The Canary Islands are known for their great surfing destinations. There are perfect spots for beginners as well as experienced surfers. The best time of year to go surfing in the Canary Islands is any time between September and April, although the weather can be quite cool and sometimes rainy in December and January. More experienced surfers will probably prefer visiting between November and February when the waves are at their highest. The peak season, from May to the end of August should be avoided, since the sea is often calm and there are many tourists around. Consider some of the following top surf spots for your next Canary Island holiday.
1 – El Quemao
This surf spot in the island of Lanzarote is undoubtedly the best in the Canary Islands – but it is not recommended for beginners. With wave heights up to sixteen feet, you will need to be prepared for quite a challenge! There are a lot of jagged rocks in the area, so it is a good idea to bring adequate protection for your feet and, if coming in the winter months, a wetsuit is highly recommended as well.
2 – Los Lobos
This surf spot is located in the island of Fuerteventura. This is one of the more exotic surf spots in the Canary Islands. Here you will get to surf around the base of an ancient volcano and be surrounded by splendid scenery. Be aware, however, that this place can be dangerous since there is a shallow reef and sharks are sometimes sighted in the area. The waves are usually around five feet high, although the sea often swells to eight feet.
3 – Morro Negro
In the island of Lanzarote, Morro Negro is another great spot for more experienced surfers, particularly those who are used to surfing over reefs. The fearsome Atlantic swell can reach heights of sixteen feet here. It is also one of the more popular surfing spots in the Canary Islands, being frequented by both holidaymakers and locals alike.
4 – El Confital
Located in Gran Canaria, El Confital offers one of the top right-hand reef surfing spots in the islands. Rides can be as long as 150 metres on reef waves of up to ten feet. This is one of the most popular destinations for locals who enjoy surfing and it can get quite crowded at any time of year. To avoid the crowds, it is best to go during the week.
5 – Playa de Cotillo
This place in the island of Fuerteventura is one of the more beginner-friendly surf spots in the Canary Islands. It does not present many of the dangers found in the more perilous surf spots previous mentioned. For fun waves with optimal heights of three to five feet, Playa de Cotillo is a great choice. The beach is quite easy to get to, being very close to the small town of Cotillo. It is rarely crowded, except in peak season.
This guest post was contributed by Justin Epley on behalf Marriott.com – find out about their Austin hotels. Justin is a freelance travel writer and an avid surfer.