City of Fuerteventura: El Cotillo

El Cotillo, poetry and wild nature

Journey into the cradle of tranquility

This characteristic town was born as a fishing village, similar to the nearby Majanicho. Initially its name was Puerto del Roque (port of the tower), but the inhabitants moved towards the interior of the island escaping from the raids of the pirates. Now the small town of El Roque survives dozing, while the old village has grown thanks to tourism and the most pristine and windy beaches of the north, paradise for surfers from all over the world.

El Cotillo, the northern sigh

El Cotillo (perhaps it owes its name to the french root “cotillòn”, the dance, or to the spanish “cotilleo”, the murmur) still agrees all when it comes to strolling along the beautiful alleys of the Pueblo, be enchanted in front of the Playita in the center, see the marina from above or eat from real kings in one of its magnificent restaurants.

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The beautiful dark sandy beaches near the Cotillo are wild and huge. Get yourself a very powerful tanning cream, you don’t mess around with the sun, here, and there are no equipped areas. I’m the one that got brazed five years ago, first day of vacation in Fuerteventura. Ouch.

Beaches in El Cotillo

As mentioned, there are fabulous beaches both to the south of the city and to the north, beyond the lighthouse of the Tostòn. The Southern ones are windy (area Punta Mallorquìn, ideal for kiters and windsurfer) while to the north you can enjoy the huge expanse of sand of Playa de los Lagos, Playa Chica, Playa La Barra and Playa el Islote. After an unforgettable visit to the Toston Lighthouse, take a look at the extraordinary natural pools of Playa Los Charcos II and III, real paradise for children and not, where the wind is calmer.

We recommend diving in the early hours of the morning, don’t test the Mucho Calor (too hot) after 12 am, unless you are super equipped with curtains, umbrellas and water at will.


For pioneers with off-road vehicles: you can not miss the dirt road that connects El Cotillo to Corralejo, passing through the lighthouse of Toston, the newly listed beaches oflos Charcos and Majanicho, a village of fishermen as romantic as impressive. Really advised, pure emotions.

For the unstoppable walkers: to the West you can find the volcano called Calderòn Hondo: seeing its mouth from above is one of the shows not to be missed, the sight and the magic that it infers are really overwhelming. Also not so far south you can find the Tindaya Mountain, a place of worship with some remains of ancient stone constructions.

The view from above will allow you to enjoy the nature, letting yourself embrace with a gaze the beaches of El Cotillo on one side and the volcanoes on the other.


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