Have you been to El Cotillo? How would you rate it? Please vote and leave a review

10 (71.4%)
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El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:24:52 am »
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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 14:56:51 pm »
It's the 'laid-back' atmosphere, and lack of over-commercialisation which keeps drawing us back to El Cotillo.
The beaches and lagoons to the north have been described enough already, but suffice to say that we can find a different beach each day, if we so wish.
We spend only a single week there, and can dine very well in a different restaurant each night. If staying for a fortnight, you could still eat perfectly well, without repeating any venue. And there'd still be somewhere you hadn't tried.
Everything in the town is within easy walking distance, with a good Inpescasa supermarket on the approach to town, as well as some local shops scattered through the streets, almost every need is catered for. Doesn't appear to be a pharmacy now, though.
On our first trips we were picked up from the airport and taken to the apartment, and would then get the bus to Corralejo on one day, though we now rent a car which also allows us to reach the wilder coast beyond the lighthouse.
As well as the old town, there's been quite a bit of new development, most of which seems finally to be finished. There's a lot of vacant development sites around which haven't been started though.
This means that there's a very open feel to the town, not cramped and closed in, as some places are.
It's not a place to visit if you're looking for excitement. We just want a quiet time, so it suits us perfectly.
It's a proper small town, with proper local residents, school, local shops and bars, as well as holiday homes, rentals and facilities and a few expats.
We would love to see more people staying in El Cotillo, making use of the under-utilised facilities, so the town could actually make some money. There's a lot of traders, in many fields, who are doing a really good job in town, but not reaping the rewards the deserve.
Lots of daytrippers shooting round the back of town to get to the lagoons and not even buying their lunch.
Tradewise, the town probably suffers from being at 'the end of the line', and not getting any through traffic, though that would spoil the special character of the place.
We give El Cotillo 5 stars, simply because it suits us so well. If someone graded it as a resort, comparing it to other holiday destinations it might struggle to get the second star.
Most defintely a place you should experience at some time.

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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 14:56:51 pm »

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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 16:38:53 pm »
Excellent summary of El Cotillo by isleswing.

I would only add that the South beaches are normally great for surfing while the more sheltered lagoons to the North are best suited to recreational swimming, snorkeling, naturism and being generally laid back.

We have stayed for three weeks without getting bored with the available restaurants and will be going again in the new year.

Five stars for a quiet laid back holiday but no stars at all if you are after a lively holiday with plenty going on.

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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 16:43:27 pm »
I would totally recommend people to stay well clear of El Cotillo.    It is full of naked fat people strutting their stuff up and down the beach.   Totally disgusting. >:( >:( >:(

Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 20:25:19 pm »

I have to agree with the first posting on this thread, it says the majority of what we feel about El Cotillo.  If you want bingo, karaoke bars & English football on wide screen TVs then it's not the place for you.  However if you are looking for peace, tranquility, great fish restaurants & some of the best coastline that FV has to offer, then this is the place to be.

Which makes it all the sadder that on our last visit there we were horrified to see that some (English) low lifes had scrawled "Lads on Tour" in large white letters on the wall of the new harbour.  I guess scum get everywhere these days ... ...   >:(

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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2013, 09:25:44 am »
Northernlights we actually noticed that back in Feb 2012, it may even have been October 2011. Shame its still there

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Re: El Cotillo Reviews and Poll
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2015, 21:42:41 pm »
We were in town the 2 weeks of October and noticed how much busier it was. New supermarket next to the hotel and several other new places opened up. Interesting to see the number of wristbands being worn around the restaurants and bars, spreading some cash around. A nice new area opened up by the old harbour, with terraces and performance space.
Don't want it to get too popular though.