Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura is an absolutely fascinating destination and one of the few landscapes on the island that remain untouched. When I visited this natural wonder for the first time, I fell in love with its unbelievable beauty. However, visiting this place is not only a personal favorite but also one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura.
Whether you’re a beach enthusiast who enjoys basking in the sun or someone who loves water sports, a visit to Cofete in Fuerteventura is a must, as it is one of the best beaches in Spain. Even if beach days aren’t your favorites, it’s still worth exploring the scenic charm of this natural wonder.
In this guide, I’ll walk you through the highlights of Cofete Beach, including what to see and do. Additionally, I’ll provide useful information for your visit, such as accommodation options, transportation details, and more. So, let’s get started!
Things to do in Cofete Beach and surroundings
When it comes to exploring the most beautiful corners of Fuerteventura, Cofete Beach is a must-visit. That said, there are other fascinating places in the surrounding area that I recommend adding to your itinerary:
Let’s start with the beach itself. Cofete Beach is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura where you can genuinely connect with nature in an incredibly unique environment. It is located at the southern end of the Majorera island, so you can make the most of your visit by exploring other beautiful beaches on the Jandía Peninsula on the same day.
The only problem is that reaching the beach can be a bit challenging due to the mountainous terrain and less-than-ideal road conditions. However, there are options like using a 4wd car to ensure a smooth journey. Alternatively, you can book this excursion and enjoy a convenient experience.
The breathtaking 7.5-mile stretch of golden sand is truly worth the effort. However, you should keep in mind that the strong waves make it less suitable for families with children. And don’t forget that there are no amenities around – a small price to pay for experiencing this untamed beauty!
Villa Winter (Casa Winter)
Villa Winter or Casa Winter in Playa Cofete is a mansion built in the 1940s that stands as one of the most enigmatic landmarks in Fuerteventura. It was built by German engineer Gustav Winter, who arrived in 1937 with plans to build multiple factories. Unfortunately, the onset of World War II halted these projects, and his intended residence too, remained incomplete.
However, the abandoned structure has given rise to various legends—some claim it was a Nazi espionage and meeting center, others believe Hitler sought refuge there after his exile from Berlin, and yet another suggests it served as a secret submarine base. The enigma remains unsolved, as access to the beach was closed for several years, leaving these hypotheses unconfirmed and shrouded in mystery.
Currently, Villa Winter finds itself in the hands of Pedro Fumero and his family, a Majorero with a hermit-like aura. During our exploration of Cofete, Pedro warmly welcomed us into “his house,” showing apparently no concern about an eviction order he has over the property. His friendly demeanor added a personal touch to the already mysterious charm of Casa Winter, making our experience truly memorable.
As you follow the road leading to Cofete Beach, you’ll stumble upon the village of the same name just 0.3 miles before the parking lot. This tiny village was constructed in the early 19th century, showcasing a rustic and vintage charm. Interestingly, Cofete Village currently lacks electricity and potable drinking water, so it feels like a trip back in time.
This village was home to the first inhabitants of the island, who, despite the isolation, thrived by harnessing resources from their surroundings. They fished, tended to their animals, and gathered coastal plants for sustenance. Delving into this time capsule is a captivating journey, so I highly recommend allocating some time to explore this living testament to the island’s rich history.
The Cofete Cemetery is located next to the Cofete Beach parking lot and offers one of the most exotic experiences in Fuerteventura. The cemetery was constructed in the 19th century when it was customary to bury the deceased beneath churches.
But the nearest church, the Church of Pájara, was more than 24 miles away, a journey usually done on the back of a dromedary. That proved to be a bit much for the locals, so they decided to build this small cemetery instead.
Once you approach the Cofete Cemetery, you’ll see a small stone wall that not only marks the church boundary but also shields it from the beach sand. You can also spot a beautiful wooden door that invites you to step inside. There, you’ll encounter a striking sight – hundreds of wooden crosses and volcanic rock tombstones, all with a breathtaking view of the ocean.
Islet of the Seven Widows
At the end of Cofete Beach, where Barlovento Beach begins (more on this later), you will find the Islet of the Seven Widows. The Islet is connected to the beach by a sandy spit, so you can take a stroll when the tide is low for a different perspective of this magnificent beach.
This area is a perfect destination for those eager to take a swim, as the Islet acts as a natural barrier against strong currents, creating an ideal spot for a refreshing dip. Just a friendly heads-up: despite its seemingly close proximity to Cofete, reaching it involves about an hour of walking. However, the journey adds to the adventure, making the destination all the more rewarding.
I love long walks along the coast, and Cofete Beach is a dream come true for these leisurely strolls. Once you pass the charming Islet of the Seven Widows, you’ll stumble upon Barlovento Beach – a hidden gem with golden sands surrounded by breathtaking mountains that paint a picture-perfect landscape.
This secluded paradise is around 2.5 miles from Cofete in Fuerteventura and it is only accessible by foot. It’s the kind of place where tourists are a rare sight, so it’s perfect for those who enjoy the idea of being one with nature. Some even choose this spot to practice nudism, or simply relax in the tranquil atmosphere.
Roque del Moro
Roque del Moro is another destination you cannot afford to miss, a sea stack that practically begs to be explored. Head south from Cofete Beach to uncover this hidden gem, in the opposite direction of Barlovento Beach and the Islet of the Seven Widows.
Despite its strong waves, during low tide, natural pools make a cameo appearance – the perfect spot for a refreshing dip, especially if you are traveling with children. You can enjoy your time exploring these pools, uncovering treasures like crabs, fish, and even starfish. Just keep in mind that when the tide is high, the beach almost vanishes, so plan your return to Cofete accordingly, maybe with a detour inland.
Mirador de Cofete
The Mirador de Cofete is a must-see if you enjoy panoramic views! Here, you’ll marvel at the vastness of Playa de Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura and spot other gems on the island like Pico de la Zarza, the village of Cofete, and the intriguing Casa Winter.
The viewpoint is right on the road to Playa Cofete, so you will need a 4WD car to get here—even if you’re not planning to conquer the mountain! Trust me, the views are absolutely worth it, and if you’re lucky, you might even meet some friendly goats along the way!
Mirador de los Canarios
And finally, there’s the Mirador de Los Canarios – another spot boasting spectacular coastal views. To get here, you need to take a short walk which is an adventure in itself. Start your journey by driving to Barranco de los Canarios, and right by the gas station, you’ll find the trailhead.
From the parking lot, it’s approximately 3 miles of uphill exploration, a journey that will take you about an hour. Of course, if the scenic landscape calls for a photo pitstop, feel free to add a bit more time to your adventure.
I recommend planning your visit to catch the sunset. We went for it, watching the sun gracefully dip below the horizon, and let me tell you, it was pure magic. If you ask me, experiencing this is one of the best things to do on the Jandía Peninsula.
How to get to Cofete Beach
If you’re not sure how to get to the stunning Cofete Beach, no worries—there are a few ways to go about it. Your choice depends on how you plan to get around Fuerteventura. Here are the details to guide you:
Getting to Cofete by car
If you decide to rent a car in Fuerteventura, you’re in for a smooth ride. The routes are well-marked, making navigation a breeze. Starting from the town of Morro Jable, it’s just around 12.5 miles, so it’s a pretty short and sweet drive.
However, the last 6 miles are on a dirt road with many stones, so it is recommended to exercise caution. There’s a particularly exposed cliff section that demands careful driving. This cliff can be quite dangerous, so if you don’t have experience driving on this type of route, consider an organized tour for a worry-free adventure. But if you decide to drive yourself, I recommend renting a 4WD car.
Bus to Playa Cofete
If you are looking for a way to travel cheaply and don’t mind trading a bit of comfort to save money, you can use the Playa Cofete bus services (Line 111) on the island of Fuerteventura to reach Playa Cofete.
The bus (or guagua) departs from Morro Jable to Cofete at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with return trips from Cofete to Morro Jable at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. I highly recommend planning your visit well in advance because Cofete bus services have limited schedules. If you miss the last one, you’ll need to explore alternative options.
Of course, using the bus to reach Cofete Beach involves a trade-off since it’s not as comfortable as using your own car. But the ticket cost of €8.70 each way makes it a fairly affordable choice for getting to your destination.
Excursion to Cofete Beach
If you’d rather not take the risk of navigating challenging roads with a rental car, or if you simply want to focus on the joy of the experience, taking a tour to Cofete Beach is your best bet.
Our first attempt driving to this beach wasn’t the smoothest, as we underestimated the road conditions. That’s why I always emphasize the importance of caution. In any case, selecting a Cofete tour that suits your preferences and budget is your best chance to ensure a delightful experience.
One of the most popular excursions in Fuerteventura is this jeep tour. The tour is conducted in an all-terrain vehicle, and it stands out as one of the best ways to uncover the enchantment of Playa Cofete. Plus, it includes a satisfying lunch at a traditional restaurant in the town of El Puertito. Upon your return, there’s more to explore with stops at other iconic spots on the Majorera island, including the historic Punta Jandía Lighthouse, the southernmost point of the island, and the captivating “Hill of Love” – one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Fuerteventura.
Hiking to Cofete Beach
For the adventurous souls out there, one of the most captivating ways to reach Cofete Beach is by taking one of the scenic hiking trails in Fuerteventura. The trail from Gran Valle to the beach is not just a simple journey; it’s an incredible exploration that will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes round-trip, offering breathtaking panoramic views that will leave you in awe.
The trail begins near Morro Jable, at the parking lot along the road to Puerto de Jandía, marked by informative signs. Over the nearly 4.3 miles, you’ll traverse majestic mountain ranges, where you’ll find remnants of aboriginal homes and the famous Jandía cardones, a type of cactus, along the way. It’s a splendid opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the picturesque Canarian landscapes. Once at the beach, you can reward yourself with a refreshing dip.
Keep in mind that this route is round-trip, so as your beach day concludes, you’ll trace your steps back through the Jandía Massif unless you’ve arranged for a return trip by car or bus to Cofete Beach.
Where to stay near Cofete Beach
The best way to visit Playa de Cofete is by staying in one of the hotels in Morro Jable, which is one of the nicest places to stay in Fuerteventura. Not only is Morro Jable one of the most charming towns on the island, but its strategic location makes it ideal for exploring Cofete Beach and its surroundings. Here are some accommodation suggestions:
- Luxury: For those seeking a luxurious experience, the Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace is a top choice. Offering a comprehensive all-inclusive package and upscale facilities, it provides the perfect retreat to unwind after a day of exploration. As one of the few 5-star hotels in Fuerteventura, its elegant rooms and excellent service ensure an enjoyable and convenient stay.
- Mid-price: If you prefer a more relaxed and flexible spot that feels like home, the Matorral Apartments are an excellent option. These apartments offer spacious rooms at affordable prices which makes them ideal for traveling with your family or with a group of friends. Keep in mind that they rank among the most popular apartments in Morro Jable, so I highly recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.
- Budget: Opting for the Palm Garden Apartments allows you to enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the best apartments in Jandía at unbeatable prices. While the apartments are relatively simple, they provide everything you need for a few days with all the comforts required. It’s a budget-friendly option without compromising on essentials.
Restaurante Cofete Pepe El Faro, the only dining spot in Cofete
As I mentioned before, Cofete is a very small village. So, as for dining spots, you have to go for the one and only eatery in the village – Restaurante Cofete Pepe El Faro. Don’t let the limited options deter you, though; this restaurant serves up exquisite Canarian cuisine, making it the perfect place to refuel before continuing your exploration.
The hospitality we experienced was top-notch. We ordered potatoes with red mojo and a selection of goat cheeses, and we were treated to a spectacular culinary experience. Later, we couldn’t resist sampling some of the fresh fish dishes from the menu, and it proved to be another culinary triumph.
However, keep in mind that they do not accept reservations, so you may have to wait a little for a table. The restaurant is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
So, there you have it – your guide to Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura. I hope this information helps you plan your visit. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I will be delighted to hear from you.
Enjoy your time in Cofete, Fuerteventura!