Hello my dears,
Tine is writing to you again today.
Since we want to make our blog colorful and lively, we would like to talk to you next to the tips about surfing in the future with delicious recipes, environmental topics, good advice, travel tips, funny stories and views.
Today we introduce you to the place where our surfcamp is located and which we now call second home - Morro Jable.
Morro Jable is located in the southeast of Fuerteventura and belongs to the municipality Pajara.
The entire district of Pajara offers a home to about 20,000 people, of whom about 5,000 live in Morro Jable.
5,000 people - which you meet at the colorful festivals in the village and of which one knows quite a few personally.
Tourism has only been a main industry in the southern communities of the island for a few decades. Looking at old photos of the place, one is amazed at the change that has taken place in a relatively short time. You can find these pictures in many local bars and restaurants, for example: "La Strada", "La Saavedra", "La Laja" or in the small bar in Cofete.
Not so long ago, Morro Jable was a small collection of cottages and simple stone houses with a dusty road from the hill to a beach of fishing boats.
Today, this dusty street is a small pedestrian area and some of the houses at the very beginning are still the old fishermen's houses that once founded the place.
Now you can see mothers with prams, laughing locals, children playing, surfers with the board under their arm (on the way to our homespot Cruz Roja).
Attention is required if the young people in the village use the hilly terrain to drive the small mountain from the church tower with the skateboard towards the sea :)
At this point I would like to take you on a short walk through the village:
Our walk starts at the beginning of the pedestrian zone. That the walk will not last forever, you know, basically, when you start running up: The sea is in sight and thus the tempting end of the path, but a second look and another walk away is worthwhile.
Today you will find all the shops for daily needs in Morro Jable. In addition to such necessary things as pharmacy, post office, police, bank, hairdressers (yes, there are several, but only one is really great "Pelus", where the super-sympathetic Noemi conjures up a brisk hairstyle), a great supermakakt and many small grocery stores (open until well into the night) - there is also a small health food store, some boutiques and the "China shops" compulsory in Spain. Here you get such useful things as umbrellas, plastic fruit, mirrored "Ray Berry" glasses, cups, vests and more. :)
At the very end of the pedestrian area you will find the small and beautiful beach promenade of Morro Jable with two ice cream parlors, some bars and restaurants, as well as small boutiques where you can buy the little colorful beach panties or the forgotten shovel.
The Aloe Vera Shop sells high-quality creams and lotions from the natural product, many of which could fill another blog article. The price for the aloe products is slightly higher, but they are guaranteed to be organically grown and not stretched with other additives.
Arriving at the beach, the first restaurant of the promenade (the "La Laja") is the place with probably the most beautiful sea view Morro Jables. If you go here a little bit in the next lane you are in front of the "La Farola del Mar", a little off the beaten track with delicious Italian-South Tyrolean cuisine.
The church of Morro Jable "Nuestra Senora del Carmen", built in 1992, is situated on a small cliff above the beach promenade. It is illuminated in the evening. There is another church about the height of the hotel "XQ Palacete", built in 1948 Eremita de San Miguel.
Speaking of Nuestra Senora del Carmen: In my opinion the most beautiful Canarian folk festival of the year.
Of course, it also has a serious background, because the Nuestra Senora del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen. At the final procession, the statue of the patron saint is carried through the village and driven by boat to the sea. Every ship, fishing boat, excursion boat and even the smallest of cutters are adorned with colorful pennants on this day and sail along the coastline from the harbor in full festival gear.
Tip: Get a ticket for a ride on one of the excursion boats, for example Pedra Sartana or the Magic.
If you do not succeed, make sure you stand on the beach and watch this beautiful and unique spectacle of the country. Incidentally, the festival goes on for about 10 days and traditionally takes place in mid-July.
Another important festival of the year is the Carnival, which takes place between the end of February and the end of March. Again, the whole place lives on and before and after the annual final parade may be celebrated and danced in the large marquee in the harbor.
Back to our tour.
The view from the church on the place is beautiful and probably the best place is to the left of the church in the small, round place, on whose railing often couples with padlocks swear eternal love.
You can either go downhill again and see again the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, swim, snorkel, shop or indulge in culinary delights, or you can continue on with me up to the harbor.
In the street "Los Atolladeros" a small natural stone path leads down to the left hand.
In the harbor there are in addition to the ferries of the companies "Fred Olsen" and "Armas" also one or the other small fishing boat and one or the other sailing yacht to admire. The harbor itself is not very luxurious, snobby boys in sailing sneakers and with Sylter Kringel one searches in vain. But one finds but robust authentic fishermen; who deliver their freshly caught fish for consumption in the "Cofradia" (the large restaurant in the port). Accompanied by the cries of seagulls circling around the trawlers.
To the departure and arrival times of the ferries to and from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria prevails in the port bustle.
Tip: Bay a day trip to the neighboring island of Gran Canaria or an exit on one of the various excursion boats.
Another highlight in the harbor is the turtle station, which can be visited from Monday to Friday between 10 and 13:00 in the harbor. In large and small tanks injured animals are re-fed and prepared for their release.
We walk a little further.
Past the dry dock of the fishing boats, along the second harbor basin, by the way you can safely snorkeling and swimming, you come to the beach "Playa de las Mujeres"
Mostly you are alone there - tourists rarely get lost on this beach.
Attention: The beach was recently closed due to falling stones. If you keep an eye on what is happening over you can safely sit in some places and, of course, swim in moderate swell.
Important safety information for swimming:
Often dangerous currents are not recognizable from the land. Everywhere, swimming is at your own risk. Never swim alone on the west coast of the island.
Do you not flow into a current against the current, but remove yourself horizontally and swim elsewhere on land. Often a few meters are enough.
And again I strayed a bit ...
Morro Jable offers many small and especially very nice corners. From here you can also take an off-road bus to Cofete or "Punta de Jandia", the southwestern point of the island.
I could go on and on about our little paradise in the Atlantic, but come by and have a look at it yourself. I watch my two children run down the sand dune next to Morro Jable. Yipieeee :)
To you very soon