Carretera de la playa de Cofete

The road to Playa de Cofete is worth the white-knuckle drive

Extreme dirt track with a length of 10.5km, leading to Cofete Beach, in the western part of the Jandia peninsula, in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. The history of the road is the subject of several conspiracy theories, often involving Nazis.

The route starts in the village of Morro Jable, head towards the commercial dock, just before reaching the dock, go down a slope, you are on the right with a dirt track, this is the access to be taken, after traveling about 11 km your find a wide track on the right, for 1.5 km that rises to the top of the Moro Mountain 230m of altitude, here you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the beach. You will start the descent which stretches about 5 miles of sinuous curves up to a small shanty town with a small bar, after 1 km your come to the beach.
Cofete is located on the Barlovento (windward) coast of Jandia. To reach this town, the road, starts in Morro Jable. This road is signposted to Cofete. After 2 km, the road becomes a dirt track. The road is extremely narrow in some places, and includes steep drops to the side. The trip is best done in a jeep or four wheel drive vehicle. The road was built during Hitler and Franco times (end of 1930’s), to give access to the zone. Their friendship made it possible, for a major part of the peninsula Jandia to be declared a military zone where no people were allowed. For the construction of the road to Cofete political prisoners from the concentration camp in Tefia were used. 

The track only allows for single file traffic in some places. Some of these places have steep drops to the side, and the journey is best done in a jeep or four wheel drive vehicle. The surface of the road is gravel and sand. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers. The road gives access to Villa Winter, a house that rumours say it was used as a clinic, where Nazi criminals underwent plastic surgery to change their appearance so they could start a new life in South America. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen that these 'guests' were brought up to the coast of Jandia in submarines. But they also might have arrived by plane, because during the last phase of the war, several planes were landing and taking off every night.
Pic: Christian von dem Knesebeck


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