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El Cotillo

Once a sleepy fishing village, this town is now a resort location with sprawling beaches and scenic lagoons.

Relax at the beach and appreciate the lack of crowds in El Cotillo, a tranquil haven on Fuerteventura’s western coast. The village centers on a harbor where local fishermen congregate, so it is an ideal place to glimpse the island’s culture. Enjoy this more relaxed and peaceful alternative to Corralejo and Antigua on Fuerteventura.

Learn about the customs of this fishing village at the Museum of Traditional Fishing. See its red-and-white striped lighthouse surrounded by giant waves crashing into the rocks. Walk around the old harbor and see the black beaches created from volcanic eruptions. Spot impressive boats at the new harbor. Several restaurants and bars are nearby, serving local specialties, such as shellfish, potatoes and goat’s cheese.

The 18th-century Cotillo Tower is a local landmark rising above the rest of the area. Climb to its peak for excellent views of the harbor and ocean. It was initially constructed as a defense against pirates. Find out about activities and events in the tourism office inside the tower.

Capture photos of the town as you walk through its center. Note the rows of colonial-style buildings with colorful façades. The dark sand beaches here are very rarely crowded. Enjoy having so much space along the miles of beaches with clear ocean water. Sunbathe at Cotillo Beach and enjoy a picnic with your family.

Make your way to La Concha Beach, the largest of the village’s sandy stretches. Attend the annual Fuerteventura Music Festival here on the first weekend of July. There are also several nudist beaches in the area.

The sleepy village of El Cotillo lies on the western coast of the island, a 40-minute taxi ride from Fuerteventura Airport. The scenic journey from one coast to another is about 25 miles (40 kilometers)

Top hotels in El Cotillo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Coral Cotillo Beach
Coral Cotillo Beach
3 out of 5
Ctra. Los Lagos, s/n, El Cotillo, La Oliva

This family-friendly La Oliva hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of El Toston Castle and Cotillo Beach. La Concha Beach and Piedra Playa ...

3.7/5Good! (189 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, very clean and the breakfast was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Coral Cotillo Beach
TAO El Cotillo
TAO El Cotillo
3 out of 5
Hermanas del castillo,4, La Oliva, Las Palmas

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cotillo Beach and La Concha Beach. El Marrajo Beach and Corralejo Dunes Natural Park ...

3.8/5Good! (8 reviews)

"Spacious apartment & good standard of cleanliness. Very quiet complex Lack of comfort in seating area."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

TAO El Cotillo
Cotillo Ocean View
Cotillo Ocean View
3 out of 5
Juan de Betencourt 2, El Cotillo, La Oliva, Canary Islands
The price is £113 per night

Situated in La Oliva, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of El Toston Castle and Cotillo Beach. Piedra Playa and La Concha Beach are also within 1 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (26 reviews)

"Clean, functional, very well located, good balconies and terraces for sitting out. Kitchen only just about adequate, nowhere particularly comfortable to sit. Not easy to find your way around if arriving when reception is closed."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Cotillo Ocean View

Popular places to visit in El Cotillo

Cotillo Beach
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Cotillo Beach

4.5/5(125 reviews)

Take your surfboard out on the breaking waves after exploring the lagoons, sand dunes and lighthouse of this sandy oasis.

La Concha Beach
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La Concha Beach

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at La Concha Beach during your travels in El Cotillo? Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

El Marrajo Beach
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El Marrajo Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at El Marrajo Beach during your travels in El Cotillo? Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Corralejo Beach
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Corralejo Beach

4/5(223 reviews)

Amble along the soft white sand of these beaches, cross the ocean to reach an exotic island and traverse miles of sand dunes.

Marina Rubicon
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Marina Rubicon

4.5/5(296 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Playa Blanca with a trip to Marina Rubicon. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Papagayo Beach
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Papagayo Beach

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Hidden away in a nature reserve, this rugged, wild beach is an exquisite spot to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and cool off in the glittering waters.

Top things to do in El Cotillo

Small-Group Fuerteventura Sightseeing Tour
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Small-Group Fuerteventura Sightseeing Tour

£53
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
4x4 Safari Tour through Inner Fuerteventura - Cotillo beach
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4x4 Safari Tour through Inner Fuerteventura - Cotillo beach

£47
Per adult
Return Ticket to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura
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Return Ticket to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura

£16
Per adult
4-Hour Luxury Boat Trip to Isla de Lobos from Fuerteventura
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4-Hour Luxury Boat Trip to Isla de Lobos from Fuerteventura

£59
Per adult
Buggy or Quad Tour Experience in the North of Fuerteventura
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Buggy or Quad Tour Experience in the North of Fuerteventura

£44
Per adult
Private Departure from Hotel in El Cotillo area to Fuerteventura Airport (FUE)
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Private Departure from Hotel in El Cotillo area to Fuerteventura Airport (FUE)

£106
Per adult

Reviews of El Cotillo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Apr 2019

The best beaches both at El Cotillo and Corralejo Blue Flag beach that I have seen. However choose your days. There is often a strong NW to NE wind blowing so pick the right side of the island!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2019

will be returning

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