El Cotillo, a place in Fuerteventura to dream of 🏖️🌞

El Cotillo in Fuerteventura island
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El Cotillo in Fuerteventura is a destination for tranquillity lovers who want to get to know part of the history and origins of this Canary Island; an escape to paradise where the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean meets the authenticity of island life. This charming fishing village, with its rich traditions and stunning natural landscapes (including some of Fuerteventura’s best beaches), promises an unforgettable experience for those looking to discover the Canary Islands from a unique perspective.

📍 Where is El Cotillo in Fuerteventura?

Located in the municipality of La Oliva, in the north of Fuerteventura, on the northwest coast of the island, El Cotillo is accessible via a road that winds through volcanic and desert landscapes from the town of Lajares. Situated some 18 km from Corralejo, it is a must for those wishing to experience the unfiltered natural beauty of Fuerteventura’s west coast, being in fact the main town on the west coast of the island.

📜 History

El Cotillo, with its narrow streets and white houses, tells the story of a community that has evolved from being a vital fishing port to its current status as a tourist destination, but that has managed to maintain its essence. 

Since the 17th century there are records of a fishing settlement in the area known at that time as Puerto del Roque; some time later, the island council established what was called the Casa del puerto del Tostón in the same place, becoming one of the arrival points on the trade route between Madeira and Fuerteventura. 

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However, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that the name El Cotillo began to be widely used to refer to the settlement here. Over time, the port of El Cotillo ceased to have any commercial activity, and the sparse local population came to depend entirely on fishing for their livelihood. It was in the 1980s that tourism emerged as an economic alternative, leading to a significant increase in the population of the area, which today numbers some 1,300 inhabitants.

The defensive towers, such as the famous Torre de El Tostón built to defend against pirates, are today witnesses to the past, and offer visitors an insight into the history of this town.

🏖️ El Cotillo beaches

The beaches of El Cotillo, including the famous Playa de La Concha, are renowned for their natural beauty. El Cotillo’s location on one of the most beautiful and wildest coasts of Fuerteventura makes it a destination for beach and surf lovers, with three beaches in particular standing out as the most famous: Playa de la Concha, Playa de los Lagos and Playa de los Charcos.

Playa de la Concha (La Concha Beach)

This gem is synonymous with tranquillity, unrivalled natural beauty and a serene atmosphere. Also called Playa Chica, Playa de la Concha stands out as one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura; its distinctive horseshoe shape protects it from the waves, ensuring calm waters ideal for swimming. However, it is also known for its strong breezes that can make the stay a little less comfortable. Its Blue Flag recognition year after year is a testimony to the purity of its waters and its well-preserved natural environment. The beach has managed to retain its wild essence, but it has been enhanced to improve the visitor experience.

Playa de los Lagos (El Cotillo Beach)

Also known as Playa Marfolín or simply referred as El Cotillo Beach, Playa de los Lagos is characterised by its fine white sand, interspersed with volcanic rocks and surrounded by a lush coral reef in crystal clear waters. Located near El Cotillo, it retains its natural character despite being flanked by some buildings. Its size is relatively small, stretching less than 200 metres long and about 40 metres wide. Nearby, there are several bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy the typical flavours of Fuerteventura or local fresh fish.

Playa de los Charcos (Lagoons Beach)

Located near the Faro del Tostón lighthouse, Playa de los Charcos beach stretches along the northwest coast of Fuerteventura, offering a picture postcard view with its crystal clear waters forming a spectacular natural pool. Made up of three small coves divided by natural stone walls, it covers a length of about 500 metres and a width of approximately 70 metres. It is a beach with a relaxed atmosphere, whose waters are kept calm by rocks that form shallow lakes, so many people come here looking for the famous “El Cotillo Lagoons of Fuerteventura”; this beach is perfect for families or those seeking a peaceful refuge to connect with nature. However, due to its remoteness, it lacks services.

El Cotillo beach

🌄 Other places of interest

Beyond its beaches, El Cotillo offers other natural and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. We will mention just a few of the most important ones:

Faro del Tostón (Toston Lighthouse)

El Cotillo was a key port on Fuerteventura, and the Faro del Tostón lighthouse bears witness to that history. This lighthouse, surrounded by imposing black rocks and lashed by the sea, is not only an emblematic local symbol but also houses the Museum of Traditional Fishing, reflecting the town’s historical link with fishing activity. The Tostón Lighthouse is not only an architectural icon, but also a cultural centre that hosts exhibitions and events that connect visitors to the island’s maritime history. 

Torre del Tostón (Toston Tower)

El Cotillo is also known for Torre del Tostón, a tower built in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1700; originally designed to defend the island from pirate attacks and aggressions from North Africa, today it is a point of cultural and architectural interest that offers magnificent views. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument of Cultural Interest, this defensive fortification had three cannons, and still preserves a small drawbridge. In the surrounding area we can also find the old lime kilns, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.

Piedra Playa 

South of El Cotillo is Piedra Playa, a beach that attracts surfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. Unlike the calm, crystal clear waters of the coves north of El Cotillo, where small, white sandy beaches and shallow waters invite to practice snorkelling, Piedra Playa offers hundreds of metres of rough water and big waves… and incredible sunsets.


When you visit El Cotillo, don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of its spectacular sunsets. Located on the west coast of the island, the town and its beaches offer an impressive display of colours and light every sunset, a spectacle that we assure you will captivate your senses.

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🍴 Food: where to eat in El Cotillo

The gastronomy in El Cotillo reflects the abundance of the sea and the fertility of Fuerteventura’s volcanic soil. The restaurants and bars in the village serve a wide range of dishes that highlight the flavours of the Atlantic, from fresh fish to seafood, and are a tourist attraction by their own, presenting a wide range of the traditional Fuerteventura cuisine

The old quay of El Cotillo is dotted with bars and restaurants where you can try local specialities including limpets, sancocho de pescado (fish stew) or boiled sea bass, accompanied by papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) with mojo and gofio. The menu is enriched with a variety of fresh fish and seafood, such as cabrillas, sargos, groupers, chernes, squid, octopus and viejas, varying according to the catch of the day.

For those who prefer meat, El Cotillo offers roasted or stewed goat meat, together with the indispensable Majorero cheese (Fuerteventura cheese). 

Some well-known restaurants are La Vaca Azul or Las Marismas, which offer views of the sea and the possibility of even watching the fishermen arrive with their daily catch. Their menus include a variety of fresh fish and seafood rice casseroles. Other notable restaurants include Roque de los Pescadores and La Ballena, both known for their simple but delicious Canarian cuisine, as well as Piedra Alta (with stunning sea views) or Pez Gordo, located right on the harbour.

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🏨 Accommodation in El Cotillo

Despite its growing tourism, El Cotillo remains a relatively uncrowded destination thanks to its relatively isolated location on the unpopulated west coast of Fuerteventura, making it perfect for those looking to relax on idyllic beaches and enjoy the exceptional climate without the crowds. Even so, if you plan to stay in El Cotillo, it is important to choose a good accommodation to enjoy your stay, and never forget to book in advance

El Cotillo offers accommodation mainly in cosy aparthotels and holiday rental properties available to rent for days or even weeks. However, for those who prefer the luxury and comfort of a conventional hotel, the Coral El Cotillo Beach Hotel is a small 4-star resort with a lagoon-style swimming pool and buffet restaurant.

⛅ Weather in El Cotillo (Fuerteventura)

The weather in El Cotillo is one of its greatest attractions, with over 300 days of sunshine a year and temperatures that rarely drop below 20°C, even in winter. This idyllic climate makes El Cotillo a perfect destination at any time of the year, and so a top tourist destination. For those interested in checking the local weather in real time, this El Cotillo live webcam offers live views of Piedra Playa, just south of the village.

🚗 How to get to El Cotillo

El Cotillo is located at a distance of 45 km from Fuerteventura airport, and the journey by car takes approximately 40 minutes. To get to El Cotillo, follow the FV-1 motorway in the direction of Corralejo and then take the turning onto the FV-109 road towards Lajares

If you prefer to use public transport, you can find information about the bus routes available on this website; however our recommendation is that, if you don’t bring your own car, you should hire one during your stay in Fuerteventura, as this is the best way to get around the island due to the limited bus timetables in Fuerteventura.

📅 What time of year is the best to visit El Cotillo?

Although El Cotillo can be visited all year round thanks to its privileged climate, the spring and autumn months are ideal for those looking for the less touristy season, and to enjoy the island at a more relaxed pace and with the best weather, neither too cold nor too hot. It is precisely in these months that El Cotillo reveals its most intimate character, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and the natural beauty of its surroundings.

Visiting El Cotillo in Fuerteventura means to discover a world apart, a corner of the world where time seems to have stopped, far from the stress and bustle. El Cotillo is, in short, a perfect destination to discover Fuerteventura… and also to discover yourself.😊🏝️

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