Discovering the magic of Playa Jandía on Fuerteventura

Spain is a country filled with unique paradisical landscapes. They boast a presence and personality that places us at the forefront of world tourism. Even if it’s the peninsula that benefits the most, speaking in terms of visitors – with places like the Stone Monastery, Valencia’s Albufera, the Cádiz mountains and the Bilbao river – the islands (whether we’re talking about the Balearic or the Canary Islands) are definitely two of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.

Our destination this month is Fuerteventura: a land of volcanoes where you’ll find unique spots that are a lot more special than those featured in the travel guides we all buy to get information on all the good stuff waiting for us at our chosen destination. Even if there are plenty of examples (such as the Corralejo Natural Park and the Islote de Lobos island), nothing compares to the beauty of the Jandía peninsula, topped by the beach Playa Jandía.

Much more than a beach

Even if many flock here to enjoy the sun and sea, Playa Jandía has its own personality that offers visitors a paused, quiet and one hundred per cent Canarian character. In this area of the island the way of life is completely different from that found in other parts of the region.

As you might expect, this makes Playa Jandía the Kingdom of Surfers, but it’s also a great choice for anyone who enjoys a diving session or a bit of light sailing.

Pure Atlantic

Playa Jandía is pure Atlantic. This is the place to come to discover the magic of the big blue that caresses the shorelines in this part of the world. The deep blue colour and the waves (occasionally frantic) combine to perfection with a yellow, soft blanket of sand that shines like the Sun.

Beyond the beaches, don’t miss out on the Jandía Natural Park. This vast natural desert landscape (characteristic to volcanic destinations like Fuerteventura) offers tours where you can learn more about the flora and fauna of this part of the island, and enjoy unique views with the sea as backdrop.

Hotels in Playa Jandía

Considered one of the most beautiful beach destinations in our country, Playa Jandía is also one of the ‘top’ destinations for the IBEROSTAR hotels and resorts chain, a brand that is known for hotels featuring the highest quality available, and a truly interesting price range.

The Majorcan chain offers three of the best hotels in the area. They are: IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park

Gastronomic tourism in the Canary Islands sealed by Cocina del Mencey

The Canary Islands offer a unique natural environment in the world (due to its volcanic tradition and its geography). This quiet destination offers great leisure and relaxing activities. Those who have the opportunity of travelling to this destination in the Atlantic ocean know that it will be a different, original and unique travel.

Apart from its nice climate and its natural beauty, the Canary Islands offer us traditions of a quiet life and an exquisite gastronomy.

gastronomic tourism

A gastronomy that attracts many tourists who travel to the Canary Islands in summer to discover the flavours that make this gastronomy so special. La Cocina del Mencey, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers delicious dishes from the Canary Islands.

It has become really popular due to its amazing combination of local and international ingredients. The culinary offer of this gastronomic hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife changes monthly and adds new innovations to its proposals, its flavours or its presentation. For this reason, it is one of the main gastronomic centres of this beautiful Canary island.

La Cocina del Mencey offers its visitors exclusive culinary courses where to learn how to prepare Canarian dishes with local products.
In reference to the flavours and presentation, la Cocina del Mencey guarantees quality due to its unique Canarian dishes (as the delicious majorero cheese or local species) and high-quality wines. Its menu includes great local wines (the so-called “wines of the land” as well as national and international wines.

Fuerteventura, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Lanzarote: you choose

Canarias is like a multi-destination where you could change your mind about your holidays concept.  Although at first sight, it may seem that the archipelago just offers you sun and beaches, every one of its islands hides surprising proposals, which persuade you to visit it again. In fact, each of the territories that make up Canarias allows you to organise a tailor made travel, different and original, with diverse purposes and outcomes.

Today we will take advantage of January’s calm, post-holiday season and the Winter cold to stay home thinking about all good things to come: Holidays. Take out pencil and paper and take notes because we will review some of the proposals that Canarias offers us for this Spring-Summer 2016. If you have never been there, don’t think twice. If you have already been there, start thinking of coming back…

Couples: Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Few places like Lanzarote for getting the moon. This island is magic, not just because its fabulous multi-coloured sandy beaches, but the natural beauty of its orography, directly emerging from the depths of the Earth. Lanzarote’s landscape seems to be from another Galaxy, a place where volcanos and ocean meet in such a way that make up a unique colour scheme building the most wonderful history. Sheer cliffs coated by past lava eruptions, vegetation hardly seen over the bare hills like uncharted lunar land, valleys full of deciduous trees, swamps, caves, desert paths…And among one another, small quiet White villages whispering their everyday life histories. Their people and traditions conceal the same calm and relaxed pace. Everything tastes like salt and exotic fruits, spices and sauces. Gastronomy is one of the small treats maintained almost as it was since ancient times and takes your taste back to different eras, destinations and civilisations.

Booking a hotel in Lanzarote is an essential option to be considered for those looking for a romantic getaway, but do not be deluded: a couple getaway has thousands of possibilities in this island. The classic trip for two: idyllic beaches, restaurant by the sea, terraces that seem to have been built to watch the sunset, luxury spa hotels, cosy apartments in the midst of nature…But also the one offering adventure, which invites you to explore every inch of the island, immerse yourself in its forests, get lost in its deserts, climb to the top of its volcanos or venture into the depths of its sea and its lava and fire lands.

Sports are a must in the island. You can enjoy surfing -although it is not as traditional as in Fuerteventura, as we will now see-, diving, sailing, golf, cycling without any hassle. There are companies in the island that provide the necessary equipment and professional guides to accompany us on our adventures. Moreover, hotels and resorts in Lanzarote, especially in touristic areas, provide special services to enjoy leisure and the natural environment at very affordable prices. Lanzarote is a paradise for any budget: transport is economical and comfortable, fully-equipped accommodation at very reasonable rates and flights affordable for anyone who is fortunate enough to book them in advance.

Sports and kids: Fuerteventura

Jandía, Fuerteventura

Jandía, Fuerteventura

It is the most versatile island of the Canary archipelago. A diverse and full of contrasts landscape compared with Lanzarote makes Fuerteventura the perfect destination for those thinking about family holidays or those who want to take a break with friends or partner. It is an excellent destination for everybody, where spending a memorable and unique vacation by simply wishing it. From the famous Dunas de Corralejo to the hotels in Playa de Jandia, where you can enjoy the spectacular beach of Matorral, the natural recovery of which gave all of its beauty back.

Fuerteventura offers everything, from monumental heritage to history, traditional gastronomy, craft, boutiques and typical outdoor markets. The major traveller attraction is the coast, its long sandy beaches and its ideal waves to practice windsurf, the sport of choice in the Canary paradise. International competitions with official rankings take place in Fuerteventura, elected also to host world championships on many occasions, where it is possible to see some of the most famous windsurfers on the planet. Its great climate, with sun and wind makes Fuerteventura the ideal destination for surfing internationally. This had led to the emergence of one of the best service industries, comprising diverse companies and even athletes’ hotels.

But in this surf paradise, children still playing the leading role. Fuerteventura is a family island, full of leisure options particularly aimed at children. It is here where the concept of child friendly hotel has evolved furthest, good examples of this are the child friendly resorts in Jandia with Only Adults spaces reserved for parents to combine family holidays and time for themselves.  Thanks to all these details and services that make this destination offer more versatile, Fuerteventura remains very popular in all Spanish travel agencies and tour operators, over other neighbouring islands. Moreover, its prices are much more affordable compared to other typical sun and beach holiday destinations, and its services are high quality.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: urban attractiveness

Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey

Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey

The capital of Tenerife is the best place for those who want to visit the Canary Islands, but do not want to spend the days resting on a sunbed. Shopping tours, culture for all tastes, gourmet gastronomy, walks through its beautiful avenues, heritage and colonial tradition on every corner, lively atmosphere and friendly and enthusiastic people. Santa Cruz is unknown to most people, even though it is the focus of attention once a year, thanks to its popular Carnaval. Beyond the masks and the queen of the parade, the capital conceals many secrets that delights those who take time to discover them.  In fact, Santa Cruz takes time to visit and tourists coming from hotels in Costa Adeje or similar touristic areas can just spend one day. So why not devote it a full trip…

Some of the best luxury hotels in Tenerife are located in the capital, such as the emblematic  Grand Hotel Mencey, a 5-star hotel that offers the possibility to rest in one of the oldest hotels in Spain, at a praised historical building in the city. Over the years, many celebrities and billionaires around the globe, like Liz Taylor, have stayed at the hotel.  Despite being a luxury hotel, the Mencey is a traditional meeting point for Tenerife residents. If you don’t have the possibility to stay at the hotel, you can take a cooking course organized by its exclusive culinary classroom in Santa Cruz, having dinner in its restaurant or an appetizer at its lounge terrace.

 

Santa Cruz is a luxurious city, but at the same time tied to its people histories, identities and spirits. It is full of places that tell us the story of a humble, friendly town wedded to its historical roots.

Paradise is still open

Are you sad about the ending summer?  Well, it depends on how you look at it. It may be true that you have to get back to school, that your office chair is waiting for you with a sharp look and your computer is begging you to check all those emails that give youheadachejust thinking about it, but it is also true that you can try to ease all that by planning your next holiday. No, it’s not that far, The Pilar festivities are just around the corner and there are some paradise still open for you, to help you forget all your worries.

We have our own, and would like to share with you: Fuerteventura, the quiet island, the most impressive Canarias coast, with its ideal beaches, the waves, the surf, the colourful sunsets, the traditional dishes full of history, the small towns all around the mountains, The perfect paradise to spend a few days in the middle of October and shout that holiday is not over yet. It is always holiday if you want to.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Photos

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Photos

The north of Spain is spectacular, but it depends on the time of the year, so, it is best to no bet and head straight to the south of the country, our destination is that wonderful peninsula called Jandía, a place that used to be an island that, thanks to the Atlantic current, little by little was connected to Fuerteventura through a bigsandarea. This sand line is now one of the most exclusive hotel areas in Fuerteventura: Calma coast, Gaviotas beach, El Matorral until Morro Jable, the marine town sign of south Fuerteventura.

If you’re thinking of your accommodation, best to choose a hotel in Playa Gaviotas or a resort for couples in Jandía. Don’t worry if you’re travelling with children, most hotels in this area offer a variety of services for the little ones, giving the opportunity to whole family to enjoy a couple of days of fun and relax without worries at all.

If you’re travelling alone or with your couple, you should miss a tour to what it used to be the Jandia’s natural park, that covers a large part of the Pájara territory, and italso hideone of the most beautiful beaches in the Canarias: Cofete beach, but be careful, especially if you’re going with children, the sea current and waves are unpredictable in this area of Jandía.

Morro Jable, like we mentioned before, is the meeting point: markets, constant activities, shopping malls, art, restaurants and life itself. In here you can view the fishing boats come and go, the sailors with the fishing nets, and the fish that come from the port straight to the typical bars and restaurants along the coast. There are many events too in this area.

If your hotel is near to Matorral beach, you will enjoy one of the most famous and well preserved sandyarea of south Fuerteventura. Half of it used to be a nudist beach, but the swimsuits havegain terrain, reducing it to a small naturalist beautiful beach. Although, being one of the most extensive beaches, is perfect for a quiet and private dive, away from the crowd and the noise.

This southern area of Fuerteventura has a lot to offer, but it would be better if you start right now to look at it all by yourself, investigate, schedule, organize, plan, and forget all that post-holiday syndrome.

10 Things to do in Tenerife

The island of Tenerife is the most extensive and most populated of the Canary Islands, and perhaps the most desirable island by tourists from the northern hemisphere. Well known for its exceptional climate throughout the year, this island in the Atlantic Ocean has many proposals for you to enjoy a real and authentic holiday.

The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and at the same time it is also the co capital of the Canary Islands, together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Canary Islands are popularly known as the islands of eternal spring. The reason being that the average temperature throughout the year is well above 18ºC.

Fine dining in Tenerife

Fine dining in Tenerife

Bellow you find a list of 10 things to do in Tenerife:

1. Visit the Teide National Park: A World Heritage site and the highest mountain in Spain with an altitude of 3718m

2. Visit the beach of El Medano: It has some special natural protected areas, such as Montaña Roja and Montaña Pelada.

3. Acantilados de los Gigantes: Stunning scenery of the south coast of Tenerife, where the cliffs can reach a height of 500 meters.

4. Manor Houses in Orotava and La Laguna: With typical balconies and patios with amazing wood features.

5. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Its popularity has reached international levels and has been declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.

6. Lucha Canaria and Palo Canario: Both are local sports, which are very popular among the locals.

7. Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing and Kite surfing: Definitely, one of the greatest pleasures in Tenerife is to enjoy the sea and its waters. Known throughout the world for its favourable climate conditions, you can’t visit Tenerife without enjoying some sort of water sport.

8. Hiking: The island has an extensive path and trail network that lets you enjoy a large variety of excursions. It is also very popular the practise of canyoning and rock climbing.

9. Golf: On the island, there are currently 9 golf courses for all levels. Perhaps it is more popular among tourists, but you can’t miss the opportunity to play golf in a volcanic environment.

10. Gastronomy: The Grand Hotel Mencey has some of the best restaurants in Tenerife, highlighting the restaurant Los Menceyes.

Sun and beach during Christmas

While other sun and beach destinations are ending their season, in the Canary Islands are getting reading for their high season. With a perfect climate all year round, these islands of the Atlantic offer services and first class accommodation, as well as endless possibilities and fun activities.

For all those that can not stand the cold and they need a holiday where to enjoy the good weather and outdoor activities, the Canary Islands and more precisely the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is the ideal destination for different reasons.

Los Menceyes Restaurant

Los Menceyes Restaurant

The hotel offer is wide and varied and, if one looks in advance, it is possible to find some really good deals. One of the most popular areas is the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where there is a diverse hotel offer that includes apartments, all inclusive hotels or 5 star hotels.

The weather during the winter months is ideal to practise outdoor activities, such as hiking, visiting the different Nature Parks on the island, or even dare to swim in the ocean. In Tenerife its possible to enjoy the sea and fun water sports such as windsurf, kite surf, sailing or paddle surf… The possibilities are endless and depend exclusively on the traveller.

Another aspect to bear in mind is the local gastronomy. The island has many delicious typical products like the “majonero” cheese or the wines elaborated with the regional grapes of Listan Negro or Negramoll. Some of the best restaurants in Tenerife are located in Santa Cruz, good examples include the Los Menceyes Restaurant or the Bistro by Victor Cruz.

If the aim of the trip is to enjoy some relaxing days and taste the best of the Canarian cuisine, our recommendation is that you stay at the Iberostar Grand Mencey, a well known gastronomic hotel in Tenerife. This hotel mixes luxury and comfort, and they offer a wide range of complementary services such as SPA, cookery classroom and halls for business meetings.

JANDÍA, FROM ISLAND TO PENINSULA

Jandia was originally a small island with no connection to Fuerteventura, a slice of paradise lost in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Today, and after thousands of years of sea currents that contributed to the accumulation of sand between the southern tip of Fuerteventura and Jandia, the island is an incredible natural peninsula where each year many tourists find the perfect place to  find peace and tranquility.

Fuerteventura beaches

Blessed with the perpetual spring weather that characterises the Canary Islands, Jandia offers something different, a unique setting in which luxurious tourist services are perfectly combined with spectacular landscapes and beautiful fishing villages that keep alive the culture and tradition of the this small peninsula.

From Costa Calma to Morro Jable, there is a succession of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters and invite you to let yourself go, forget about time and obligations, immersed in a a sea of relaxation and delicious sea breeze.

Nature Jandía

To enjoy a holiday in this beautiful peninsula, it’s best to book a hotel on the beach, with services tailored to your needs: if you’re travelling as a couple, you will find adult only hotels in Jandia, if, on the contrary, you are travelling with children, an all inclusive hotel in Playa de Jandia with Spa can be the best choice for all.

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has 3 of the major hotels in the area of Fuerteventura, designed for couples and families:

· Hotel Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park

Tenerife, a sun and beach winter

Tenerife is the great winter refuge, an oasis of sun and beach where to rest during the coldest months of the year and enjoy and escapade with your partner or short holidays with the family.

Its mild climate and the beauty of its landscape attract, winter after winter, thousands of european tourists in the search of an eternal summer.

To organise a trip to Tenerife, January and February are the best months to spoil yourself booking at a good price one of the luxury hotels in Costa Adeje, the most exclusive tourist area of the island where to find nature, sport, nightlife and culture, almost without leaving the hotel.

Communications are comfortable, services are complete and the atmosphere in winter is a real luxury: the influx of tourists looking for relaxation and tranquility award a special quiet to this beautiful island.

Among the best hotels in Tenerife that stand out are the renowned 5 star resort in Costa Adeje Iberostar Anthelia, highly valued for its excellent service and facilities, cuisine and special activities for families, the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador, an adults-only hotel Costa Adeje, and the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome, one of the few hotels adults only in Tenerife that are all inclusive.