El Cotillo

EL COTILLO. El Cotillo is a small rustic little fishing village which is named after the virgin of good travel (Virgin de Buen Viaje) these words can be seen painted on the cliffs in the old harbour. Situated on the northwest corner of Fuerteventura, El Cotillo is a peaceful place but it offers good restaurants, bars, a few shops and more recently, lots of new accommodation.

The main reason for this has to be the fantastic beaches and lagoons that lie to the south of this little harbor town. To the south of Cotillo 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. On the cliffs near to the town center, south of the harbour and overlooking the sea, is the Fortaleza del Tostón. This round shaped fort was built in the late 1790’s to defend against pirates. The old harbor, with its small bars and restaurants, is the most picturesque part of town and it is here you’ll find most of the bars and restaurants. Just to the north of the Cotillo Lagoons is the Faro – lighthouse.