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Top Choice Cafe in El Cotillo

El Goloso de Cotillo

Enjoy decadent tarts in a quiet spot at the north end of the town. There are fresh juices and shakes, and the coffee is excellent. For dessert, try the lemon meringue – it's divine.
Museum in El Cotillo

Museo de la Pesca Tradicional

This interesting museum is located next to the town’s distinctive stripy lighthouse (not open to visitors). Climb to the top of the considerably smaller original lighthouse for panoramic sea views and then visit the…
Mediterranean in El Cotillo

Casa Rústica

This place has enjoyed long-time popularity with visitors and locals alike. A comfortable rustic dining room with a few street-side tables is the setting for a diverse range of well-prepared dishes. The cuisine is S…
Seafood in El Cotillo

El Mirador

Sitting just above the picturesque harbour, the staff here are exceptionally friendly and the food is consistently good. There is an emphasis on rice dishes with several paellas, including vegetarian, Valencian and …
Clothing in El Cotillo

Clean Ocean Project

Stop by this ecologically aware place that stocks cool surf wear in soft greens and blues. The business donates a percentage of all profits to beach-cleaning days and anti-pollution awareness. There are branches in …
Spanish in El Cotillo

Restaurante La Vaca Azul

La Vaca Azul enjoys prime position overlooking the pebbly beach, although the surreal rooftop cow (floodlit in lurid blue at night) has the best spot. It's mostly about the location, though you can't go far wrong wi…
Castle in El Cotillo

Castillo de Tostón

This tubby castillo is not really a castle, more a Martello tower. The art and history displays within are interesting, but the star here is the sweeping view of the surf beach.
Cafe in El Cotillo

El Mentidero

A popular cafe with plenty of personality. Great for breakfast, a glass of freshly squeezed juice, light lunch or a slice of cake with a superb cup of coffee.
Seafood in El Cotillo

La Marisma

A suitably nautical interior and a menu that includes superbly prepared seafood. In a town full of magnificent views, this place has one of the best.
Surfboards in El Cotillo

Cycle & Surf Shop

English-run shop across from the sports stadium which also rents out bicycles (per day €10).