Formerly a wonderful lighthouse that has now been converted into a museum, the El Tostón Lighthouse, in El Cotillo, in the north of Fuerteventura, now houses the Traditional Fishing Museum.
It was built in 1897 to mark the La Bocayna strait that separates Fuerteventura and the adjacent island of Lanzarote.
The lighthouse remains active and has been remodelled multiple times since its construction to adapt it for new requirements until it obtained the current three-tower structure.
Museo de la Pesca Tradicional (Traditional Fishing Museum)
El Cotillo has always been a town with strong links to fishing, which has been the main livelihood of the families in the area for decades. Even now, with the rise of tourism, El Cotillo has maintained its seafaring flavour.
This is why the El Tostón Lighthouse is home to a Traditional Fishing Museum, which is open from 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Saturday and aims to honour all the fishermen who have made their work into an artform.
As well as being able to learn first-hand the secrets, boats, history, and the methods of the protagonists from an important part of Fuerteventura’s history, a visit to the museum is complemented by a visit to the nooks and crannies of this peculiar lighthouse that has been guiding ships for over a century, in addition to being able to enjoy its fantastic coastal surroundings.