The fishing village of Morro Jable has become one of my favorite places in Fuerteventura, so whenever we visit the island, we set aside a few days to enjoy this coastal community.
In addition to having some of the most interesting attractions in Fuerteventura, Morro Jable offers breathtaking beaches and delicious food. There is also a nice selection of hotels here, so you can find an accommodation to fit your budget.
Despite its small size, you’ll find lots to do here, so to help you plan your visit, I’m sharing the 10 best activities in Morro Jable, as well as the hotels and restaurants I recommend.
1. Matorral Beach, one of the best places to visit in Morro Jable
First, the beaches of Morro Jable are a must-see, especially Matorral Beach. This is considered one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, and its stunning landscapes will take your breath away.
Matorral Beach is about three miles long and is divided into several smaller coves, each with its unique characteristics. Depending on which part of the beach you go to, you can take a relaxing nature walk, check out the beach bars and restaurants in Morro Jable, or rent a beach umbrella and rest on the sand.
If you’re traveling as a group, I recommend going to the southern end of the beach to see the Morro Jable Lighthouse. It’s close to the town center and the promenade, so you can grab a bite to eat afterward. This area is also a popular place to practice watersports, and you can even rent equipment or take surfing lessons here. If the winds aren’t as strong, I recommend signing up for a kayaking or paddle-boarding session.
On the other hand, if you prefer something low-key, consider going to the northern end of the beach, which offers more privacy and wild scenery, as well as nude sunbathing.
2. Morro Jable Lighthouse, an iconic landmark in Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
As I mentioned, Matorral Beach is where you can see the Morro Jable Lighthouse, one of the most iconic landmarks in town. It’s nearly 200 feet tall and, along with guiding ships in the night, it serves as a symbol of Morro Jable, Fuerteventura.
Visiting the lighthouse is one of the best things to do in Morro Jable since you have to walk along the promenade to get there. Once you reach the end, follow the wooden walkway to the base of the lighthouse and admire the impressive views.
My favorite time to come here is at dusk so we can watch the sunset. I suggest spending the day by the beach, then walking to the lighthouse in time to see the sun descend over the horizon; it’s quite magical!
3. Saladar de Jandía, another place to see in Morro Jable
The Saladar de Jandía is a unique place to visit in Morro Jable. It’s a protected natural area just behind Matorral Beach, where you can see a wide variety of bird species and flora. The biodiversity of this place is highly valuable for research and conservation purposes, making it one of the most beautiful spots in town.
Something that stands out about the vegetation here is that it can withstand the constant flooding caused by tidal changes. Over the years, these plants have grown thick leaves, which limit the amount of salt in the water, enabling them to survive in this environment.
Walking through the Saladar de Jandía is a nice thing to do alone or with your partner, but it’s also a cool activity to do in Morro Jable with kids. Just be mindful that you can’t walk freely through the ecosystem; rather, you must stay in the designated areas. These observation areas have binocular viewers and informative panels so you can learn about the different types of birds and scope them out.
4. Whale and dolphin-watching, one of the best things to do in Morro Jable
In addition to its white sand and crystal-clear waters, the beaches of Morro Jable are perfect for seeing whales and dolphins in Fuerteventura. Some of the most popular excursions in Fuerteventura leave from Morro Jable’s port and circle the coast in search of wild cetaceans.
I highly recommend the boat tour we took, which lasted 1.5 hours and included interesting explanations from a naturalist guide. As we sailed along the coast of the Jandía Peninsula, we learned a lot and also saw a large group of dolphins, manta rays, and tropical fish.
The excursion exceeded our expectations, and it was one of my favorite parts of our first trip to Fuerteventura. Of course, keep in mind that these tours can’t make any guarantees that you’ll see cetaceans. The companies have been operating for many years, so they have a very good idea of where to spot whales and dolphins, but these are wild animals with unpredictable movements. If you want the best chance of seeing them, go during the summer.
5. Cofete Beach excursion, something fun to do in Morro Jable
Another beach in Morro Jable that you can’t miss is Cofete Beach. It has the most beautiful natural landscape with pristine sands and wild vegetation, making it one of the best beaches in Spain. Moreover, the beach is surrounded by some of the highest mountains on the island, so it’s a nature lover’s paradise.
Getting to Cofete Beach is a bit tricky since you have to access a dirt road in a more remote area. I recommend either renting an SUV or taking this 4×4 tour. Not only is this beach more isolated, but it’s also 7.5 miles long, so you won’t find too many people here. You’ll have most of the place to yourself, including the incredible views.
Many consider this to be one of the most impressive beaches on the Jandía Peninsula, so it really is worth seeing. In addition to the scenery, there are several nearby attractions and points of interest, such as the town of Cofete and the mysterious Casa Winter. The latter is an old residence shrouded in myths and urban legends dating back to World War II. It looks abandoned, but it’s actually a cool place to learn more about the history of Morro Jable and the island’s inhabitants.
Some other natural wonders you can see here include the Islote de las Siete Viudas (Islet of the Seven Windows) and the Roque del Moro, a colossal rock in the middle of the sea. It’s best to visit at low tide when you can see the magnitude of the rock and any lingering sea creatures.
6. Explore the town of Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
While you’re here, don’t forget to spend some time enjoying the charming town of Morro Jable. It’s easy to get lost in its narrow streets, small shops, and sidewalk cafes. I love that this place still maintains its traditional fishing village atmosphere and that the locals are very friendly.
Something you must do in Morro Jable’s old town is to eat a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants that serve typical Canarian dishes and fresh fish. I’ll share some specific recommendations later on in this guide.
Also, despite its quaint appearance, the town is also home to some of the best nightclubs in Fuerteventura, so you can party and dance the night away. The Morro Jable nightlife scene also includes a variety of pubs and cocktail bars, so you can cap off your night with a drink or two. Also, if you’re here during the summer, check out the town square, which often hosts free concerts.
7. See the port and promenade of Morro Jable’s old town
Being a coastal town, life in Morro Jable revolves around the port. On any given day, you’ll see people docking their boats, hauling in the catch of the day, and venturing out to sea on a sightseeing cruise. The port is also a main point of entry in Fuerteventura and serves as a stop for the ferry from Gran Canaria, so it’s a bustling place full of comings and goings.
While visiting the town of Morro Jable, I suggest taking a walk along the waterfront promenade, where you can listen to the sounds of the sea and local life. This area is dotted with different restaurants and bars, so you can take a break and try some traditional delicacies.
Another cool thing about the promenade is that it leads to the Fobos wind sculpture, which was designed by famous Canarian artist César Manrique. It’s a prized symbol for the people of Morro Jable, and the piece represents the island’s natural spaces and the god of the wind.
8. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a traditional place to visit in Morro Jable
Another iconic place to see in the town of Morro Jable is La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen. This church was founded in 1992 and is one of the most important and popular monuments in the entire town.
Something that draws people to this church is that it’s on top of a hill, giving it a privileged location and incredible panoramic views. From here, you can see all of Morro Jable, Fuerteventura, including its beaches and the port.
While it’s a modern structure, the inside of the church is full of traditional Roman Catholic artwork. Parishioners come here every week for Sunday mass, and many people visit at sunset for the spectacular views.
9. Visit the Sea Turtle Recovery Center, an interesting thing to do in Morro Jable
Something you should know about us is that we love to see animals in their natural habitats, so we don’t go to zoos or aquariums. That said, Morro Jable has an inspiring conservation site that’s dedicated to recovering the Macaronesian tortoise population.
The Sea Turtle Recovery Center works hard to protect this endemic species by transferring turtle eggs from the beaches of the Republic of Cape Verde to Cofete Beach. Over 500 newborn turtles have emerged from this project, and scientists say that this contribution will help considerably in repropagating the species.
The Recovery Center is next to the port in Morro Jable’s old town, and admission is free. During your visit, you’ll learn about the Macaronesian tortoise’s characteristics and behavior, making it a fun thing to do in Morro Jable as a family.
10. Hike the Pico de la Zarza, an outdoorsy thing to do in Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
Another one of the best things to do in Morro Jable is to visit the Pico de la Zarza. This is the highest point on the entire island of Fuerteventura, so it’s an amazing place to see, especially if you enjoy the outdoors.
The Pico de la Zarza route is one of the best hikes in Fuerteventura, and it’s not too difficult, so I recommend it. As you walk along the trail, you’ll find clear signposts and all kinds of colorful landscapes and vegetation. Once you reach the peak at 2,680 feet, you’ll have stunning views of Cofete Beach, Barlovento Beach, and more.
The trailhead is right behind the Hotel Occidental Jandía Mar. If you have a car, you can leave it in the parking lot here, then begin the hike. The total route is 4.3 miles, so it takes around three hours to complete. I recommend doing the hike in the morning, then spending the rest of the day in the refreshing waters at Cofete Beach.
Other beautiful beaches near Morro Jable
We’ve been lucky enough to have visited Morro Jable several times, and we always rent a car in Fuerteventura so we can explore this area on our own schedule. Having our own vehicle also helps us find hidden gems around the island, including some other beautiful beaches in Morro Jable, which I’m sharing below.
First, Sotavento Beach is a must-see during your trip to Morro Jable, Fuerteventura. I think it’s one of the top places in Jandía and a great place to visit during the day or at sunset. The beach has a long stretch of fine sand and a relaxing atmosphere, so it’s a great addition to your itinerary.
Toward the end of the beach, you’ll find impressive dunes, some reaching almost 50 feet high. This area is also a popular place to practice windsurfing, so consider bringing your gear or renting some equipment for your trip.
Esquinzo Butihondo Beach
Another Morro Jable beach that we loved was Esquinzo Butihondo Beach. Along its nearly two miles of coastline, you’ll find small coves where you can sunbathe in total privacy. Plus, thanks to its crescent shape, the beach doesn’t usually get strong winds, so the waves are quite gentle. There are also some beach bars where you can grab lunch or cocktails.
Playa de las Coloradas
Lastly, Playa de las Coloradas is right in front of the port of Morro Jable, so you can’t miss it. Despite its central location, this 650-foot-long cove is calm, quiet and has a sheltered area where nude swimming and sunbathing are allowed.
This beach has a serene environment surrounded by natural beauty, transparent waters, and majestic cliffs. However, there aren’t any services or amenities here, so be sure to bring everything you’ll need with you.
Where to stay in Morro Jable – Best Morro Jable hotels
- Luxury: The Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace is one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Fuerteventura with lovely facilities and a variety of dining options. Also, there are not many 5-star hotels in Fuerteventura, so this is a great option.
- Mid-price: For an alternative hotel in Morro Jable, check out the Apartamentos Matorral. These are the most popular apartments in Fuerteventura, and offer plenty of space for those traveling with friends or family.
- Budget: The Apartamentos Palm Garden has some of the most comfortable rooms and apartments in Jandia at a great price, so I recommend it if you need something cheap.
Where to eat in Morro Jable – Best Morro Jable restaurants
As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of restaurants in Morro Jable that are worth trying, although these are my top recommendations:
First, La Laja is just a short walk from the port of Morro Jable and offers beautiful views of the Majorera coast. It has delicious Mediterranean dishes and fresh seafood, so I’m sure you’ll love it. Another place that I really liked was La Farola de Mar, where you can dine al fresco and enjoy the sound of the sea. It also serves amazing seafood and fish, as well as a variety of high-quality meats.
Finally, La Bodega de Jandía is one of the most traditional restaurants in Fuerteventura. It’s also very popular, so I suggest reserving a table in advance. The service is top-notch, and the owner is usually here, greeting diners and sharing stories. Also, the tapas we ordered were some of the most delectable I’ve ever tried.
Map of Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
That’s it for the best things to do in Morro Jable, but before you go, download this map with all the must-see attractions and hotels.
In addition to that map of Morro Jable, you may also want to check out our other tourist maps of Fuerteventura. This way, you can see more specific areas, which will help you plan your trip around the island.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the town of Morro Jable and all that it has to offer. If you have any questions or you’d like to share your experience visiting one of the best Canary Islands, feel free to leave me a comment below. Have an amazing trip!