Traditional cuisine of Jandia, a sea-flavoured pleasure

The typical and traditional cuisine in Jandia is essentially made of sea products, result of an historic link that, even with less force and dependence, keeps closely defining the economy of this southern area in Fuerteventura.  Eating in this area is very affordable and the quality of dishes is usually high, especially in the restaurants closest to the harbours in the towns.

Precisely, this peninsula in the south of Fuerteventura boasts some of the most emblematicfishing villages of the island, such as Morro Jable, located in one of the most amazing seaboards in the Canary Islands.

Hotel with restaurante in Jandia Beach

Here you will find many of the best restaurants offering fresh fish and shellfishes from Fuerteventura. Although you can always find in their menus traditional dishes such as gofio, papas arrugás and sancocho, the specialities are usually linked to this fishing tradition that can still be felt in its streets and which feeds on its harbour: fish barbecues, rice with shellfish, fresh fried fishes…

Restaurants such as La Laja and La Cofradia, in the Morro Jable harbour, use so traditional products such as the tuna salad, the octopus and the most requested, the trays with small fried fishes costing around 10 Euros.

The most usual fishes in the south of Fuerteventura are the vieja or the parrotfish, the Moray eel, and the grouper (with which is made a delicious stew in this area). The shellfish and octopus are usually more expensive, but even so, its freshness and quality are worth it. As accompaniment, restaurants always bet on cooked or steamed potatoes, or salads.

Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

Soups and stocks, despite the warm weather, also appear in the menu. Nevertheless, they use to be light and made of simple products, always conceived as the first course. Desserts are less surprising, even so, it is very interesting to taste the predominant type of fruit –almost always exotic, such as the papaya and mangos– and it is always important to try at least one time the classic frangollo made of goat milk, very typical in the south of Fuerteventura.

If you stay in a hotel next to the Jandia beach or in Morro Jable, do not hesitate to combine the food of the restaurant of your hotel in Fuerteventura with a dinner outside and savour some of these delicious proposals. To get right, the best thing is to go with the flow, to nibble in some pub and take advice from the restaurant staff: they are the experts.