Between the beach and the mountain
The park occupies the greater part of the peninsula of Jandía, forming a body which is independent from the rest of the insular orography. Taken together, Jandía forms a landscape which is almost intact, full of highly valuable natural elements to the point where it represents one of the most valuable and unique examples of Canary nature.
Jandía Nature Reserve is situated in the township of Pájara, on the island of Fuerteventura. The park is a land of contrasts. The dune landscape of the La Pared Isthmus seems almost hidden by the sands, although some hillocks can be made out, emerging from them.The sands end at the Valley of Pecenescal and the landscape has a completely different appearance. On the northern slopes Pico de la Zarza stands out, it being the highest point above sea level (807 m.). The southern slopes of this great mountain arc are gentler and broader, with hills, crests and valleys. The majority of the most representative plant formations of Fuerteventura live in this space. As we go up the coast, 'tabaibales' (old areas not covered by recent lava and in which vegetation abounds) appear and upon reaching the summits, the scrubland stands out. Plant species which are noteworthy due to their uniqueness appear in its crags. As for the fauna, its ornithological value is significant: kestrels, stonechats, Houbara bustards, broad-winged hawks, Egyptian vultures, etc. The lizards, golden skinks and 'perenquenes' (tarentola mauritánica) are also representative of the park. The fauna is complemented by a wide range of invertebrates, especially insects.
What you need to know
In the town of Pájara it is possible to find vestiges of the aboriginal culture of these lands: dry stone houses and caves, used as residences, and cattle-breeding structures belonging to the ancient inhabitants of the island.
Its flora and fauna includes abundant endemisms, endangered species and protected species. It is also the habitat of some exclusive bird species.