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Natural Paradise: The Best Surf Spots In Tenerife

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Natural Paradise: The Best Surf Spots In Tenerife

Introduction - Spain’s Answer To Hawaii

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is renowned for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and captivating landscapes. Beyond its allure as a tourist destination lies a hidden gem for surfers seeking thrilling waves. With its favourable climate, consistent swells, and diverse surf breaks, Tenerife has become a coveted paradise for surfers of all levels. In this guide, we'll explore some of the best surfing spots the island has to offer.

Due to its subtropical climate and gorgeous breaks, Tenerife often feels like a slice of Hawaii adrift in the Atlantic ocean. One that’s a lot more accessible for Europeans!

1. Playa de Las Américas

Located in the southwest coast of Tenerife, Playa de Las Americas boasts an array of surf breaks suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers. With its sandy bottom and consistent left-handers, this spot provides an ideal learning ground for novices. During the winter months, more experienced surfers can challenge themselves with larger swells. Playa de Las Américas is known for its lively atmosphere and vibrant beach culture, making it a favourite surf spot among locals and visitors alike.

2. Playa de Los Cristianos

Adjacent to Playa de Las Americas, Playa de Los Cristianos is a much more laid-back surf spot. The beach features a sandy bottom and a sheltered bay, providing a more forgiving environment for beginners. The waves here are generally smaller and manageable, making it an excellent spot for honing your skills. The relaxed atmosphere and stunning scenery add to the appeal, making Playa de Los Cristianos a must-visit for surfers looking for a tranquil surfing experience.

3. El Médano

El Médano, located on the southern coast of Tenerife, is a true surfing haven. Known for its consistent winds, this surf spot attracts windsurfers and kite surfers from around the world. The beach also offers excellent surfing conditions, with a variety of breaks suitable for all levels. From powerful reef breaks to playful beach breaks, El Médano provides a diverse range of waves to suit every surfer's preference. The energetic atmosphere and stunning natural beauty make it a popular destination for surfers seeking an exhilarating experience.

4. Bajamar

A big reef-break with something for everyone: from longboard waves, through to hollow waves and the kind that are better suited for beginners. Produces both left and right handers. When the swell is particularly rough, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Bajamar is another excellent (and affordable) town to base any trip. 

5. Playa de Almáciga

For those craving a more secluded and untouched surfing spot, Playa de Almáciga on the northeastern coast of Tenerife is a hidden gem. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and untouched natural beauty, this remote beach offers a unique surfing experience. The high waves, generated by the Atlantic swells, make it a destination for mid to experienced surfers seeking a challenge. However, caution is advised due to the strong currents and rocky seabed. With both left and right handers and the occasional tube ride, Playa de Almáciga is a paradise for adventurers looking to escape the crowds and ride the untamed waves.

6. Socorro

The equivalent of SOS, or ‘Help!’ in Spanish, El Socorro surf spot lives up to its name in a number of ways. A fast drop-in and occasionally aggressive waves make it one to be wary of. Locals love this beach break because it always has surf, so when the rest of the coast goes slack, this is the place to head to.

7. Playa de Martiánez

Nestled in the vibrant city of Puerto de la Cruz, Playa de Martiánez provides a picturesque setting for surfing enthusiasts. This black sand beach offers a mix of beach breaks and reef breaks, catering to surfers of different skill levels. The waves here are renowned for their consistency and quality, especially during the winter months. After an exhilarating surf session, surfers can explore the city's charming streets and indulge in local delicacies.

Conclusion

Tenerife is a surfer's paradise, offering a multitude of surfing spots for all levels of experience. Whether you're a novice seeking to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer looking for challenging breaks, the island has something to offer everyone. From the vibrant Playa de Las Americas to the secluded Playa de Almáciga, Tenerife's diverse coastline promises unforgettable surf experiences against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Our final tip? Don’t forget to try the local surf delicacy, Papa Arrugada, for a post-surf pick me up.