The best 3 surf spots in the Canary Islands

Vacation break with a wave break!

Surfing in the Canary Islands is a must for water sports lovers! If you're thinking of having a sea adventure soon, read about the top 3 surf spots in the Canaries and find info about traveling around the island group.

Tip: check the latest ferry timetables for Spain to plan your surfing trip in the archipelago!

Surfboard on a beach in the Canary Islands

Wooden surfboard on a sandy beach in the Canaries

Why the Canary Islands are the best for surfing?

The Canary island group has ideal conditions for surfing, it enjoys great weather all year long and it has been a staple for surfers around the world since the ‘70s. Temperatures rarely fall below 20°C, the sun is almost always shining and the waters are warm and inviting.

The location of the islands in the Atlantic Ocean means they are exposed to strong off-shore winds, which create some of the best surfing conditions in the world. Powerful swells generated in the North Atlantic Ocean are very common and one can find more than 100 great breaks around the islands!

The diverse natural landscape of the Canary Islands means everyone can surf there. There are perfect surf spots for beginners, as well as more demanding spots with impressive waves!

El Quemao wave in the Canary Islands

The famous surf spot ‘El Quemao’ in La Santa with impressive wave breaks

Best 3 surf spots in the Canaries

There's a multitude of perfect surf spots in the Canary Islands. Each local surf group have their own favorite beach and wave! We recommend that you visit as many of the spots as you can and see for yourself.

Here are the best 3 surf spots in the Canary Islands according to ferryhoppers:

  1. El Quemao in Lanzarote: This surf spot produces some of the most hardcore waves in the world! It is said that breaks are so intense you can see them from miles away. El Quemao is located close to the village of La Santa in Lanzarote. It is only suitable for experienced surfers and it produces strong and fast tubes, perfect for thrill-seekers. It is one of the most popular and frequented surf spots on the island.
  2. The Bubble in Fuerteventura: The Bubble is a great surf spot in the village of Majanicho in Fuerteventura. The coast of Majanicho is wild and untamed, perfect for advanced surfers. The most impressive waves are found in the El Hierro Beach, where the lava reef works as a fantastic breaking point. The best time to visit this spot is during weekdays.
  3. El Confital in Gran Canaria: The beach of El Confital is just a 10-minute drive from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, but most locals walk to the beach. The beach is perfect for surfing and it is considered one of the top surf beaches in Europe. There are strong and fast waves that break over a volcanic ledge. Although it is one of the busiest spots in Gran Canaria, there are several breaking points for take-off.

Tip: There are many surfer clubs, hostels and camps in the Canary Islands. You can meet other surf enthusiasts, explore the best waves as a group and learn tips from locals!

Rocky beach for surfing in Fuerteventura

Nice swell at the Puerto de Los Molinos in Fuerteventura

When can you surf in the Canary Islands?

The best period to surf in the Canary Islands is from September to April. The weather conditions are perfect and the sea is warm year-long. There are strong winds and the beaches are less busy, leaving plenty of room for exploration. The winter months are ideal for large waves and experienced surfers, whereas during the summer you will find some good swells, but there are also some quiet spells.

Surfing for beginners in the Canaries

There are many spots for surfing amateurs in the Canary Islands. You can find surf schools and clubs to train and learn all about hitting the waves! Some of the best surf spots for beginners are: El Arenal in Tenerife, El Cotillo in Fuerteventura, and Famara in Lanzarote. 

Tip: Make sure to check weather conditions on the day of visiting, as there can be larger swells and waves occasionally.

Are there sharks in the Canary Islands?

There are only limited shark sightings in the Canary Islands. Although the island complex is home to more than 50 species of sharks, it is rather unlikely that they approach the shore. We recommend that you stay vigilant, particularly if you’re diving in the open sea, but it’s perfectly safe to enjoy the waters and surf, swim or dive in the Canary archipelago.

Beach with breakwater in Gran Canaria

Waves crashing against a breakwater in Gran Canaria

How do you get around the Canary Islands?

The best way to get around the Canary Islands is by ferry. There are frequent ferry crossings between the islands, as well as from mainland Spain, so that you can visit the top beaches, surf at the best spots and explore the nature of each island with ease.

You can combine your surfing retreat with island hopping in the Canaries. Choose your favorite surf spots, plan your itinerary and book ferry tickets on Ferryhopper!

Here’s a list with some of the most popular routes for the Canary Islands:

  • Ferry from Huelva to Lanzarote: There is 1 weekly crossing from Huelva to Lanzarote, arriving at the port of Arrecife. The route is serviced by FRS and the trip duration is 27h 30min.
  • Ferry from Huelva to Gran Canaria: You can get from Huelva to Gran Canaria 3 times a week with Fred. Olsen Express, FRS and occasionally more companies. The crossing lasts 33-37 hours.
  • Ferry from Tenerife to Gran Canaria: There are multiple daily crossings from Tenerife to Gran Canaria serviced by Naviera Armas, Fred. Olsen Express and Trasmediterránea. The fastest ferry makes the trip in 1.5 hours on average.
  • Ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura: You can travel from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura daily. There are around 70 weekly crossings serviced by Fred. Olsen Express, Naviera Armas and Líneas Marítimas Romero and it takes 30 minutes to reach the island of Fuerteventura.
  • Ferry from Tenerife to El Hierro: There are 7 weekly crossings between Tenerife and El Hierro. The trip duration is 2h 30min and the route is normally serviced by Naviera Armas.

Tip: Explore all island-hopping routes for the Canary Islands to plan your itinerary!

The lighthouse of Bajamar in Tenerife

Waves striking the impressive lighthouse of Bajamar in Tenerife

Where to book ferry tickets to the Canary Islands?

On Ferryhopper, you can compare ferry companies, schedules and routes to plan the perfect trip to the Canaries. Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries contains information on all routes for the Canary Islands with up-to-date fares. Book cheap ferry tickets in just a few clicks and enjoy your vacation with confidence!

Tip: don't forget to check our coronavirus guide for ferry travel in Spain before booking your trip!

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