The village and surrounding area
El Cotillo is a fishing village on the north-west coast of Fuerteventura. It is only 40-45 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Corralejo. Although it has grown in the past 20 years it still very much retains its fishing village heritage and charm.
El Cotillo has been loved for many years by people who want a quiet, laid-back holiday, away from the hen and stag nights, football shirts, night clubs and drunken behaviour. Many start off by coming to Fuerteventura and staying in Corralejo or Caleta de Fuste but then discover El Cotillo on a day trip and end up staying here in future.
The wonderful thing about the village is that you not only get to meet other holiday makers but full-time residents too – both local Spanish people and those who fell in love with the place on a holiday and made it their home.
El Cotillo most definitely is NOT a small Benidorm. It is a quiet, relaxing, laid-back place with just enough bars and restaurants to try somewhere new every night of a two-week stay. However, there are some great places so you may well find one you like and go there more than once.
If you want a more lively night out while you are here then it is easy to catch the cheap hourly bus to Corralejo and get a taxi back, or drive if you have a hire car (but don’t drink obviously). Corralejo has numerous bars, music bars and restaurants catering for all tastes.
There is a good supermarket as you enter the village, as well as a French bakery, general store, surf board and bike hire shops, bank/cash machine and pizza and Chinese take-away. There are a few clothes shops dotted around the village and even a home-made ice cream shop.
If you love spending time on beautiful beaches then this is the right place for you. There are two very different types of beach within walking distance of the village. There are also some even more secluded beaches slightly further along the coast if you have a hire car.
To the south is Piedra Playa, known locally as the “Surfer’s” or “Wild” beach, which is very popular with those who love all forms of surfing – board, wind and kite. Surf and kite-surf schools operate here too so if you want to learn that is not a problem.
It is also a wonderful beach to walk along, paddle or swim in, but only when the lifeguard flags advise. Beyond this are other wonderful beaches, accessible by car, where you might spend all day on your own.
To the north are the famous Cotillo lagoons. These are a series of beaches with very sheltered and safe swimming, that stretch to the lighthouse and beyond. Great for snorkelling and for families but plenty of space for some seclusion too.
On a calm day, particularly in summer, it is also possible to swim off the rocks, or the small beach, by the new harbour.
Most beaches in Fuerteventura, except those in populated places, are generally naturist friendly. The many beaches around El Cotillo are no exception, although the lagoon beaches to the north of the village, on the way to the lighthouse, are the most frequented by naturists.
Click on the picture below to visit the Elcotillo.net website for more information on El Cotillo –