We stayed in No. 7 which is an upstairs apartment with a veranda facing the sea. It is completely private, overlooked by no one. The apartment is very bright and clean, and comfortable with one double room, one twin, a shower room and a through kitchen, lounge, diner, with a sofa and easy chairs. Well equipped, even with a tv, dvd player and radio - not that we used them. There is a cupboard full of paperbacks. The electricity goes off in the afternoon and again at night - but not a problem. They provide a large battery lamp thing. We always had hot water when we wanted it for showers and the fridge never seemed to be off. Never used the cooker or the micro wave. There is a toaster. You need to take your own beach towels. Other towels are changed during the week. There is a beach brolly, but that needs some controlling as it is very windy here.
Spent most of the days on the beach, amazing rock formations. I love snorkelling, and although the creatures do not match say the Maldives or the Caribbean in colour, they are still plentiful. The rise and fall of the tide is quite considerable, so it is possible to get to the outer lagoons as well as the one closer in. I was never aware of any currents. The water temperature was ok - bit chilly but soon got used to it. Only saw one person wearing a wetsuit. Fish you will see include - mullet, bream, chromis, parrot fish, blennies, wrasse, salemas, etc.
We ate out most evenings. Our favourite restaurant in El Cotillo was Casa Rustica, go for the fish and seafood stew, followed by the Beach Restaurant on the lagoon beach, have the fish of the day - and have the same at the Blue Cow. The beach restaurant is open from lunchtime but shuts at dusk. Run by English couple. Mare Alta - tapas bar was never open when we were there. Not so keen on Azzurro's. In Corralejo recommend Agua bar right on the harbour front for amazing cocktails, juices, and baguettes. We visited the fishing museum at the lighthouse - interesting and includes a climb up the smaller tower. Also supported the Clean Ocean Project at Lajares, t.shirts etc. bit like our Surfers Against Sewage, and went in this huge artesania shop with local souvenirs, including lace. Lajares has all these surf bars and shops - and is nowhere near the sea! Drank Honey Rum - gorgeous and the mojo verte sauce is really nice. The local beer is quite drinkable - Tropical - a sort of lager. Couldn't find a bitter. We used the supermarket on the way into El Cotillo. Prices were reasonable, and the prices in the restaurants were in the main really reasonable.
Clothes - lived in bikini, rash vests, t shirts and shorts. Out in the evening wore cut off jeans, skirt, and husband wore shorts. Because of the wind it can feel a bit cool at night - so might need a light weight top or cardigan. El Cotillo is a small fishing village with holiday apartments - compared to Corralejo it could never be called a resort. It is very laid back, relaxed, and friendly.
We hired a car through Cicar - easy pick up and return to the airport, and roads are suprisingly good. Flew with Thomson from Bristol. Usual tight seats - but just bearable for the flight time. On the way out the movie sound was not working. Took our own food and drink.
Overall we had a brilliant week and if we do return I wouldn't think to stay in any other apartment than No. 7.
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