Though tourism has made its mark on many of Fuerteventura’s beaches and fishing towns, there are a few that have yet to fully feel its effects – and El Cotillo is no doubt one of them. While it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a destination for the masses, for now it remains a sweet former fishing village with idyllic shores ideal for all water lovers.
Located on the northwestern side of the island, El Cotillo has a laidback village vibe that’s hardly fancy, but still exudes a certain charm nonetheless. The town sidles up against the ocean, where you’ll find a rippled coastline complete with a selection of different kinds of beaches. Family’s can park themselves in the sand to the north along La Concha, which is protected on both sides, ensuring calm waters. On the other hand, those in search of both wind and waves will want to travel south to the long stretch of beach situated just beyond town.
Apart from the pueblo and beach lounging, what else is there to do and see in these parts? While you’re venturing from shore to shore, be sure to head south of El Cotillo’s harbor to check out the Fortaleza del Tostón, a tower-like fortress built in the 1790s to defend against pirates. Then, if you’re looking for unsurpassable panoramic views, head north to the Faro de Tostón, a lighthouse situated on a flat finger of land, and surrounded almost entirely by the sea.
All of these shorelines are easily accessible, which means you can park not far away from the beach and have your toes in the Canarian sand in no time. If you wish to go in the water on any of the more exposed shores, however, beware of the waves, which can often be more threatening than they appear.