Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands boast some of the best surfing spots in all of Europe. They are also among the top European destinations for a wide range of water sports.
Surfing enthusiasts and professionals flock to the islands to learn how to surf at one of the many surf schools while enjoying water temperatures that hover around 68ºF most of the year. You can expect permanent spring weather, nine to ten hours of sunshine a day, volcanic landscapes and quality waves on dream beaches. Are you in?
Now you just have to choose your beach and enjoy taking a dip in the revitalizing ocean waves.
El Confital Beach, on the northeast of the island of Gran Canaria, is a suitable place for the most experienced surfers. International surfing championships such as the Red Bull Rivals have been held here. The strong swell provides fast and powerful waves, shaping incredibly high-quality tubes. Breaking righthanded on volcanic bedrock, its waves are considered the best-righthanded reef break (a term used when waves break on a rocky bottom) in these islands. However, it is not recommended for beginner surfers, since the rocks at the bottom are dangerous and the currents can bring you close to the cliffs.
If you are still a beginner, consider checking out the surfing schools located at the beach of Las Americas in southern Tenerife. Here you will find the most popular surfing spot on the island, Izquierda de Las Palmeras. It has hosted world surfing events such as the WQS (World Qualifying Series) and ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) championships. The left-hand waves tend to be long and of medium difficulty and are thus suitable for beginners.
On the island of Fuerteventura, El Hierro Beach is the most famous surfing spot. It’s known for its quality breakers — fast, hollow waves that tend to form tubes and break over a considerably deep volcanic bed.
From the fishing village of La Santa, in Lanzarote, you can see the El Quemao beach, renowned as one of the world’s best surfing spots, but also one of the most feared and intimidating in the Canary Islands. That’s why only experienced and skilled professionals should surf it. The swell is very strong, giving rise to fast and deep tubes. October to March is the ideal time to visit this beach in Lanzarote.
The best of surfing in the Canary Islands? You’ll practice your favorite sport while exploring unique volcanic landscapes, tasting the exotic local cuisine and discovering a little-known heritage in a destination where fall and winter weather are as lovely as spring.
The large number of beaches allows you to visit different spots in a very short period of time in search of the big wave.
Fuerteventura, with its magnificent white sand beaches, is also an essential destination for windsurfing and scuba diving lovers.
The archipelago is home to seven Biosphere Reserves and four national parks.