El Cotillo beach © Alberto Perdomo
This rustic little village has plenty of charm and character for those looking for a quiet getaway and some gorgeous beaches. El Cotillo has a rich history, and was previously a smuggler's harbour used by Fuerteventurans shipping goods off to Gran Canaria where the prices were better. The 18th century Fortaleza del Tostón overlooks the town from the cliffs to the south of the harbour. The Museum of Traditional Fishing, housed in the old lighthouse, may also interest some visitors. The main attraction of a visit to El Cotillo is indisputably the coastline, which boasts spectacular beaches and lagoons, providing calm, sheltered swimming spots and long sandy stretches for walking and sunbathing. As there are rock pools and the water stays shallow for a few metres, the beaches are great for kids. Some nudity is common on the beaches, but there are so many secluded coves and so much space that it should be easy to find some privacy. It is also a good destination for surfers, with some decent waves and even a surf school for those who want to learn or hire wetsuits and boards. There are some pleasant bars and restaurants close to the shore, but no sun loungers or umbrellas to hire, so bring whatever you need for a comfortable day on the beach.