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Lanzarote is one of the islands that form the Canaries, a very popular attraction for tourists from all over the world due to the fact that these islands enjoy warm and mild temperatures all year round. But it is not only a paradise because of its temperatures, volcanic landscapes and gastronomy, but it also has extraordinary natural beaches.
These beaches are so spectacular that their waves are about to be declared as a natural heritage and leading tourist destination of the islands. Lanzarote has more than 25 beaches, from small hidden coves to some with a length of more than 5 kilometres. In these beaches you will be able to surf whatever your surf level is.
Best Lanzarote’s waves and beaches
If you are willing to learn surfing or have a beginner’s level we recommend you to go to Famara beach, which is next to Caleta de Famara. In this beach there are several surfing schools that will help you improve your level. Moreover, they will rent you the surfboard and the neoprene in case you need it. This beach is more than five kilometres long, so you won’t have to worry about bumping into other surfers or bathers as you will be more spread out than on a smaller beach. Also, another advantage is that this beach has no rocks under the water so in case you fall off the surfboard you will not be in danger of harming yourself. The access to the beach is very easy whether you take your own car, or if you go by taxi or bus.
If you are really interested in learning how to surf we recommend you to take an intensive course of 3 days or more in a surf camp in Famara, where you will enjoy the company of highly experienced teachers and of people with your same tastes. Another safe place to start surfing in Lanzarote is Arrieta’s beach, with crystal clear water and all the necessary measures to make your initiation into surfing as fun as possible. If you want to know more about surf camps we recommend you read this article.
However, if you are more experienced and have an advanced surfing level, we recommend you go to La Santa beach. This beach is not recommended for beginners because of its water currents and the intensity and danger of its waves. Within La Santa beach, one of its best known spots is “El Quemao”, distinguished by its strong waves that form tubes worthy of admiration. You must be very careful as these waves break over rocks and if you fall while catching a tube you can get hurt. It is a very unique and prestigious appeal for surfers from all over the world.
The best season to practice this sport on Lanzarote is from autumn to winter as some beaches need east or southeast wind. However, it is also worth mentioning that most beaches have waves 365 days a year.
Surfcamps on Lanzarote
If you are looking for a 100% surfing experience we recommend you to go to one of the surf camps that Lanzarote offers. These places are visited by surfers from all over the world who want to practice this sport, meet people close to surfing and enjoy an environment that suits their tastes. Here, you will discover people with whom you will have very interesting talks about surfing. Additionally, you will learn a lot of surfing values.
We strongly recommend these surf camps since the attention dedicated to each beginner to improve all their techniques and tools related to this sport are key in the learning process. These surfcamp offers you the possibility to stay 3 days or more sleeping there, and with surf lessons from 2 and a half hours a day for beginners and up to 5 hours a day for more experienced surfers. Once you finish we assure you that you will have noticed an improvement in your surfing level.
On these sites, you will also benefit from information related to sea conditions such as tides and spots. This advice is ideal for those who do not know much about the area. It is crucial to be informed in order to be able to catch the best tubes. Another aspect that you will appreciate is that even if you go alone to these surf camps, you never end up surfing alone, as you will always have either a friend or a monitor with you to keep you calm.
Tourist attractions of Lanzarote
In this paradise island you will not only be able to enjoy the wonderful waves that their beaches have, but also many tourist appealings. You can’t visit Lanzarote without visiting the Timanfaya National Park (also called “The mountains of Fire”), the green cave (volcanic tube originated by the Eruption of the Corona Volcano), and the Jameos del Agua (volcanic tunnel with caves).
Once you are in Lanzarote it is also worthwhile to visit La Graciosa island. In order to go there, you will have to take a half hour ferry. This small island belongs to the Teguise’ municipality. There you will be able to go for a bike ride, rent an SUV or enjoy the local gastronomy of this area such as the red and green mojo sauces.