El Cotillo is situated in the north of the island on the west coast and belongs to the municipality of La Oliva. Until recently, El Cotillo was still a small fishing village. Even now the town is still very small and quiet and has more atmosphere than some other bigger tourist towns on Fuerteventura. Particularly the old harbour (in the town centre, with offshore reef) and the adjacent original town centre radiate something pristine. This part of El Cotillo invites particularly to eat fish or just relax. In the south, there is the new harbour with its thick concrete wall in order to protect it from the torrential surge. Furthermore, you will find a historic building dating back to 1743, “Castillo de Rico Roque”and was built for the commandante Andres Bonito after repeated attacks by English pirates. The tower is open to tourists and often hosts exhibitions such as paintings.
The long beaches south of El Cotillo mainly attract surfers – the surge here is very strong. North of El Cotillo, there are beautiful lagoon beaches (Playas de Los Lagos, Playas de La Concha). The fine sand and the clean water invite tourists to relax and bathe. This beach is something special and unique on Fuerteventura. The beach consists of several bays, which are separated by bigger and smaller black lava stones. The sand is very light-coloured and clean. The sea is flat and very suitable for children. The waves are softened by offshore rocks.