Fuerteventura Surf Spots: El Cotillo

Fuerteventura Surf Spots: El Cotillo – Old Harbour Point

This episode of Fuerteventura Surf Spots was filmed on 4/4/2017 in El Cotillo. Old Harbour point (I have no idea if that is actually what it is called) lies just off the north side of the Old Harbour

Fuerteventura Surf Spots

Obviously the waves have to be just right to surf there but when they are it is a very popular place to go surfing in Fuerteventura.

I have heard that there is an overhang in the rocks which can suck surfers in until the waves passes. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me.

Fuerteventura Surf Spots

I will occasionally upload more of these “Where to surf in Fuerteventura” videos if there is enough demand. Please let me know in the comments where you think the best surf in Fuerteventura can be found. (Dónde ir surf en fuerteventura)

Watch “Fuerteventura Surf Spots: Corralejo” or read the post here

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Fuerteventura Vlog September 2016 – A Lovely Month

fuerteventura vlog september

Fuerteventura Vlog September 2016

September and October are often the two nicest months here. The weather is wonderful, with generally less wind, and the Spanish holiday period is over so there are less people on the beach and no more noisy fiestas in the area.

We did have some rain, which is very unusual, but it only lasted about 10 minutes. It did just about wet everything though.

This vlog includes:

– messing about in the pool
– date night in El Cotillo
– Harvest moon
– driving in the river beds
– walking the dogs in the river beds (with shadows)
– a trip to Los Molinos
– Rain!
– Sunset
– Driving on the new road
– Dogs playing with their new toy
– Surfer’s beach, El Cotillo
– Walk on the track to Tindaya with the dogs

If you are considering retirement in Fuerteventura please take a look at the other posts on the website and feel free to ask any questions on enjoying retirement life here.

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Fuerteventura Vlog August 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog August

Fuerteventura Vlog August 2016

August was a very hot month here in Fuerteventura with lots of Calimas (hot, dry, dusty winds from the Sahara).

This vlog contains:

  • eating out at Casa Vieja in La Oliva with friends
  • car repairs (just a bit of tlc to the tow bar that was looking a bit rusty)
  • buggy and 4 x 4 safaris which kept interrupting our dog walk at the back of El Roque
  • rescuing a lizard from the pool, which I do most days. It may even be the same lizard every time.
  • sunsets from the garden
  • the Moon, taken using Sue’s Canon SX50 which has a great telephoto lens
  • dogs’ walk over the dry river beds
  • Jenson gets a haircut and we walk round El Cotillo
  • a Hoopoe in the garden
  • El Cotillo night out for a friend’s birthday
  • Was that white thing in the sky a UFO?

Well that was another month of life in Fuerteventura. Retirement in Fuerteventura as an expat is a struggle sometimes but we manage to survive.

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Watch the other monthly vlogs: Monthly Vlog Playlist

Monthly Vlog Fuerteventura July 2016

Fuerteventura July

Monthly Vlog Fuerteventura July 2016 – A Hot and Quiet Month

We had no visitors during July and as it was quite hot, with a Calima too, we did very little apart from cool off in the pool. That suited us but doesn’t make for much of an interesting video. But that is life here in Fuerteventura I guess.

This month’s vlog includes:

– Oscar’s turn to visit the vet for his annual Rabies and other injections
– Sue’s family of wild birds in the garden. She is an avid bird feeder, and was in the UK too. We have lots of visiting and resident birds as a result.
– Bath time for both Oscar and Jenson. Neither are very keen but grin and bear it.
– I went filming on the beaches of El Cotillo for a recent video – See post
– The dogs favourite walk is in the dry river beds near Lajares so we went there quite often, a bit later than normal to let it cool down a bit

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Talented musicians – Fuerteventura 2016

Fuerteventura 2016

What happened in June – Living in Fuerteventura 2016

This month’s Fuerteventura 2016 blog shows what we got up to living in Fuerteventura in June. It was a relatively quiet month with some lovely weather.

It was Sue’s birthday so we went to El Cotillo to celebrate. After a nice meal, eaten overlooking the sea at the El Roque de Pescadores restaurant we moved on to the Coyote bar, overlooking the old harbour, where we met a number of friends. The music that night was really good and the violin player was a particularly talented musician – watch towards the end of the video to see what I mean.

I had a strange moment in the Coyote bar when an English couple, who were on holiday, came up to me and said “You’re JP aren’t you? We watch all your videos.” I was quite taken aback. Thank you Pete and Karen. Perhaps I have found fame at last? I hope fortune is just around the corner.

It includes:

– Pool wildlife
– Sue’s Birthday (meal in an El Cotillo restaurant followed by a night in the Coyote Bar)
– San Juan bonfire
– an afternoon on a Fuerteventura beach – the El Cotillo lagoons
– Dogs digging in the river beds
– Pool swim


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Rock Pools at the El Cotillo Lagoons

Rock Pools

Exploring the rock pools at the lagoons

We spent a few hours sunbathing and exploring the rock pools in the beautiful El Cotillo lagoon beaches. This was the first time we had been to the beach together for a year, which is pretty sad. We have pledged to go once a week from now on but we will see how that goes (we have said this before).

The lagoons are located north of the village of El Cotillo, on the road to the lighthouse. They also extend along the north shore almost to Corralejo.

There are lots of varied life forms in the rock pools. This time it was mainly various fish and some shrimps. In the past we have seen crabs, sea cucumbers, octopus and sea urchins. Some claim to have seen a sea snake but I don’t know how true that is.

As in other parts of Fuerteventura there are many stone circles that have been built over the years by sunbathers. These provide shelter from the wind and privacy when sunbathing. It is an area frequented by naturists quite often but as with most other beaches on the island, naturists and non-naturists seem to co-exist without any problems..

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Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog April

 Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

April started off busy as our friends Mike, Kirsteen and their daughter Suzi were staying with us for the first week but then it became a little quiet, which suited us as we were going to have a busy May.


– Shopping in Corralejo
– Dinner at the Casa Vieja in La Oliva (highly recommended)
– Lunch in El Cotillo
– Corralejo beach to the Waikiki for lunch
– Digging out the concrete to install a new gate post
– Burying a dead rabbit in the dry river beds
– Messing around in the pool for the first time this year

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Fuerteventura Vlog March 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog March

Fuerteventura Vlog March 2016

March was a bit wet in Fuerteventura at times but it at least it does make the island green(ish).


– Putting a garden fork through the mains water suppy
– Corralejo seafront life
– visit to Jandia beach
– a poor little cat we found in the garden
– cleaning the pool
– finishing the utility room and other diy
– Jenson visits the dentist
– fitting a new pressure valve at the apartment in El Cotillo
– Airport to pick up friends
– Catamaran trip to Isla de Lobos

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy retirement life then Fuerteventura, or any of the Canary Islands, could be a good choice. It isn’t paradise but then nowhere is perfect. The climate is wonderful though and it allows you to be active outside every day of the year giving a great retirement lifestyle. It is a lot easier here to answer that old question “What to do when you retire?”

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Winter in Fuerteventura Vlog February 2016

Winter in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura Vlog February 2016 – Winter in Fuerteventura

What happened in my life during winter in Fuerteventura in February 2016.

Although the start of February was lovely, winter finally arrived so we had snow, hail, frosts and – well perhaps not. OK we had a couple of weeks of sometimes cloudy weather with 4 or 5 days of rain. I even got wet on a dog walk one evening so it was pretty bad I can tell you! Thank goodness winter seems to be over now ,-)


– getting the cars through their annual test
– shopping
– gardening
– rain and an accident
– lunch in El Cotillo
– coffee in La Oliva church square
– the dogs look for rabbits
– a friend’s birthday party

So that is another winter over, I imagine, and I have still not had to resort to wearing long trousers at any time. That is three years in shorts now!

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy retirement life then Fuerteventura, or any of the Canary Islands, could be a good choice. It isn’t paradise but then nowhere is perfect. The climate is wonderful though and it allows you to be active outside every day of the year giving a great retirement lifestyle. It is a lot easier here to answer that old question “What to do when you retire?”

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El Cotillo Fuerteventura – A Tour

El Cotillo
El Cotillo

El Cotillo is on the north-west coast of Fuerteventura. It was once a sleepy fishing village, and has obviously expanded since then, but fortunately it has retained its heritage and charm.

El Cotillo has been loved for many years by people who want a quiet, laid-back holiday, away from the hen and stag nights, football shirts, night clubs and drunken behaviour.

Many visitors start off by coming to Fuerteventura and staying in Corralejo but then discover El Cotillo on a day trip and then end up staying here in future. That is what happened to us anyway.

It is a quiet, relaxing, place with just enough bars and restaurants to try somewhere new almost every night of a two-week stay.

El Cotillo’s Beaches

To the north are the famous Cotillo lagoons, which are a series of beaches with very sheltered and safe swimming, that stretch to the lighthouse and beyond. Great for snorkelling and for families but plenty of space for some seclusion and naturism too. See the beaches of El Cotillo post.

To the south is Piedra Playa, known locally as the “Surfer’s” or “Wild” beach, which is very popular with those who love all forms of surfing – board, wind and kite. Surf and kite-surf schools operate here too so if you want to learn that is not a problem. It is also a wonderful beach to walk along, paddle or swim in, but only when the lifeguard flags advise.

Beyond this are other wonderful beaches, accessible by car, where you might spend all day on your own.

Where to stay in El Cotillo

Hotels: There are only two –

  • Cotillo Beach Hotel – this is the largest hotel offering all-inclusive if required
  • Laif Hotel – a small hotel in the centre of the village with a rooftop pool


Villas/Houses in El Roque (just a short walk into El Cotillo) many with private pools

Watch the video for a full tour

Read more information on El Cotillo on this useful website – Elcotillo.net