They say happiness comes in waves, and that’s certainly true about surfing in the Canary Islands.
Located just 100km off the west coast of Africa, the Canaries benefit from a year-round mild climate, making this an ideal destination for a surfing holiday any time of the year.
However, probably the best time is November through to February when you can expect to experience a regular and constant swell, and the water remains at a constant 18-21º centigrade.
The four most popular regions within the Canaries for surfing are :
- the north coast of Lanzarote
- the south coast of Tenerife
- southern Fuerteventura
- north coast of Tenerife
Surfing in Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the closest of the islands to Africa, and benefits from a build up of sand from the Sahara. As a result, this provides some excellent beaches to match the surfing conditions found here, all helped by the lava rock reefs.
Go northwards on Fuerteventura to the resort of El Cotillo where the more experienced surfer should make for a spot known as ‘Bubbles’ where waves break over the reefs and rocks.
In the south of the island is Playa de Sotavento de Jandia. This resort plays host to a leg of the Windsurfing World Championships. You can also find Barlovento de Jandia in this part of Fuerteventura. This resort can experience very windy conditions, but as a result will benefit from excellent waves – but strong currents.
Surfing in Lanzarote
The north coast of Lanzarote has swells that hit the island at full force. In fact, head to La Caleta de Famara, as this is where you can find world-class surf breaks. It is also one of the best beaches on Lanzarote.
Surfing in Tenerife
If Tenerife is your island of choice, the resort of El Medano is probably the best known for its surf as it’s considered one of the best places in the world for windsurfing and international competitions being held here every year.
So, come to the Canary Islands for your surfing holiday – if you never try, you’ll never know.