 wind- and kitesurfers' beach par excellence, with superb faci…
Beach in Morro Jable

Playa del Matorral

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 for indulging in a variety of watersports, churning a pedalo or…
Beach in Cofete

Playa de Cofete

This is the main beach in far-flung Cofete, near the southern tip of the island. It's quite beautiful and completely undeveloped, but think twice about swimming here: the waves and currents are more formidable than …
Tapas in Morro Jable

La Bodega de Jandía

With legs of ham hanging from the ceiling and vocal locals shouting out their orders, this place has more atmosphere than the tourist restaurants along the seafront. Canarian specialities like ropa vieja and mousse …
Cafe in Costa Calma

Rapa Nui

A good choice on a sunny day (and there are plenty), this place has a lovely terrace with sea views. It runs the adjacent surf shop and serves sandwiches, snacks, ice cream (made on the premises), cocktails and coff…
Tapas in Morro Jable

Bar La Parada

Although the small menu here is translated into several languages, the voices around you are almost all Canarian. Local señores come for the hearty goat, rabbit or chickpea stews. Sunday is paella day, when you can …
Seafood in La Pared

Restaurante Bahía La Pared

Overlooking the mottled black basalt and sandy beach, the specialities here are fresh fish and seafood paella. The restaurant also runs an adjacent swimming-pool complex, complete with kiddie slides (noon-5pm), whic…
Sports in Playa de Sotavento de Jandía

Windsurfing World Championship

For 10 hyperactive days each July, the drowsy calm is shattered by daytime action and frantic nightlife as the beach hosts a leg of the Windsurfing World Championship, which attracts windsurfers and kiteboarders fro…
Bar in Costa Calma

Bar Synergy

Head here for a mojito sundowner; it’s about as hip as Costa Calma gets, with decor in sleek, neutral tones and picture windows just about giving you a view of the distant ocean.
Canarian in Cofete

Restaurante Cofete

Has a more sophisticated menu than you’d expect from a restaurant that’s literally at the end of the road. It serves fresh fish as well as carne de cabra en salsa (goat in sauce).