If you are someone who can’t sit still and need to be entertained 24/7 on holiday then El Cotillo is probably not for you. But there are still plenty of things to do in El Cotillo Fuerteventura.
These are our top 12 suggestions:
1. Beaches – obviously!
The most popular daytime activity in El Cotillo is definitely finding a nice spot on one of the beaches and relaxing.
Depending on which of the wonderful beaches you chose to go to then you can do this with, or without, swimwear – it is your choice. You can take the occasional dip in the sea to cool off or stroll along the shoreline looking for seashells.
If you are on one of the lagoon beaches then buy yourself a snorkel and mask and try your hand at snorkelling. There are plenty of fish and other sea creatures to spot and because of the reefs, which protect the lagoons, the water is always nice and calm.
For lunch either take a picnic or stroll up to Torino’s beach bar and have the best paella on the island for lunch. From the bar you can sit and people watch while you sip a nice cool drink.
2. El Tostón Tower
Have a gentle walk through the village to the Tostón tower, overlooking the new harbour and the surfers’ beach. It was built in the early 1700s to defend the dock from pirates. It only costs a couple of Euros to go in and explore. There are some great views from the top too. Normally they also have an art exhibition of some kind inside too.
3. El Cotillo Lighthouse
Take a walk north along the coast to the lighthouse (Faro de Tostón). It takes about an hour to walk there or you could even try jogging it. The lazy, like me, prefer to drive!
When you get there you can have a well-deserved coffee or beer from the little cafe inside (Open 10:30-17:30 and closed Sunday and Monday). When it is open you can also pay a small fee to see the fishermans’ exhibition and go up to the top of the middle tower. From there you have a panoramic view of the lagoons, the north of the island and also Lanzarote across the water.
4. Chill and watch the sunsets
This is probably one of the most popular things to do in El Cotillo. Being on the west coast, El Cotillo is ideally situated to take full advantage of some great sunsets. So find a seat outside a nice bar or restaurant, with a view of the sea, and chill with your favourite sun-downer to watch the show.
Some suggestions are – the Sottovento restaurant, Aguayre cafe by the new harbour and the Toston bar’s terrace in the old harbour.
5. Learn to surf, kite surf or SUP (stand up paddle)
If you are feeling energetic why not learn to surf or kite surf while you are here? There are a number of schools located in the village that can teach you. Surf lessons generally take place on the surfers’ beach immediately to the south of El Cotillo.
Kite surf lessons also take place on this beach as well as the first beach past the lighthouse to the north. If you can already surf then the schools can normally rent you a board by the day or week.
6. Rent a Bike
The energetic can rent bikes from a number of places in El Cotillo, such as the Riders Surf n Bike shop near the football ground. You can ride the tracks along the coast to the south and visit Steps Beach or Esquinzo beach. You can head the other way and go to the lighthouse and then along the north shore to Majanicho. Alternatively you can head inland to Lajares via the cycle path and further afield.
7. Bus (Lajares, La Oliva, Corralejo, Puerto del Rosario)
Take a bus trip on the no 8 bus which runs once an hour or more at certain times of the day (timetable here). You can choose to have lunch in Lajares or get off at La Oliva and visit the Colonels’ House or spend an hour in the art gallery. Travel all the way to Corralejo which takes about 45 minutes to do some shopping, have lunch along the sea front or go to the water park during the summer.
Alternatively you can catch the no 7 bus and explore the capital, Puerto del Rosario.
8. Horse Riding
It is possible to go horse riding from a stable in El Roque, near the windmill. I believe most of the horses are rescued and have a happy life doing a maximum of one trip a day to earn their keep. Rides include a sunset trek along the coast. Details are here – Granja Tara
9. Segway Tours
This is perhaps the most unusual of all the things to do in El Cotillo. You can join one of the 5 Segway tours which range from 15 minutes to 2 hours. It is certainly an unusual way to see the area. These are based just in front of the Cotillo Beach Hotel. Segway Tours Website
10. El Cotillo Market
Every Friday from late afternoon into the evening is a small craft market. This takes place in the small square off the main road into the village that leads to the new harbour. There are a number of stalls selling hand-made jewellery and other goods. Fortunately you don’t get loads of stalls selling the same old knock-off handbags etc that you do in most of the larger markets on the island. Often there is live music too.
11. Visit the Labyrinth
If you feel like a walk (or a drive and a walk) then you could visit the little known El Cotillo Labyrinth. This is in the hills to the back of the main watersports beach. You can find how to get to it and a video about it here – El Cotillo’s Best Kept Secret – The Labyrinth
12. Last but not least
In the evenings, find a nice restaurant and have a good meal, perhaps with some locally caught fish. There are lots of nice restaurants in El Cotillo so you won’t be stuck on where to go, you just have the difficult choice of which one to choose.
After dinner take a stroll and visit one of the bars for a few drinks. Many of the bars have live music on one night a week so keep your ears open when walking around.
Other things to do in Fuerteventura
If you want to go further afield then take a look at our Fuerteventura trips and excursions page for some great ideas and deals.