All in all, El Cotillo is one of the prettiest town of Fuerteventura North, you will be sure to fall in love with the authenticity...
El Cotillo Fuerteventura is a beautifully preserved fisherman’s village, with some of the most stunning beaches of Fuerteventura. The Cotillo old Harbor and town are home to some of the best fish restaurants on the island. Its location, on the Fuerteventura West Coast, make it an absolute must to enjoy the sunset after a day discovering the north of the island. In this guide to El Cotillo Fuerteventura we will give you all our local tips about the best beaches, best restaurants, best sights…
Cotillo is home to some of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. Indeed, it caters to everyone and we listed, for you, our favorites:
A long stretch of beach surrounded by cliffs and easily accessible by car or by foot from the Cotillo center. This beach is really famous for surfing and kitesurfing,especially in winter as it enjoys the western and northern swells.
This is one of the most instagramable beach in Fuerteventura, its turquoise and warm water, stunning white sand and semi-circular shape really make it a unique and must-see beach in Fuerteventura.
You will need a car to reach this gem of a beach, a short 10 minute dirt road ride away from the Cotillo Center. This beach is surrounded by high black cliffs and accessed by steep stairs dug out of the cliff’s face.
There are more magnificent Cotillo Beaches, check our guide to the best beaches in Fuerteventura for more information.
Surf in el Cotillo is a religion, there are plenty of surf shops and surf lessons available. We also offer surf lessons at Surfescape where we take you to the best surf spots everyday, so we will take you to surfing El Cotillo if the conditions are good. There are also lagoons that are perfect for learning kitesurfing whilst the experts will love surfing the big waves of the beach break when swell and wind combine.
El Cotillo being on the very north-western tip of Fuerteventura, the Toston Lighthouse was built to warn ships about the dangers of the rocky coast. It is well worth having a look at this lighthouse and walk around the surrounding area. Indeed, a few hundred meters away sits a beautiful lagoon! Come at high tide to discover this magnificent natural pool.
The lighthouse is a short car ride away from the town, otherwise you can decide to hike there.
What are the best restaurants el Cotillo? The town is famous for its fish restaurants overlooking the old Harbor. El Cotillo is a fishing town and therefore home to some of the best fish restaurants in Fuerteventura. For you, we’ve named some of our favorites:
An absolute favorite for us, they really focus on seafood, you’ll have a great view of the old town and the seafront. They have two outdoor terraces and the staff is really caring and passionate.
The most famous restaurant in El Cotillo and definitely one of the best. Better make a reservation beforehand if you want to enjoy some of the best seafood in Fuerteventura.
It has everything you’d want if you had a dream local seafood restaurant in mind. The views, the taste, and the reasonable bill.
El Cotillo stands out in comparison with places like Corralejo because it has been completely spared from mass tourism and holiday resorts. The town really has a local feel, with traditional white fishermen’s houses and a beautiful old harbor in the middle of it. Take your time to stroll around the tiny alleys, discover the local and artistic shops in the city center. Moreover, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants surrounding the harbor, that make for a perfect break at the end of the day.
We know, we already presented some of the most iconic beaches in el Cotillo, but we think that playa de Esquinzo is in a category of its own. Indeed, its one of the crowd’s favorite for enjoying the sunset, and going surfing, and there are many reasons why. It is simply one of the most stunning beach of the island, surrounded by high black cliffs, a yellow sand beach and the feeling of being at the end of the world. To reach the beach, you’ll need to go for a 15 min car ride on the dirt road that starts at the northern end of El Cotillo. Once you get there you’ll need to be careful when going down to the beach as the hiking path can be slippery and a bit treacherous (especially carrying surfboard).
Discover the mythical North track Fuerteventura by foot, by bike, or by car. It is a dirt track that runs along the entire north shore of the island and connecting El Cotillo to Corralejo. Along the way you will find stunning remote beaches, Volcanoes to hike to, the best surf spots in Fuerteventura and an overall feeling of wilderness and adventure. We recommend particularly Punta Gorda,Pop Corn Beach,Majanicho Village and el Hierro. Now it is up to you to find the place to which you will feel the most connection.
We cannot recommend enough the chiringuito (beach bar) that sits on Playa de La Concha, Cotillo. Nothing fancy here, just what we want, a beautiful location, good seafood and tapas, and all your classic beverages.It is so simple and yet so special, we cannot recommend enough La Concha Beach Bar.