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The best surf spots in Spain

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The best surf spots in Spain


The North of Spain is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s very best surf zones, especially for beginning surfers. From the legendary lefts of Mundaka to the perfect curls of Somo beach, Spain offers great waves for surfers of all levels. Thanks to the mix of great food, enticing culture and year-round waves, Spain’s another ‘must visit’ on any surfer’s wish list. 

This overview shows you all of the best surf spots in Spain and just to give you a little hint, there are many. In the overview below, Errant Surf will show you some of our hand-picked top accommodations where you could go and enjoy a surf camp or other type of ultimate surf holiday.

The best surf spots of Spain

Spain’s a country that has a lot to offer, including top-destinations such as Barcelona, Granada and the country’s capital Madrid. There’s amazing food, the people are warm and welcoming and the country’s notorious for its parties. To read more about this, including some of Spain’s history in relation to surfing, have a look at our surf guide: surfing in Spain. In case you’d like to know more about the best surf spots in Spain, just read on.

In the overview in this article, we are focussing on the best surf spots to go to in Spain, split up in different regions. In the North of Spain, there are the regions: Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. In the South, there’s surfing in Andalucia and on the East Coast, there’s (little) surf going on on the Mediterranean coast. Last but not least, we are going to tell you about surfing on the Canary Islands. Feel free to also have a look at all surf holidays in Spain we have carefully selected for you.

Surfing in the North of Spain

The North of Spain is one of the best spots of Europe (and beyond!) for learning how to surf. There are a number of spots also described in our guide with 5 surf spots for beginners in Spain. In the overview on the page you are reading at the moment, we start off with the North of the country, focusing on the best surf spots in the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galacia.

Surfing in Basque Country

The Basque Country is famous for many things, including truly mindblowing gastronomy, the strong wish of indepence, several cities full of culture and much more. The Basque Country also has a part which is located in France, of which the best surf spots are also featured in our overview of surfing in France. Here, however, we will first focus on the surf in and around San Sebastian and Zarautz, Mundaka and Punta Galea.

 Surfing in Zarautz

This surfing village is located about 20 kilometers from San Sebastian. Zarautz is located on one of the longest sandy beaches on the Basque coast. The village is one of the most popular surfing villages in Spain, due to the lively nightlife, the beautiful beach and very good, consistent waves. It is therefore no surprise that there are many surf camps in Zarautz. Surf in Spain at its best!

Het strand van Zarautz

A great choice for a surf holiday in Zarautz is the Surf Village Zarautz. Check it out for more information

Surfing in San Sebastian

Just over the French – Spanish border, on the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city of San Sebastian (Donostia for the Basques). San Sebastian plays a very important role in Basque culture. This city is an ideal place to visit during a surfing holiday in Spain because of the versatility that the city has to offer. The city has a famous food culture, countless restaurants and cafés and a wide cultural offer. The famous soccer club Real Sociedad also comes from this city. San Sebastian is therefore very suitable if you are looking for more than just surfing in Spain. Note: it can get very crowded on the beaches of San Sebastian, especially in the summer.

San Sebastian is also a great place to learn Spanish and Surfing. Click here for more information.

 Surfing in Mundaka

This spot is located some 40 kilometers from Bilbao and is internationally recognized as a mecca for surfers. Already in the 60’s surfing was done at this spot, and Mundaka is still seen as the best surf spot in Spain. It is therefore not surprising that the Mundaka Pro, which is organized every year in October, is part of the Billabong Pro.

Surfing in Punta Galea

Punta Galea is a bay located between Getxo and Sopelana, just off the coast at Bilbao. Here you will find a famous big wave spot where big wave surfing competitions are regularly organized.

Surfing in Cantabria

Cantabria is a region bordering Asturias and Pais Vasco (Basque Country), which are also great for surfing, and Castilla y Léon on the south-side. The main airport in this province is Santander, which also has a port which receives ferry’s from the UK,. among other destinations.

When regarding the best surf spots in Cantabria, we are going to have a look at the area of San Vicente de la Barquera and Oyambre, we look at Somo and Loredo, Noja and some other spots at this same coastline.

Surfing in San Vicente / Oyambre

These Cantabrian surf villages are very popular surf spots for beginners to intermediate surfers. Here you will find clean waves throughout the year that are excellent for making a lot of progress in a relatively short time. Around this surf spot you will also find a large number of surf schools and surf camps.

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Star Surf Camp Oyambre

Oyambre, Spain
Avg. 22 – 35 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
May – Sep
From € 249,- per person, incl. meals
Star Surf Camp in Oyambre

Some great option in this region are: Dreamsea glamping Comillas, Star surf camp Oyambre and Star Deluxe Oyambre

Surfing in Loredo & Somo

Loredo and Somo are two surfing towns that are located near the Cantabrian capital Santander. The surfing beach Playa de Somo y Loredo, where both towns are located, is known worldwide as one of the best surf spots to learn how to surf. The waves are very consistent here, but never get very high due to the location of the bay.

4.4 / 5 – 40 reviews Surf in Cantabria

Escuela Cantabra de Surf

Somo, Spain
Avg. 25 – 40 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 179,- per person, incl. surf lessons
Surfen in Loredo

Excellent choices for your surfing holiday to Loredo are the Latas Surf House and the Latas Fin House. Also view this article for more information about surfing in Loredo & Somo.

Surfing in Noja

Noja is also located on the northern Spanish coast, near the Spanish city of Santander. Noja is known as the most constant surf spot in Spain. Almost all places around Noja are suitable for surfing. You will not have to go to the town of Noja very often, because there are many bars and restaurants around the centrally located Ris Beach.

Surfing in Asturias

The state of Asturias is to the west from Cantabria, with Gijón and Oviedo as most important cities. The border between Asturias and Cantabria is going right through the Picos de Europa, one of Europe’s most beautiful sets of mountains. Asturias is great for surfing and below we are going to read about some of its best surf spots, including Rodiles.

Surfing in Rodiles

The beach of Rodiles, located in Asturias, can be reached after a walk through a forest full of pine trees. Once arrived at the beach, a golden beach with excellent, powerful waves awaits you. Surfing in Rodiles can be compared to surfing in Mundaka. Note: Rodiles is only suitable for experienced surfers, because the waves can roll 100 meters.

Surfing in Galicia

Galicia, in the very northwestern part of Spain, is one of the country’s states that has most to offer. The several cities with a rich cultural background, the nature – including a magnificent coastline (Isla de Cies) – and the rich culture of Tapas. In terms of surf spots, we will focus on A Coruña, Pantin and Playa de la Lanzada.

Surfing in A Coruna

The age-old A Coruña has for years been one of the most important cities of Galicia, in the north of Spain. With Riazor, the city has a 1.5 kilometer long sandy beach that lies directly on the coast of the city, and on which beautiful waves roll against the beach. Life in La Coruña takes place for a very large part around Riazor.

Surfing in Pantin

You can find this surf spot just north of A Coruna. The best time to surf in Pantin is between October and April, but even in the summer months many novice and intermediate surfers find their way to the Atlantic coast of Spain. Pantin is a famous surfing spot in Spain, because a very important surfing competition is organized here every year, the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro.

Surfing in Andalucia

Andalucía is one of our favorite regions of Spain. Surf’s not as good as the North of Spain or the Canary Islands, but this region is just very rich, of anything basically. For hours we can talk about the food, the people, the weather and the cultural heritage. However, there’s quite less to talk about in terms of surfing. Still we will reflect upon the best surf spots, including in and around Cádiz, the (in)famous El Palmar as well as the southcoast of Andalucía, including Almacenes.

Surfing in Cadiz

The oldest city in Europe is located on a peninsula that protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean. At the very tip of this peninsula you will find the old, walled city of Cadiz. Cadiz has a long sandy beach that offers excellent surfing conditions for beginning surfers. You will also find a number of excellent surf spots in the neighborhood of Cadiz, such as the hippie town of el Palmar or the characteristic white Conil de la Frontera.

The center of Cadiz

Cadiz is an excellent choice to learn spanish and surfing. Find out more here!

Surfing in Conil / El Palmar

Back to mainland Spain. This time to the south. Because surf spots can also be found in the south. These surf spots are located between the Portuguese border and Gibraltar. The best spots are located around the village of Conil de la Frontera, located in the heart of Andalusia.

Surfing in the Canary Islands

Surfing in Tenerife / Lanzarote

The north of Lanzarote has one of the most infamous surf spots in Europe. A number of surfers regard this spot as “the Europen Pipeline”, because of the similarities with the famous surf spot on Hawaii. The best time to surf here is in the fall and winter.

You can also surf very well on Tenerife, with a few surf spots of world quality. On the west side of the island you will find for example the spot Playa Martianez, in the town of Puerto de la Cruz. If you want to learn Spanish in the Canary Islands this is the place to be.

Het strand bij Puerto de le Cruz in Tenerife

Surfing in Fuerteventura

From the north of Spain we shift our attention to the Canary Islands. To Corralejo, located on Fuertaventura, in particular. This surf spot, also known as the Hawaii of Europe, is located on the northern part of the Canary Island of Fuertaventura.

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Surfescape Fuerteventura

Lajares, Fuerteventura
Avg. 20 – 50 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 310,- per person, incl. surf lessons & meals

A surfing holiday on Fuertaventura guarantees a wonderful climate and good waves. This is an ideal surfing destination to visit in the winter due to the mild climate and the very good waves. Corralejo is an excellent choice to combine learning Spanish with surfing.

Surfing in Fuerteventura

Surfing the Mediterranean Coast

The Mediterranean Coast isn’t great for surfing, like we’ve seen in our list with best surf spots of France. This coastline in Spain does include a number of spots that can get some waves every now and then, such as Playa La Fosca (north of Barcelona) and Playa Galua, just off Murcia.

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