South of Fuerteventura on its windward coast, where there is no civilization or asphalt roads and where the highest peak of the island is hidden behind an impressive mountain range, you find one of the largest natural and scenic riches of the Canary Islands: Cofete. Famous for its its long wild beach of white sand and rough waters, the desolate landscape and a mysterious halo that has inspired to write stories and novels, this gem of Fuerteventura is definitely a visit not to be missed.
The wildest beach
Morro de Jable, an absolutely spectacular hidden beach, is a half an hour drive down a dirt track from the last population south of Fuerteventura. Before getting to the beach, when you go past the mountains that isolate it completely from the rest of the island and the descent begins, there is a small viewpoint from which you will think the journey has been worthwhile: a wild, unspoiled and breathtaking landscape. It is the view of an over 12 km long white sand beach, a lively and wild ocean hitting the shore, protected from the rest of the world by the mountain massif of Jandía, which houses the highest point in Fuerteventura, Peak Bramble, 807 meters above the sea level in Cofete. Wherever you look at, the picture will leave you dumbfounded. Almost no construction has got there; just a few houses in the tiny village of Cofete and the famous and mysterious Vila Winter, which rises, strange and out of place, in the middle of nowhere to stir the imagination of the beholder.
Cofete beach has been chosen several times by the visitors themselves as one of the best beaches in Spain and Europe.
Myths, legends and fiction
The enigmatic and magical halo that surrounds this area south of the island has been the inspiration for writers, film-makers and journalists to tell their stories to the world.
Alberto Vazquez Figueroa in his book Fuerteventura says that, during the Second World War, German submarines lurked and refuelled in Cofete, a fictitious story that has given rise to countless myths. Lucia Etxebarria also makes use of this area of the world to write his thriller El Contenido del Silencio.
This landscape, enigmatic and touching at a time, has also served as a stage for national and international films and advertising campaigns for big brands. This is the case, for example, of the film Exodus: Gods and Kings , by the famous director Ridley Scott, who sets some of the most important passages of the famous story of the Exodus of Moses in the sand and waters of Cofete.
Cofete has something that sparks the imagination and invites to fantasize … make sure to visit it and make up your own story.