At the south of the island lies the major resort of Morro Jable. From its beginnings as a small fishing village, Morro Jable is now a major holiday venue extremely popular among German holidaymakers.
Thousands of tourists a year are attracted by its miles of golden beaches, a clear blue sea plus its array of shops, bars and restaurants mostly spread out along the main road.
The resort is 60 miles from the airport. It was once only reached by a rough road but in 1982, a new main road was built. Even so, it remained very twisty towards the latter part of the journey – as names like “The Bend with a Bad Name” bear witness to. However, all that changed late 2006 with the opening of a new expressway between Pecenescal and Bayvelo which, making use of long elevated stretches between mountains, shaves around 20 minutes off the journey.
Some of the beaches here are among the most beautiful in the Canary Islands. Water sports enthusiasts are well catered for with everything from windsurfing to jet skiing. Despite the influx of tourism, the old village still retains its charm and there is a quaint harbour in the west where you can watch local fishermen go about their daily business. The jet foil for Gran Canaria also leaves from Morro Jable. The town very much caters for the German market – most menus are in German and even road signs.
Morro Jable Market
Market in Morro Jable is held every Monday and Thursday 09.00 – 14.00. Next to Cosmo Centre – Avendia del Saladar, opposite Robinson Club in Jandia.
How to get to Morro Jable
If you are driving down there, don’t be confused by the fact that Morro Jable also goes under the name of Jandia. Only a few buses a day take the coastal route via the airport and Caleta de Fuste down to Morro Jable – the route 10 from Puerto del Rosario. Buses taking the inland route from Puerto del Rosario (the number 1) leave at regular intervals.
You can also take a taxi but be prepared to pay something over 100 euro.
The beach at Morro Jable is part of a stretch of natural white sandy beaches while the beach stretching north of the lighthouse is used more by naturists, that to the south is used more by those who prefer to keep some clothes on. On the beach to the south of the lighthouse you can charter a yacht for sailing and there are plans to build a new marina.
Morro Jable gets its name from the original French invaders, Jable being a corruption of the word sand in French, sable.
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