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Jeanne QuigleyGetting over to Cofete village and beach has always been a bit of a struggle unless you have a four-wheeled drive vehicle. The beach is one of the island’s most beautiful and despite the water not being safe for swimming (due to high winds and strong currents), is becoming very popular. But getting there means driving over the most inhospitable of mountains on a small, stony, winding track. Some visitors listen to advice and hire a four-wheeled drive car; others are foolhardy enough to take their small rented cars.

 

 BusLast October, Fuerteventura’s bus company, Tiadhe, got a 22-seater four-wheeled drive bus and began a new route bringing visitors to Cofete and to Faro de Jandia. Apparently, the bus was used when the filming of Exodus took place the previous year and the local government bought it.

There are two departures daily from the ‘bus station’ (the side of the road) in Morro Jable, the most southern town on the island – 10.00 and 14.00. When the service began, the route was Faro de Jandia first and then over the mountain to Cofete. This has been reversed, going directly to Cofete so giving visitors more time there. Leaving Morro Jable, the bus goes to the harbour, then back along the road to where a wooden signpost pointing left says Cofete.

Snakeing RoadAfter a few miles driving along this flattish, winding and very dusty track it turns off Mountain Jandiaonto an even smaller track that snakes up the mountain. This is quite scary (but then aren’t lots of the mountain roads on the island?) as there are continuous hairpin bends. And no side barriers! There’s a look-out at the top but the bus doesn’t stop here.

 

Beach ViewHowever, even with an experienced driver, its progress is pretty slow as you begin the descent so you get a great view of the beautiful, kilometres-long Cofete beach in the distance to the left. There’s scrub land and the brooding mountains of Jandia to the right.

 

Villa Winter

 

During World War 11, General Franco gave this area to Hitler. As the bus descends you can get a good view of Villa Winter set into the hillside on the right. Built in 1937, this large house was the focal point of German activity during the war. Rumours abound about Villa Winter – it’s said that Hitler intended to come here after the war for some plastic surgery.

 

 Cofete village very much resembles a shanty town and few people live here permanently; the track is still the only means of entering and leaving the tiny village and the beach. Food

There’s just one café in the village but the food is excellent. It’s about a ten-minute walk to the golden sandy beach.

But keep an eye on the time for the return bus– this is not a place to get stranded.

Bus fare costs €2.50 each way.

Jeanne Quigley

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