El Jable: Much More than Sand
The word “jable” is thought to stem from the French word “sable”, sand; however, the jable that concerns us is not mineral in origin, but animal, as it is the result of a vast number of ground seashells. These are blown by trade winds into the island, transported from Famara Beach to the area of Guacimeta.
Learning about this sand is to immediately fall in love and discover a new world. Its dryland agriculture is based in the farming properties of this organogenic sand: it provides great quantities of nutritious contents, keeps the soil humid and maintains its temperature, stops evaporation, eases filtration, and prevents runoffs. Here you can watch and learn how to farm sweet potatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, and cantaloupes in the sand.
Come to the Corredor de El Jable and discover, thanks to his Club’s authorised companies, he steppe birds that live in this area, which is include in the SPA of Lanzarote’s Northern Isles and the Famara Cliffs (Red Natura 2000). Live an experience of ornithological tourism (birdwatching) as if you were in a desert, discovering that which is apparently hidden.
The area of El Jable is perfect for hiking with an interpretation of the landscape, where our local guides will lead you through new sensations: indigenous villages buried by the sand; flora and fauna adapted to limited rainfall and high temperatures; places of geological interest…
Taste the local gastronomy, discover cheese factories and restaurants that surround this place, and ask for the cheeses, El Jable’s dry-farmed sweet potatoes, Soo’s melons and watermelons, and baby potatoes. Talk to the locals living in the nearby towns (Soo, Tao, Caleta de Famara, Teguise…) and discover why this is a place of special interest, the rewards of farming in such a difficult soil, and why the jable is not just sand, but gold.
¡Ayúdanos a conservar este espacio único!
¡Ven y descúbrelo!
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Recomendamos consultar la web de El Jable de Arriba
El Jable en la Red de Senderos turísticos y recreativos de Lanzarote
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Participa y colabora con el Proyecto de voluntariado Desert Watch