How to get to Cofete? What to see in Cofete beach? Is Cofete good for swimming? In this post we explain all you need to know about THE most amazing beach in Fuerteventura. The ONE ! The SPECTACULAR ! The WILDEST: Cofete beach !
If you ever visit Fuerteventura, make sure to add Cofete on top of your list of things to see on the island. Cofete is the most beautiful beach in Fuerteventura, well even in the Canary Islands and perhaps one of the most amazing beaches in the world!
However, getting there is not too easy. Hence read this guide to prepare for your trip to Cofete.
If you are traveling to Fuerteventura you might also be interested to read the 25 best things to do on the island here.
Here is a glimpse of what to expect during a visit of Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura
So here is all you need to know about visiting Cofete in Fuerteventura.
WHAT TO SEE IN COFETE?
Cofete, without a doubt is the crown jewel of Fuerteventura.
A 12km long pristine beach
Besides a paradise of peace and tranquility, Cofete beach is a sight which you will never forget. There aren’t many places where you can feel as free as here. Indeed Playa Cofete is about 12 kilometers long. So you are likely to find absolutely no one if you want a piece of beach for yourself.
Spot the highest mountain in Fuerteventura
Besides the amazing beach, you can also see the highest mountain in Fuerteventura reaching 807m called Pico de la Zarza. When you first reach Cofete, make sure to stop at the viewpoint here. You can take amazing shots of the beach and Pico de la Zarza. This is probably when you will agree that this beach is one of the most amazing one in the world!
You can also find Cofete village which is just a few houses and 1 restaurant. Some people still live in Cofete, which feels like being at the end of the world.
Ok this might not be the most glorious things to visit during your holiday, but this place is quite unique nevertheless. Locals living in Cofete built this cemetery in the nineteenth century in order to avoid getting the dead bodies back to the city by camel.
Be sure to also visit Casa Winter, which is legendary for having served the Nazis at some points during World War II. Sounds crazy! But yes we did not made that up. The villa was built in 1937 by Gustav Winter, a German engineer who lived in Fuerteventura for fifteen years. However, this place is full of mysteries and legends. Indeed, it was apparently a hideout for the Nazis !!?
Make a detour to check out Faro punta de Jandia
On your way back from Cofete, you can make a little detour to Faro punta de Jandia. There you will see a nice lighthouse. You will feel at the end of the world. This is a perfect spot to watch the waves and chill in Fuerteventura. On low tide there are nice pools in the rocks for swimming.
Cofete is undoubtedly one of the best places in the Canary Islands to get lost and disconnect!
HOW TO GET TO COFETE IN FUERTEVENTURA?
All good things must be earned. This sentence has never been so true when getting to Cofete.
Cofete is located southwest of Fuerteventura in the Jandia Natural Park in Pajara. There is only 1 road (which is not really a road, completely unpaved) to get to Cofete. The starting point is from Morro Jable. However, you have few options to get there safely:
Getting to Cofete by car
If you rent a car (like we did), then you can drive to Cofete by yourself. Now, be aware that to get to Cofete from Morro Jable it will take about 1 hour driving through a terrible unpaved road.
This is why getting to Cofete must be earned. In all our posts about Fuerteventura, we strongly recommend to rent a SUV or 4×4 when visiting the island. Many roads are totally unpaved in Fuerteventura. Check out the best deals for car rentals here.
As no one gave us this great advice before, we rented the cheapest car possible and got the cutest Fiat 500. We were so happy to get this car until we reached our first unpaved road in Fuerteventura. We quickly understood our mistake! hahah
Not only that, but we then we read that many rental companies wouldn’t insure any accident if it happened on an unpaved road. Good that we read about this after returning the car, as otherwise we might have reconsidered about driving to Cofete.
Well, if you just rented your small car and you are wondering if you should drive by yourself to Cofete, know that it is totally possible. We made it safe and sound without a scratch or flat tyre with a Fiat 500. And we weren’t the only one. Just take it super slow.
If you prefer not to risk it, read the next part:
Getting to Cofete by bus
There is a special 4×4 bus Line 111 (we never saw this kind of cool 4×4 bus before), leaving from Morro Jable.
The bus depart from Morro Jable at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day. It will return from Playa Cofete at 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM.
Don’t miss it though, otherwise you need to hitch hike to get back, sleep on the beach, or hike all the way back (~3 hours).
To check more details about the bus to Cofete, here is their official website.
Joining a tour to visit Cofete
For the total hassle-free and peace-of-mind experience, you can also decide to join a tour or hire a drive with a Jeep to get you there safely. We highly recommend this tour.
You will get picked-up at your hotel in the morning, and drive with a Jeep all the way to Cofete. Then you will visit Casa Winter, go for a swim and eat at a local restaurant in El Puertito. Don’t hesitate, you can book this tour directly here.
When you finally made your way to Cofete, the first thing you will want to do is head straight to the beach.
This golden and fine sand beach is absolutely stunning. As for us, we brought our own lunch, and decided to eat right on the beach. One of the most memorable picnic we did in Fuerteventura.
We then spent the entire day by the beach. We walked for about 1 hour from the parking lot and we were completely alone. Only a few goats were roaming not far in the mountains behind us.
Now swimming in Cofete can be a bit dangerous due to the strong current. We went for a quick dip, but we were extremely careful. If you are not a good swimmer, then restrain from going into the water in Cofete.
Location of the parking: here
Visit the mysterious Casa Winter
From the beach of Cofete, you will see this isolated house in the middle of the mountain, called Casa Winter. There is only 1 house, you will spot it straight away. So far so good…
The villa was built in 1937 by Gustav Winter, a German engineer who lived in Fuerteventura for fifteen years. However, this place is full of mysteries and legends. Indeed, it was apparently a hideout for the Nazis !!?
This is the main legend around this house: it would have served as a base for SS submarines, which would have used its tower as a beacon. But not only: it is famous for hiding tunnels in the mountains and in its basements.
Besides, you will also find a bunker and a room resembling a very scary old hospital. Worthy of a real spy novel!
The most astonishing legend about Casa Winter is that after the second world war ended, some Nazis came to Villa Winter for a plastic surgery in order to change their face before fleeing to South America so that no one will find them.
Some also says that Hitler visited this place during the war and brought people from concentration camps to work on the extension of the villa.
If you like this kind of legends, you can actually visit the villa. There is a road that leads directly there.
Opening hours: 10AM–2PM and 3PM – 5PM
Check out the lighthouse at Punta de Jandia
On your way back from Cofete, you can make a little detour to Faro punta de Jandia. There you will see a nice lighthouse. You will feel at the end of the world. This is a perfect spot to watch the waves and chill in Fuerteventura.
On low tide there are nice pools in the rocks for swimming.
There is also a small village nearby with a few restaurants. There is another beach right in front of the village called Playa el Puertito, usually a great place for swimming.
Useful Information about Cofete
Duration: at least half day trip
Opening hours: 24h
Services: there is 1 restaurant in Cofete serving fresh local food. It is usually quite full around noon. Location.
Where to stay near Cofete?
If you are couple, this is probably the best place to stay in Fuerteventura. It is only located 20min away from Morro Jable, which makes it very convenient to also visit Cofete. Costa Calma is famous for its amazing beach.
This is the closest place to stay near Cofete. Morro Jable is popular for families or retirees. You will find all you need in Morro Jable and it’s mostly flat, which makes it very easy to walk around. In Spain we love the Iberostar chain hotel.
We only had fantastic experience in their hotels. At Morro Jable they have a stunning palace facing the sea. It’s beautiful. You can book it here.
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