El Cotillo

Often described as "Picturesque and Unspoilt", which, frankly, must have been coined by an Estate Agent! The village is neither picturesque (although the view from fish restaurants near the harbour is very pleasant) nor unspoilt (several Hotel and Apartment complexes are being built or are already open).
Don't, however let this put you off visiting El Cotillo. Besides being a fishing village, El Cotillo also developed as a Surf town with the Beaches and Reefs to the north and south of the town attracting Windsurfers/Kite-boarders and Surfers from all over the world. The reefs to the north of the town are particularly (in)famous. Besides being dangerous places to surf, the reefs also shelter the small lagoons at the northern end of the town making them safe places to bathe. Surfers are very much part of the laid-back character of the town, with several hippy-style or hippy-renovated houses in evidence.

El Cotillo was the capital of the original Maxorata Kings (natives of this part of the island) before the conquest, however with the exception of the Fortaleza del Tostón, there is not much in the way of historic Buildings or archaeological remains here. The Fortaleza del Tostón is a fortified tower built by the Spanish in 1797 to defend the area from Pirates and can be found just south of the Harbour. The small church is dedicated to the Virgen del Buen Viaje.

Like many towns in the Canary Islands, this was originally (and still is) a Fishing Village. You can still see old fishermen land their catch in the old harbour after negotiating the perilous-looking entrance to the harbour!

There are a few pleasant fish restaurants overlooking this pretty little harbour - a natural harbour which is now reinforced with a concrete sea wall.

Nightlife in El Cotillo is generally very low-key (there are a few bars) with the exception of events such as local Fiestas and the occasional Music Festival!


Map of El Cotillo
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El Cotillo