Jandía´s Salt Marsh

Slope
7 m.

Duration
1 hour and 30 minutes

Distance
5,1 km.

Difficulty
Avegare difficulty.

On the southern tip of Fuerteventura, behind one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands, there is a large area covered with a dense tapestry of dark green vegetation. It si the salt marsh of El Matorral or Jandía, the largest in the Canary Islands and the only one included in the demanding list of the Ramsar Agreement, protected under the figure of Site of Scientific Interest.

This space includes 115.6 hectares, occupying a coastal strip of just over two kilometers long and a maximum width of about 500 meters.

Due to the flow of the tides it is periodically flooded, reaching its maximum level of waterlogging in the autumn and spring equinoxes (live tides). It houses an important representation of the habitat of saladar. Its floristic richness together with its potential value as a breeding, breeding and refuge area for migratory and marine birds, gives it a high scientific value.

Circular route

For conservation reasons it is forbidden to go directly into the Salt marsh , something that is otherwise difficult due to the density of vegetation and the muddy muddy soil. However, there are several ways to appreciate the values ​​of this space. Our route proposes to surround it in its entirety.

The route departs from the southeast end of the Salt marsh, next to the beach, from where we will border the space, always walking along the wooden fence that delimits the protected space. Arriving near the hotels that are in the western limit of the saladar we can go to the avenue and return by the pedestrian path to the starting point, mostly adorned by a beautiful tree-lined avenue of Canary palm trees. During the walk we will have passed close enough to most of the most characteristic native plants. We will also have been able to observe interesting birds that we must respect and not disturb or frighten, because they need a lot of tranquility.

Those who do not have time or desire to make the complete route can get a good overview of the saladar from the wooden walkway that serves as access to the beach, crossing from the avenue towards the lighthouse.