El Cotillo is a town on the northwest coast of Fuerteventura and is known for its charm and beauty. What used to be a fishing village is now a thriving tourist spot, which has managed to maintain its authenticity and local atmosphere. The beaches in El Cotillo are exceptional and stand out against the mostly volcanic shores of the Canaries. These beaches alone make this quaint town worth a visit.

Weather in El Cotillo

As is the case for the rest of the Canaries, the weather in El Cotillo is warm and stable, with little rain during the summer, as well as breezes which temper the hot days. Temperatures in the summer are at around 25°C on average, while the evening temperatures drop down to an average of 19°C.

Things to do

El Cotillo is a small town but has many things to offer in terms of attractions. There are quite a few historic sights which have been converted into small museums, where visitors can learn more about this Canarian village’s story. Beaches are also aplenty here, with secluded lagoons and white sand beaches along its coastal line.

El Cotillo Lagoons

The lagoons of El Cotillo are a must-see, and many of the areas visitors can’t help but spend all their time here. Many naturists especially love this beach, as they are secluded and beautiful in an untouched and pristine way. These lagoons are also sheltered from the wind, and are therefore calm and relaxing, a great spot to unwind, especially from a busy travel schedule around Fuerteventura.

Castillo de El Toston

The Castillo de El Toston is a historical site, which was once an essential point of coastal defense for the locals defending their island from outsiders. The view from the castle spreads over the sea, and the mountains alike, and is worth the trip alone. The castle is filled with artwork and sculptures, as well as posters depicting its history, and is a lovely place to spend an educational afternoon.

El Toston Lighthouse

The Faro de Toston is an active lighthouse near El Cotillo, which is used to help seafarers navigate the narrow La Bocayna strait between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The tower was first opened in 1897 and has since grown from a 7 meter to a 35 meter above sea level structure. It has since been renovated a few times and is now also used as a museum, even featuring its very own café.

Toston lighthouse in El Cotillo
Toston lighthouse in El Cotillo at Fuerteventura Canary Islands – © tonobalaguer

El Cotillo Market

The El Cotillo Market is open every day from 5pm until 8pm and is an exciting place to hunt for unique souvenirs, jewelry, crafts, and handmade artwork. There is often live music in the square, as well as workshops for adults and children alike. Visitors love to flock here to spend some time scouring for great deals while enjoying the friendly local ambiance.

Caleta del Marrajo

A beautiful beach with a view of the lighthouse, the Caleta del Marrajo resembles a natural swimming pool, which is sheltered from the open sea, as it is surrounded by rocks. Little coves make for great picnic sites, perfect for the whole family to spend their days in. The sand here is white and pristine, while the water is shallow and an idyllic place for a swim.


Laif Hotel

Located at the center of the town of El Cotillo, Laif Hotel looks and feels like an oasis. Each room has a flat-screen TV, and a safe where guests can keep their precious belongings. The rooftop pool is one of the favorite hangout spots for their visitors, with hammocks and garden furniture where they can enjoy reading a book, watch the view. There is an in-house restaurant which serves daily breakfast and meals centered around local recipes and fresh produce.

Laif Hotel
Laif Hotel – © laifhotel

Coral Cotillo

The Coral Cotillo is a hotel complex located only 500 meters from the Cotillo Beach. It is a Mediterranean-style hotel decked out in warm colors, with amenities such as tennis courts, a children’s playground, and sprawling gardens. A buffet restaurant serves daily meals, which consist of Canarian delicacies and international favorites.

Casa Nami

Casa Nami is a holiday home just a few kilometers from the famous Los Charcos beach. This house provides free WiFi to its guests, as well as a garden with an outdoor patio and seating area. Couples love this location as it is cozy and quiet, and close to views of the ocean, as well as the mountains. There are many restaurants and supermarkets nearby, making it easy to go out to grab necessities without any inconvenience.

Beachfront Bungalow Cotillo Lagos

A stunning beachfront property in Cotillo, the Beachfront Bungalow Cotillo Lagos is a one-bedroom bungalow equipped with a kitchen and a living area. The sun terrace is where guests love to spend the most time, as it has a direct view of the white sand and blue water. A barbecue area makes it easy to have guests over to enjoy grilling and dining al fresco, with a glass of wine in hand.

Casa Flamingo

Around 5 kilometers from the famous Los Charcos Beach, one can find Casa Flamingo, a minimally decorated apartment with quirky details. This apartment has two bedrooms, which both have a flat-screen cable TV each. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, a fridge, and even a washing machine, which is much appreciated by their guests. A balcony and terrace offers views of the city and serves as the perfect place to socialize and relax.

Restaurants / Bars

El Mentidero Café

A lovely café in typical Mediterranean fashion, the El Mentidero Café is decorated in white and blue and is ranked as the best café in town. Desserts and cakes are made fresh here each day, while the coffee just doesn’t get better. Other things worth mentioning here are the Canarian breakfast, the pumpkin soup, as well as any of the salads. It is also an ideal location for visitors to people-watch while sipping away on a coffee or juice.

Tosho Gastro Bar

Tosho Gastro Bar is an excellent restaurant which serves Mediterranean and Spanish dishes which are often described as exquisite. The food here is colorful and freshly cooked, while the prices are just right. The Ceviche is very popular here, as is the fresh seafood, such as the prawns, mackerel and cod. Everything here is served to perfection, with the plating making everything look beautiful as well as tasty.

Olivo Corso

Another favorite in El Cotillo’s culinary scene is Olivo Corso, a Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant. Even locals love to dine here as their dishes are authentic and served fresh each time. The décor here is cozy and beautiful, adding to the ambiance, along with the list of wines. The tapas comes highly recommended, as well as the duck salad as a unique starter dish.

Azzuro Chill Out

Azzuro Chill Out is a more upscale choice in El Cotillo, with beach club vibes to match. The cocktail list here is extensive and deliciously prepared, while the food menu is mouthwatering. The seafood platter comes highly recommended, as well as the local goat’s cheese board, which is served with different chutneys. Top this off with one of the cakes as dessert, and you’ll walk away satisfied for sure.

Azzurro Chill Out
Azzurro Chill Out – © azzurro

Pizzeria Marameo

Everybody’s favorite pizzeria in town is the Pizzeria Marameo, a lovely Italian restaurant serving pizza and pasta to perfection. Vegan options are also available here, and the portions are large and filling. Each dish will go well with a glass of wine and satiate any hunger acquired from a day spent in the sun. The Caprese salad is also a great way to start a meal, especially when shared, as the portion is quite large.

Getting to El Cotillo from the airport

There are several options for the trip from the airport to El Cotillo, each with a different price tag. This trip takes about 40 minutes by car, so visitors who are planning to rent a car for their stay in Fuerteventura can simply rent their car from the airport and make the drive to the western side of the island themselves.

Another option is to get there via bus. As there is no direct bus to El Cotillo, this will require one trip via line 3 and then a switch to line 7 at the Puerto del Rosario bus station. This is one of the more economical options, as the bus will only cost a few euros each. There are also taxis waiting at the airport, which can be the smoothest way to get to El Cotillo, but isn’t the cheapest, as it can cost around 50€ for the trip.