Water Sports

Windsurfing in Lanzarote

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Lanzarote is the perfect setting for windsurfing. From April to September the North East trade winds blow regularly from 11 to 27 knots. During the winter, the wind is more changeable and can vary between 4 and 21 knots.

Las Cucharas beach in Costa Teguise is the most well known spot. It is very popular as the trade winds blow side-shore, picking up in the afternoon. Las Charas has hosted the World Cup Tour. This is the place where you can find the major windsurfing schools.

Jetties shelter the beach making it an ideal practice area for beginners, especially in the morning when the wind is lighter. Flat water conditions in the bay can also seduce freestylers.

Once you get outside there is a shallow reef on the left where waves can readily reach 2 or 3 meters. Advanced and experts will enjoy wave riding in the middle of the reef or closer to the shore where waves are breaking steep, although less experienced windsurfers can still train next to the reef on flatter water.

If you want really good waves head for Jameos del Agua in the northeast of the island or Famara on the west coast. A great place for wave riders, Jameos del Agua is one of the toughest surf spots in lanzarote and is really suited for the expert. The waves break in multiple sections over the volcanic reef, so be advised to wear suitable footwear. Be aware of the shore break, and when the tide heads out, the waves and currents can get pretty wild.

For these reasons the spot is recommended for experienced wind surfers only.

For beginners try the La Santa on the west coast it offers a sheltered lagoon.

Matagorda, just north of Puerto del Carmen provides good conditions too.

The winds are more consistent during the Summer months, May, June, July and August

Surfing in Lanzarote

The Canaries Islands have the reputation as being the Hawaii of Europe. Thanks to the lack of continental shelf and shallow lava reefs conspiring to create fantastic surfing conditions. With a great climate and mild water temperatures making it a year round destination. The biggest waves are between November and March when the winter Atlantic swells create 1.5m – 4m waves and smaller waves in the summer compensated for by the no wetsuit required warmer water.

Famara and La Santa, both on the North coast, are the main centres for surfers, with Famara being more beginner-friendly of the two. At Famara beach there is plenty of space and waves for everyone and this should be the first port of call for any visiting surfer or beginner.

Famara Beach
Home to many of the surf schools, Famara beach is the perfect place for the beginner Also close to many of the other surf spots on the north-west of the island.

El Muelle
Located at the opposite end of Famara village to the beach, this is a reef break and should be avoided by beginners.

San Juan
East of Famara, this is rocky break and is really for the experienced surfer. It can get a little crowded. It has hosted 6* WQS events

La Santa
In and around La Santa are several outstanding surf spots. The Slab is a world-class. El Quemao is another great left over a rocky reef and is known as one of the best in Europe.

Arrieta
Located on the north-east coast, Arrieta is a beginner-friendly beach that can be good when the conditions are wrong on the Famara-side.

Jameos del Agua
This rocky volcanic reef point break works when there is a big swell and is good for intermediate to expert.

Surf Spots

Famara Beach
Home to many surf schools, Famara beach is the perfect place for the beginner. It is also close to many of the other surf spots on the north-west of the island.

El Muelle
Located at the opposite end of Famara village to the beach, this is a reef break and should be avoided by beginners.

San Juan
Just east of Famara, this is a rockybreak and is really for the more experienced surfer. It can get a little crowded. San Jaun has hosted 6* WQS events

La Santa
In and around La Santa are several good surf spots. The Slab is a world-class. El Quemao is another stunning left over a rocky reef and is known as one of the best in Europe.

Arrieta
Located on the north-east coast, Arrieta is a beginner-friendly beach that can be good when the conditions are wrong on the Famara-side.

Jameos del Agua
Located near to the tourist attraction of the same name, this rocky volcanic reef point break works well when there is a big swell and is good for intermediate to expert.

Lanzarote Beaches

Lanzarote has a large variety of beaches. From the beautiful bleached white sands of the North to the golden sands of Puerto Del Carmen, the black sand at Playa Quemada and the beautiful beaches of Papagayo

Puerto del Carmen
The main beach is known as Playa Grande. A long beach facing the busy resort. There are various beaches in the area running from Arrecife airport, Guacimeta, right through to the old town of Puerto Del Carmen. Near to the old town lies a sheltered beach, Playa Chica, host to a wide variety of sporting activities like taking diving lessons, rent jet skis, go Para-sailing or do some just Snorkel.

Playa Blanca
Near the resort of Playa Blanca in the south of the island, lie the beautiful beaches of Papagayo. These fantastic golden sand beaches are a must for beach lovers but nudist bathing is common and by no means compulsory. Also in Playa Blanca are the two man-made beaches of Playa Dorada with beach-bars, pedalos, banana boats etc and Playa Flamingo. The small but attractive beach in the centre of Playa Blanca town is also popular – especially during July and August.

Beach Safety

  • While swimming and playing in the sea is great fun, you should also be aware of the dangers and act responsibly and look for the Flag warnings.
  • Here are a few safety tips:
  • Swim parallel to the shore and within your depth (it can often be difficult to swim back to the Beach as currents can be strong).
  • Never swim immediately after eating
  • Never swim alone
  • Be aware of local conditions (currents etc), seek local advice
  • Never swim at night
  • Beware of boats and jet skis – don’t swim in areas allocated for their use.
  • Most important of all, do not swim after you have consumed alcohol.

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Dangerous conditions, do not enter the water.

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Dangerous Conditions, exercise caution.

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Lanzarote Fishing

Puerto del Carmen

Lanzarote and its surrounding islands offer great game fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Bonito, Sting Ray and Wahoo as well as Sharks such as Blue, Mako, Angel and Hammerhead.

Bottom-fishing is available all year round for many species, the main trolling season for Blue Marlin and Tuna is between April and November with September and October being the best months.

There is great shore fishing all over the island for a variety of species such as Mediterranean Snapper, Yellowmouth Barracuda and Parrot fish.

In order to go Shore Fishing, a permit must first be obtained from the Consejeria de Pesca in the Cabildo Building in Arrecife.