9 perfect beaches in Spain for surfing this summer

In Spain there are kilometers of beaches for surfing and learn this sport. The sun is starting to shine in many parts of Spain. The borders between communities remain (for now) open. Holidays are just around the corner for many. All these create the perfect cocktail to start thinking about a trip or a weekend getaway to places where you can relax or escape from routine.

One of the options for the more adventurous can be a surfing trip. Spain, with its more than 7,500 kilometers of coastline, has hundreds of beaches where you can enjoy this increasingly popular activity.

And no wonder why. One of the beaches in the Basque Country has hosted the world surfing circuit nine times. And even in Murcia there are schools that teach this sport. In Madrid there is also a place where you can surf. There is a wide range on offer.

El Palmar beach, Cádiz

Although the south of Spain is not the best area in the country for surfing, if you like to travel to this area, this is a good beach to start your journey. 11 kilometres from the town of Vejer de la Frontera, the wide beach of El Palmar runs parallel, almost joining the municipality of Conil de la Frontera with the cape Trafalgar.

This place, which has lagged behind tourist development, lacks large buildings and infrastructures for now. In fact, this is the reason why many choose to spend their holidays here: what better way to add a touch of excitement and newness to a peaceful stay?

El Palmar beach

El Palmar beach in Cádiz. | Shutterstock

Rihuete beach, Murcia

At Rihuete beach, at a ten-minute drive from the town of Mazarrón, it is also possible to surf. Again, in this case, it can also be an activity to accompany a relaxing getaway. The Bahía Surf school offers classes, as well as the possibility of signing up for trips to other communities.

Rihuete Beach

Rihuete beach in Murcia. | Shutterstock

Las Américas beach, Tenerife

The Canary Islands, as well as having a great weather, amazing gastronomy and exceptional landscapes, is one of the best areas in Spain, and even Europe, for surfing. Whether you are a beginner or already have the board under control. The islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Graciosa are suitable for learning.

In Tenerife there are many beaches where you can enjoy this sport all year round. One of them, considered one of the best, is Las Américas beach. Located in the southwest of the island, it is home to the left wave of Las Palmeras, the most outstanding on the island.

Playa de las Américas

Las Américas beach in Tenerife. | Shutterstock

Las Canteras beach, Gran Canaria

Tenerife’s neighbour, Gran Canaria, also offers a wide range of surfing for all levels. Las Canteras beach stands out for having one of the best right-hand waves on the island.

This surfing enclave is located in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria itself. Frequented by tourists all year round, it is one of the most important beaches in the area.

Las Canteras Beach

Las Canteras beach in Gran Canaria. | Shutterstock

Laitdatxu beach, Basque Country

Where surfing has undoubtedly become a way of life for many is in the north of the peninsula. Many lovers of this sport look to Cantabria, the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia for waves to tame, while enjoying beautiful natural enclaves. It is also fun to follow the wave forecasts and travel from one beach to another in search of the best.

On the left bank of the mouth of the Mundaka estuary, in the north of Bizkaia, hides the municipality of Mundaka. Inherited its name from a 15th century legend, this location is home to a world-famous wave on its Laitdaxu beach. This is its left wave, one of the best in Europe. It can reach four meters and up to 400 metres along a route that runs from the Mundaka bar to Laida beach. We are talking about a destination frequented by great surfers and which has hosted the world championship of this discipline on 9 occasions. Despite the difficulty and beauty of its famous wave, Laitdatxu also allows you to learn how to surf in its waters.

Mundaka beach

Mundaka beach in the Basque Country. | Shutterstock

Santa Marina beach, Asturias

A pretty fishing village, surrounded by sea and greenery, fed by cider and cachopos and flooded with hundreds of surfers every day. In Ribadesella, there is never a shortage of riders in the water. Especially at weekends and during the summer, the beach of San Marina is crowded with children and young people eager to learn the sport. Meanwhile, the more experienced surfers seek out their own waves. With a long surfing tradition, the beach of Ribadesella is sheltered from all winds, only at the mercy of the north wind.


Ribadesella, Asturias. | Sutterstock

Somo beach, Cantabria

In Cantabria there are also dozens of beaches perfect for surfers. Langre, Liencres, Loredo, San Vicente de la Barquera, Berria… There is plenty to choose from. But, without a doubt, one of the favourite spots in the region for taking to the sea is in the village of Somo. For many fans of this activity, it is the place to start.

Located at the entrance to the Bay of Santander, it is the best known village in Ribamontán al Mar. Its beach is two kilometres long and has strong waves. The Cantabrian capital can be seen directly opposite.

Somo beach

Somo beach. | Shutterstock

Pantín Beach, A Coruña

Galicia, although perhaps less famous than its northern neighbours as far as surfing is concerned, also has several beaches where this activity can be practised. The beaches of Areamaior or Bastiaguiero can work very well for beginners. Razo, San Román, Patos, Lanzada… can also be another option. However, Pantín beach, located in the municipality of Valdoviño, stands out.

With strong waves and a tenacious wind, Pantín is home to the famous Pantín-Classic event. Included in the World Surf League, this 2021 event will be held between 16 June and 4 July.

Pantín beach

A surfer at Pantín beach in Galicia. | Shutterstock

Surfing in Madrid

Yes, it is possible. Faced with the lack of waves in the capital, they have invented them. Citywave Madrid is a wave pool located in the Madrid X shopping center in Alcorcón. It opened a year ago and can be a form of training for people who cannot travel regularly to the sea. It can also be a good option for those who have more than just respect for the ocean. While it is not the same as being at sea, it is a different activity in which to continue learning.


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