Top things to do in El Cotillo

Top Choice Cafe in El Cotillo

El Goloso de Cotillo

Enjoy decadent tarts, cakes and pastries in this quiet spot at the northern end of the town. There are fresh juices and shakes and excellent coffee. For dessert, try the lemon meringue – it's simply divine.
Spanish in El Cotillo

Restaurante La Vaca Azul

La Vaca Azul enjoys prime position overlooking the pebbly beach, with a rooftop terrace for extensive views; dinner is especially atmospheric, with sunset and lit lanterns. It's mostly about the location, though you…
Seafood in El Cotillo

La Marisma

A suitably nautical interior and a menu that includes superbly prepared fried squid, lobster, grilled sole, paella and other tasty seafood. In a town stuffed with magnificent views, this place has one of the best wi…
Cafe in El Cotillo

El Mentidero

Tucked away, this small and popular blue-and-white cafe has bucket loads of personality and an easy-going temperament. It's just what the doctor ordered for either a small or more substantial breakfast, a glass of f…
Clothing in El Cotillo

Clean Ocean Project

Stop by this ecologically aware and very neat-looking 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. …
Windmill in El Cotillo

Molino de el Roque

This charming windmill is named after El Roque, the next village along from El Cotillo, and with its white paint and black sails, it's really quite a picture. The windmill is close enough to reach on foot or you can…
Mediterranean in El Cotillo


Overlooking the beach north of town at Los Lagos, Azzurro offers quality pasta and seafood and a decent line of cocktails when sunset beckons.
Museum in El Cotillo

Museo de la Pesca Tradicional

This museum dedicated to fisher folk is located next to the town’s distinctive red-and-white-striped lighthouse (not open to visitors). You can climb to the top of the considerably smaller original lighthouse for pa…
Castle in El Cotillo

Castillo de Tostón

Tubby Castillo de Tostón is not really a castle, more a Martello tower. The art and history displays within are interesting, but the star attraction here is the sweeping view of the surf beach to the south. You may …
Bar in El Cotillo

El Toston

Doubling as a hamburger restaurant, this bar has a good perch in front of the cove. The full English breakfasts here are popular too.