El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

Why Visit El Cotillo in Fuerteventura?

El Cotillo, in Fuerteventura, is one of the most beautiful coastal villages of the Canary Islands. However, it remains a secret for most visitors.

Among its treasures, you will find its marvelous coves of white sand, a charming village with great restaurants, and ideal beaches for surfing.

In this guide, we listed all you need to know to prepare for your visit to El Cotillo.

Related Read: 25 Awesome Things to See in Fuerteventura

El Cotillo in a Nutshell:

1. Stunning Beaches: El Cotillo boasts some of Fuerteventura’s most beautiful beaches, from the calm lagoons perfect for families to the surf spots.
2. Surfer’s Paradise: With its consistent waves, El Cotillo is a haven for surfers of all levels, offering both challenging breaks and beginner-friendly spots.
3. Tranquil Atmosphere: Unlike the more crowded tourist destinations, this place offers a peaceful retreat where you can truly unwind and connect with nature.
4. Breathtaking Sunsets: El Cotillo is renowned for its spectacular sunsets, which paint the sky in vivid colors, providing a perfect end to the day.

Here is a Sneak Peek:

Things to See in El Cotillo, Fuertventura

1. Explore the village of El Cotillo

El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

Wandering through the village is one of the best things to do in El Cotillo besides its amazing beaches. You can see how it has preserved its fishing tradition over the years: from its small harbor filled with colourful boats to the wharf filled with seafood restaurants.

Every day, the fishermen unload the fish freshly caught, which are then prepared by the many restaurants. Make sure to check out one of them during your visit.

As for the traditional dishes, the puchero canario (Canarian stew) and papas arrugadas with mojo sauce are very popular. Our personal favorite is the grilled grouper served with the Canary potatoes.

What is also interesting to see in El Cotillo, are all the white houses with blue doors. There are also many murals with maritime designs that transform this place into an open-air museum.

2. Visit the beautiful beaches

El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

One of the best-known beaches in El Cotillo is Piedra Playa, also known as Aljibe de la Cueva Beach. Its waves make it popular with water sports enthusiasts such as surfing and kitesurfing. The access is somewhat difficult, but it is worth it to enjoy this beautiful beach (one of our favorites in Fuerteventura).

BOOK: surf lessons in El Cotillo

If you are looking for a real natural paradise, there is a group of coves called Los Lagos with white sand and crystal clear waters, which allows you to snorkel. They are very calm waters since there is a natural reef that surrounds them and protects them from the waves.

El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

The same goes for Los Charcos, which is another set of coves, but this time with the added attraction that from there you can see the Tostón lighthouse. Finally, El Caletón is also ideal for scuba diving thanks to its varied marine life. However, it is best to go at high tide so that the volcanic rocks do not make it difficult to enter the sea.

Finally, next to Los Lagos is La Concha Beach, one of the most famous beaches in El Cotillo. Its sand is extremely fine, its water completely transparent and its location is privileged due to its proximity to several restaurants where you can taste the local gastronomy. Other beaches that can be enjoyed are Águila and Escaleras beaches.

READ: 10 best beaches in Fuerteventura

3. Historical places to visit in El Cotillo

Faro del Tostón in the north of El Cotillo / Fuerteventura

One of the most famous monuments in El Cotillo is the Tostón lighthouse (location). It was built in the 19th century to mark the Strait of Bocaina, which is the strait between the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. It is still in operation and houses the traditional fishing museum (website). For a good sunset, this place is perfect, as it combines the sea, the coves and the lighthouse in one panoramic view.

The Tostón Castle (location), which bears the same name, was built in the 18th century to protect the city from attacks from North Africa, the English and the French. Indeed, the island of Fuerteventura was a strategic point for the trade in cereals, livestock and cochineal. This fortress is a large-diameter circular tower made of gray lava stone.

Finally, you can also see the Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje Church (location), which is the patron saint of El Cotillo. It is a small 17th-century sanctuary whose virgin takes part in two processions during the year. In one of them, the Virgin is transported in decorated boats while remembering those who died at sea.

Cotillo House

What to do in El Cotillo

If you want a modern yet cozy place to stay with an amazing rooftop pool, then without a doubt Cotillo House is the place for you. Besides, the hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the beach. In 1 word: PERFECTO!

El Hotelito del Cotillo

What to do in El Cotillo

For the most charming boutique hotel, book a stay at El Hotelito del Cotillo. This cute place is located just a few minutes from the beach. If you are looking for a place to disconnect and relax, this is it!


El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

El Cotillo is a perfect destination to enjoy the tranquility, the beautiful coves and its rich gastronomy. Without a doubt, a place that everyone should discover on a trip to the Canary Islands.

If you are preparing for your trip to Fuerteventura, you can check out our full guide here. We listed the 25 best things to do on the island.

All our posts about the Canary Islands can be found here.


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