Picturesque Playa de Esquinzo 2019 / 2020
A quiet, purpose-built resort on the stunning southern coast of Fuerteventura, Playa de Esquinzo boasts fabulous beaches and easy access to the rugged peaks of the Jandía nature reserve. There is a good choice of accommodation here, including plenty of all-inclusive options, and it’s become a favourite with couples and families looking for a relaxing holiday by the sea. The charming town of Morro Jable, a former fishing village that has become one of the largest resorts on Fuerteventura, is just 15 minutes away by car, and boasts plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Inland, you’ll find stunning hikes and amazing viewpoints in the Jandía nature reserve, a beautiful mountainous region that covers much of this southernmost tip of the island.
Holiday-makers return time and time again to Playa de Esquinzo for its gorgeous beaches, heavenly sunshine, and laid-back appeal. It’s the perfect place to come with the family or your partner and recharge your batteries. You can chill out by the hotel pool, stroll along the unspoilt beaches, snorkel or take dip, and tuck into some of the island’s distinctive cuisine at the local taverns. If you fancy a change of pace, hop on the bus for Morro Jable, a former fishing village which has developed into a sizeable resort without sacrificing any of its original charm. It’s got plenty of shopping, bars and nightlife to keep you busy if you’re in the mood for some bright lights.
Playa de Esquinzo is a small, recent development, which is centred around large hotel and apartment complexes. Most visitors stay at the excellent all-inclusive hotels that are clustered here, which offer guests a choice of restaurants and bars. If you prefer to dine outside the hotel, you’ll find a few options in Playa de Esquinzo itself, with plenty more in nearby Morro Jable, which is easily accessed by the convenient bus. Don’t miss the chance to try typical Canarian delicacies such as freshly grilled seafood, papas arrugadas (the famous ‘wrinkly potatoes’) which are usually served with mojo sauce: choose between the delicate green sauce, flavoured with herbs, or the piquant red sauce, with peppers and chilli.
Playa de Esquinzo is an ideal destination for a relaxed family holiday in the sun. The beautiful beach, with its golden sand and shallow waters, is perfect for even the youngest children, with all the facilities you need – such as sunbed rental and beach kiosks – for a stress-free holiday. Older kids and teens will appreciate the water sports available, which include everything from wind-surfing and kayaking to snorkelling and scuba-diving. Most hotels here are all-inclusive, and have special kid’s entertainment programmes plus handy extras such as babysitting services. The pretty town of Morro Jable, a short hop away on the bus, has lots of cafés and more great beaches. There’s also a little turtle sanctuary, which rescued injured loggerhead sea turtles, that animal-loving kids might enjoy.
Action & Adventure
This stretch of coast is famous for its fabulous beaches and fantastic choice of water sports. You can enjoy a whole range of aquatic activities, from paddle-boarding and kayaking to snorkelling and scuba-diving. One of the best diving sites, suitable for all levels, is El Veril Grande, a huge stone wall which attracts an amazing array of marine life. There are plenty of local suppliers that can arrange courses, rent out equipment and organise dives. Much of the southern tip of Fuerteventura is covered by the Jandía nature reserve, a swathe of dramatic volcanic peaks that are a paradise for walkers and climbers.
The beach in Playa de Esquinzo is a stunning swathe of golden sand and volcanic rocks. It stretches for almost two miles, so you’re sure to find a quiet corner even in the height of summer. (Note that there are some sections which are popular with nudists.) The fine sand and shallow waters make it ideal for families with young children, and there is a handful of beach bars for drinks, snacks and ice-creams. There are excellent facilities available, including sun loungers and parasols for rent, as well as places offering water sport equipment hire if you fancy renting out kayaks or paddle-boards. The southern coast of Fuerteventura is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and you’ll find plenty more golden strands stretching all the way down to Morro Jable and beyond.
As much of the accommodation in Playa de Esquinzo is in the all-inclusive hotels, you can be sure that you’ll find a great choice of entertainment provided for you by the in-house teams. Outside of the hotels, the pace is low-key and relaxed. You could sit at one of the beach bars and enjoy a drink or two as the sun sets. If you fancy something a little more lively, head into nearby Morro Jable which has a good choice of bars and clubs – although Fuerteventura is more of a chill-out island than a party hotspot.
Perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed and romantic holiday by the sea, Playa de Esquinzo has a gorgeous beach, and a great selection of hotels, many of which are all-inclusive. Wonderfully peaceful, it’s handily located next to the larger town of Morro Jable, a charming old fishing town with plenty of cafés and restaurants. The endless beach is long enough for you to find a secluded corner just for the pair of you. There are lots of water sports available, if you fancy paddle-boarding or scuba diving, or you could head inland to the stunning peaks of the Jandía nature reserve for some hiking or a romantic picnic.
There are few cultural sights in the quiet and sparsely populated southern corner of Fuerteventura, which is best known for its spectacular landscapes and glorious beaches. But the neighbouring town of Morro Jable, a pretty former fishing village that is now a charming resort, hosts lots of cultural activities and festivals which are always fun for visitors. One of the best of these is the Cultural Week held at the end of August, when you can enjoy outdoor concerts and other performances, and tuck into traditional food at the street stalls. Other popular events include the beer festival held in November and the fabulous ‘Night of the Volcanoes’, dedicated to Fuerteventura’s stunning volcanic landscape, which is held at the end of September.