Pronounced 'El Coteeyo', El Cotillo is Situated on the northwest corner of Fuerteventura, El Cotillo is a fairly peaceful place and offers some good restaurants, bars, a few shops, and more recently, lots of new accommodation.

El Cotillo looks set to become one of the newest tourist resorts on the island. The main reason for this has to be the fantastic beaches and lagoons that lie to the south of this little harbour town.

Here you'll find nothing but steely blue sky, dark blue ocean with white foam, and fine white sand.

Most of these superb white beaches with crystal clear lagoons have pedestrian access.


This is truly the surfing and windsurfing Mecca of the island.

During the winter time the swell can be so huge that on very rare occasions the waves break over the new El Cotillo harbour wall.

Many very experienced surfers head to the beaches of El Cotillo and those between El Cotillo and Corralejo because of these conditions.

The best advice here is to only enter the water if the waves are reasonably gentle-looking. This is normally during the summer months.

If it's windy, (a lot of the time it is!) there are several nice places for sheltered sunbathing between the lava stones.

The area along the cliff tops is really only suited for four-wheel-drive vehicles which can easily travel along the rough roads.

If you've hired a normal car you'd be best to turn right in the town and head towards the lagoons.

The old harbour, with its small bars and restaurants, is the most picturesque part of town.