Resort Guides

VirginSituated on the northwest corner of Fuerteventura, El Cotillo is a peaceful place but it offers some good restaurants, bars, a few shops and more recently, lots of new accommodation.

Pronounced 'El Coateeyo', El Cotillo is a small rustic little fishing village is dedicated to the virgin of good travel (Virgin de Buen Viaje) these words can be seen painted on the cliffs in the old harbour near the statue of the woman looking out to sea.

Like it or not, El Cotillo is quite a tourist resort on the island. The main reason for this has to be the fantastic surfing beaches that lie to the south of this little harbor town, and the lagoons, to the north, which provide reasonably safe bathing for all the family.








 If you turn left as you head into Cotillo you head towards the cliffs and for those that remember Torino's Beach Bar that was by the lagoons this is their new location. From here there are several footpaths that lead down to the Playa del Castillo, one of the nicest beaches in this region. Further to the south are the beaches of Playa del Ajibe de la Cueva and the Playa del Aguila, both wild and remote. Here you'll find nothing but steely blue sky, dark blue ocean with white foam, and fine white sand. This is truly the surfing and windsurfing Mecca of the island.








Even during the winter, life is tranquil here but there are ocasions when the swell can be so huge that the waves break over the new El Cotillo harbour wall. These monster waves have even been known to sink some of the small fishing boats that are moored there. Many experienced surfers head to the beaches of El Cotillo and those between El Cotillo and Corralejo because of these conditions. The best advice here is to only enter the water if the waves are reasonably gentle-looking. This is normally during the summer months. If it's windy, (a lot of the time it is!) there are several nice places for sheltered sunbathing between the lava stones.


The area along the cliff tops is really only suited for four-wheel-drive vehicles which can easily travel along the rough roads. If you've hired a normal car you can visit the Toston Tower, where they often hold exhibitions of artists work or historical artifacts, this round shaped fort was built in the late 1790's to defend against invading pirates.


For a family day out swimming and sunbathing you'd be best to turn right in the town and head towards the lagoons.








Most of these superb white beaches with crystal clear lagoons have pedestrian access. Unless you are going to eat at one of the superb fish restaurants, don't forget to bring food along with you and of course, plenty of drinking water. The sun is very fierce so it is recommended that you take a parasol or some other form of shade with you if you plan to stay for the whole day.



If you continue past the lagoons, to the north, you will come to the Faro - lighthouse. There is a Fishing museum housed in the lighthouse and a 4km trail marked out so that you can see some of the local features of the area.



The old harbor, with its small bars and restaurants, is the most picturesque part of town and it is here you'll find the Blue Cow restaurant, a great place to dine and see the sun set over the sea.


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