Top 10 Best Places to Surf in Spain
With more than 1,500 kilometers of coastline along the Atlantic, Cantabric and Mediterranean, and a diverse topography ranging from sandy beaches and turquoise waters to rocky cliffs, Spain has some of the best surfing spots in Europe. With chilly waters up north to a cooler temperate southern coast, there is something for everyone, from beginners to world-class professionals.
- Mundaka, Vizcaya
There is not a more perfect or long left wave in the Spain or in Europe. Probably between the top ten best in the world and arguably the best river mouth wave. It can reach up to five meters in height in high season.
The unique layout of this bay-meets-estuary was created over the years due to natural deposits, sculpted by the tide and has created a sandbar that forms perfectly-hollowed, consistent tube waves, which have given Mundaka a reputation as one of the best lefts in the world.
- Razo, La Coruña
Razo Beach is located close to La Coruña, in Galicia, land of rivers and estuaries.
This Beach is a long stretch of sand with many sandbanks that produce perfect waves ideal for every surf level, having left and right peaks independently of the tide point. As the beach is so open, its exposure guarantees consistently good waves even in the smallest of swells.
Rarely crowded, this makes this spot one of the best places to learn to surf in Spain!
- Rodiles, Asturias
Considered Mundaka's little sister, this is a world-class bay-meets-estuary mouth left-hander slightly shorter than Mundaka. It is a very versatile break, a fast, powerful and fun left that, at low tide, can give you perfect tubes.
Surrounded by stunning landscapes, an idyllic place of sky-blue waters, perfect for surf, where you can ride the perfect hollow lefts in low to mid tide for up to 3 meters.
- Zarautz, Gipuzkoa
Zarautz beach is one of the best surfers quarries in all of Europe, with perfect waves to learn to surf. The fact that the WQS is hosted here every September shows the high-quality waves there are here. A sandy beach which has the distinction of being the longest beach in the Basque Country, which means there are many different breaks to choose from, but at the same time almost always crowded and highly competitive.
- El Palmar, Cadiz
El Palmar is an spectacular wild beach with more than five kilometers long and one of the best beaches for surfing in Cadiz. Right and left peaks, good wedges and tubes that are not forgotten. Constancy and quality, those are the magic words of this spot. It is true that the waves here are less powerful than in the north of Spain.
- Playa de Pantin, La Coruña
Located between Ferrol and Cedeira, Pantín beach is the venue for the Classic Galicia Pro, a valid test for the World Surf League. Despite Razo being more suitable for all levels of Surf, Pantín is the considered the cathedral of Galician surfing, a break that gives waves throughout the year and that withstands a great variety of conditions. The beach topography is awesome, with aquamarine waters, pristine sand, and virgin green headlands.
- El Quemao, Canarias
El Quemao is the magical break of the island Lanzarote. The reef here produces one of the best fast left-break barrels in the world, which can reach up to 6 meters, only for experts. Best at mid-to-high tide these powerful tubes draw surfers from all over the world. There are sometimes when right breaks as well, but it is less common.
The archipelago of the Canary Islands has become a surfing paradise visited by fans from all over the world. The long sunny days, the stable climate and the water temperature, around 20º throughout the year, allows you to surf every day for as many hours as you want.
- Corralejo, Fuerteventura.
There is not just one peak in Fuerteventura that we can focus on. Near Corralejo, Bristol and Rocky Point are two great ones. You can also, go surfing at Isla de Lobos, which can be seen across the water from town and is accessible by ferry, is especially popular, as it’s the longest wave on the islands.
The island’s best spot for Advanced surfers is El Hierro, for the legendary left-hand tube wave, and The Bubble, a right-and-left reef break that goes down fast and hard.
- Playa De Somo, Cantabria
With over 8 km of left and right consistent breaks, Somo has good peaks that go up to 3 meters. With small to medium swells, these sandbanks produce waves suitable for all levels.
This beach has all the surfing facilities so you could literally spend weeks here relaxing, surfing and socializing over drinks in the evening.
- Meñakoz, Vizcaya
The most complete big wave in the Basque Country and Spain, a wave with great force that can reach sessions of up to 7 meters. With an old reputation among European big riders as an extreme surf spot, Meñakoz is becoming increasingly popular and a regular place to surf. We are talking about a highly dangerous big-wave spot for experts only, with razor-sharp rocks, very strong rips and two-wave hold downs.