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Travel Info - Canary Islands
Best Travel Time The camps are spread over 3 of the Canary Islands – Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. All of the islands have surf throughout the year and the climate is consistently warm, making the Canaries a surfer’s paradise all year round. The Biggest swell tends to roll through the Atlantic from October to March, so if you’re a little more advanced in the water, this is an ideal time to visit.
Air & Water Temperature The Canary Islands have a very mild climate, with winter temperatures never dropping below 15°C, and going up to around 28°C in the summer. From July to September the humidity goes up which can make it feel a little like the tropics. The water temperature is also very stable, it usually peaks at the end of November around 22°C and never really drops below 18°C.
Wetsuit A 3/2mm wetsuit will suffice any time of year you you decide to travel to the Canary Islands. In summer, you can get away with a spring suit or even just shorts and a bikini. If you’re planning on surfing the reef break available we recommend bringing some booties to keep your feet from getting cut on the volcanic rocks.
Surf Spots Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a volcanic island that is surrounded by deep water, which makes it an ideal magnet for swell to hit the reefs and beaches along the coast. The second largest island in the Canaries has crystal clear water and great surf throughout the year. Here a selection of surf spots on the island:
Playa de Esquinzo This heavy beach break is great for more advanced surfers with its A-frame peaks providing both lefts and rights. The beach works best when the swell is coming from the Northwest, West and Southwest and wind from the East. You’ll get the best waves here from low to mid tide
Playa de Garcey Otherwise known as “the Shipwreck,” because of the massive ship that has run aground along the coast, is a reef break that breaks both left & right and definitely suites more advanced surfers. It works best with a Southwest, North and Northwest swell with wind from the East, or Southeast. Waves get a little stronger as the tide gets lower.
Majanicho This reef break is perfect for beginners and more advanced surfers alike providing a long, mellow right-hander. This spot works best with North, Northwest, Northeast swell and southerly wind on any tide.
Los Lobos Los Lobos is one of the best reef breaks in the Canary Islands. With swell coming from the North or Northwest during low to mid tide you can get a long right hand ride for 500 meters towards the beach.
Surf Spots Tenerife
The dormant volcano of Mount Teide on Tenerife is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most visited natural sight in Europe. The volcano is also the largest outside of the Hawaiian Islands measuring 7,500 meters from the ocean floor to its peak. Its stand 3,700 meters above sea level and stops any wind reaching the southwest coast creating great surfing conditions. Here's a few of our favourite spots:
Almáciga Almáciga lisits to the East of Taganana and caters to any level of surfer. The bay has a long, left point break as well as a peak in the middle that goes left & right. The spots work best with North, Northwest and Northeast swell.
Benijos This spot is in the north of Tenerife and is only accessible over a small, gravel road. At this rocky beach you can find both lefts and rights that cater more for advanced surfers. Benjios works best around mid-tide and swell from the North, Northwest or Northeast.
El Socorro This black sand beach caters to all surf levels. With rocks once you get of the sand providing both lefts & rights when the swell comes from the North, Northwest or West.
Playa de las Américas Playa de las Américas needs West, Southwest or South swell to work, and is great for beginners as well as advanced surfers. This rocky beach break with outer reef breaks both left and right and works best around mid-tide.
La Derecha del Cartel La Derecha del Cartel iis an amazing reef break that breaks close to the coast. It breaks right and on smaller days is fun for beginners. When it gets a little bigger the more advanced surfers among you will have a great time here. North and Northwest swell are ideal for this spot to work.
Surf Spots Gran Canaria
Gran Canaraia is the secret surf mecca of Europe. In comparison to the relatively flat Fuerteventura, the mountainous Gran Canaria has plenty of wind sheltered spots that provide better surf through the windy summer months. The north has the most consistent surf with plenty of spots that cater to every surfer, from the first timer to the seasoned pro. Here's a few we picked out:
La Cicer This beach break is 3km away from Playa de las Canteras is a perfect spot to learn at or for more advanced surfers to paddle out and catch good lefts and rights. Tide doesn’t influence this spot too much but swell needs to be from the North, Northeast, or Northwest.
El Lloret El Lloret is a reef break that caters to advanced surfers. This spot can hold really big swell and can get really hollow. Its located on the west coast and works best with North, Northwest or Northeast swell with a tide in between low and mid.
El Confital This wave breaks over a rock bottomed reef and is considered one of the best right-handers in Europe. Definitely not a place for beginners as not only is it a powerful wave with a shallow and sharp reef, but also the locals can be a bit protective. El Confital works best with North, Northwest and West swell at mid tide or lower.
San Felipe This beach is a great place to learn, but good surfers will also find some great waves. You can surf here on any tide and waves break both left & right.
Flights Travelling to the Canaries is a budget friendly alternative to flying to Hawaii. The flight from Europe and the UK is short and cheap, the waves are great and the weather is warm. The airport to fly to in Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario (FUE), for camps in Tenerife its Santa Cruz de Teneriffa (TFN) and for Gran Canaria you fly into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA).
Flying to the Canary Islands is easy with most providers offering flights. EasyJet flies regularly and takes surfboards for free as long as your total luggage weighs less than 32 kg. British Airways is another of many options and they also take boards for free, as long as total luggage is less than 23kg and the board is under 1.9 meters. RyanAir also makes regular trips and are the cheapest, but charge 60€ per trip for your board.
Visa Canary Islands are part of Europe, so no visa is required (pre-BREXIT) so as long as you have a valid passport.
On the Canaries When you arrive we definitely recommend renting a car. The islands are small and easy to navigate. If you rent a 4x4 you will have access to all the best spots and petrol and diesel are cheap. Also having a car gives you the chance to explore other areas of whatever island you choose to visit. There are even car ferries between the islands. There are some things you need to be cautious of when driving. Definitely do not drive while on the phone, the fines are big, and payment is due immediately, and also do not drive after anything to drink, or even if you had a big party the night before, the blood alcohol limit is extremely low and the fine is extremely high
Make sure you pack sun block, the Canaries proximity to Africa means the sun is strong and burns quickly.
Slow down, island life runs a little slower than the hustle and bustle of the big city. Relax, enjoy your holiday and take your time.
Tipping of 5% to 10% at bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels is standard. If the service is great you can obviously tip more.
In most shops, like in Spain, they take advantage of the daily Siesta, especially in summer, so are closed between 13:00 and 16:00. For that everything stays open a little later in the evening.
So that you’re trip to the Canaries through Pure Surf Camps is a total success we’ve put together a few tips.
Fuerteventura The East coast of Fuerteventura collects sand that is blown 100km from the Sahara Desert in Africa, creating amazing, endless golden sand beaches. Parque Natural de Corralejo is one of the standout beaches along the east coast. On the other coast, you see more volcanic black sand beaches that are also extremely beautiful.
A boat trip on a Pirate Ship or Catamaran comes highly recommended to see the coastline from another perspective. If you’re lucky you’ll even get some company from a local whale or pod of dolphins while on your trip.
On the southern tip of Fuerteventura there is the small fishing town of Marro Jable. Its well worth taking a drive around the island and trying out some of the world class seafood restaurants there.
Teneriffa Tenerife is world renowned as one of the best places to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. In close proximity to the coast, in crystal clear water you can see Pilot whales, long finned Pilot whales and large pods of dolphins. When choosing the company you want to go out with, make sure you choose one that is certified and gives the animals plenty of space.
We recommend also taking a half day to explore the Teide National Park. Mount Teide is a massive volcano in the middle of the park which has shaped the surrounding landscape, which sometime looks extra-terrestrial. The park is recognised by UNESCO and is the most visited natural attraction in Europe.
Divers and snorkelers alike see Tenerife as the underwater hotspot of Europe. The underwater life is extremely varied with a plenty of things to see. In the bay of El Puertito you’ll even see Sea Turtles.
Tenerife also offers amazing nightlife with plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs where you can party well into the early morning.
Gran Canaria When you’re in Gran Canaria makes sure to visit Puerto de Mogán. This harbour city is quaint and pretty and is referred to as the Venice of the Canaries. There is always live music along the waterfront and plenty of great spots to eat, chill, and enjoy the view.
Every Sunday near Parque Santa Catalina you’ll find a huge local Flea Market where you can gather up all the souvenirs you’ll need for friends and family back home, plus something for yourself. You can also find plenty of authentic hand made goods at the market like hand woven bags, blankets and handmade jewellery.
Dulcería Nublo Tejeda is also a must to anyone with a sweet tooth. The bakery is known throughout the island and people come from all over to buy the famous Marzipan cake.
Not only will you score perfect waves on your trip, but you’ll also experience some epic nightlife. In the southern beachside town of Playa del Inglés in Centros Comerciales you’ll find the nightlife hotspot with countless bars & nightclubs to cater to every music taste. The open air “Kahlua” is definitely worth checking out to spend a night dancing under the stars.
Definitely do not drive after a beer, or the morning after a long night of partying. The drink drive limit is extremely low throughout the Canaries, and the fines are extremely expensive.
The Canaries are located next to Africa which means the sun is a lot stronger than you are probably used to. Make sure to pack some sunblock so you can enjoy your entire holiday without any 3rd degree burns.
For all those advanced surfers planning on making the trip who just want to go and surf, make sure you do some research about the spots you are going to, otherwise the chances of getting up close and personal to the sharp volcanic reef are pretty high. We recommend you choose the surf guiding option because the local crew will tell you the dangers of every spot you go to, as well as the best take of spots and plenty of other helpful info.
The Canaries are a real paradise: crystal clear blue ocean, white sand dunes, and only a few hours away. These islands sit Southwest of Europe in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Each island offers a totally different landscape, but all have epic surf and a mild climate throughout the year.
The volcanic islands are known as the Hawaii of Europe due to the similar length of coastline, the amazing waves and that tropical paradise feeling. On your trip you’ll find every type of wave you are looking for, from mellow, easy beach breaks to catch your first waves, to, heavy and shallow reef breaks to push your surfing to the limit. The best thing is, the Pure Surf Camps are open 365 days a year so you can plan your next holiday anytime that you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Learn to Surf in the Canaries
The selection of surf spots on the Canary Islands is massive. Regardless if you wanting to take a trip there to learn to surf, or catch the best waves of your life, our crew will find the best spots for you. The mixture of variable winds, deep surrounding ocean, lots of varied coastline, and plenty of energy in the Atlantic, mean that you can find hollow barrels, long walls and long rides. For beginners, you can head to more sheltered beach breaks where you’ll be greeted by mellow waves, warm water and sunshine.
This is definitely the reason that the best surfers, as well as people starting out, travel to the outcrop of islands to find perfect waves and escape the harsh European winter. Regardless of your skill level, by the time you get on the plane back you’re surfing will be much better than when you arrived.
Surf Camps - The Canaries
Surf & Yoga Fuerteventura
If you’re looking for a surf trip that has that tropical islands feel, great waves, plenty of sunshine with a scattering of palm trees, but don’t want to spend your whole budget on the flight, this is the spot for you. Surf & Yoga Apartments Fuerteventura has everything you are looking for in a surf trip.
You can choose between a private apartment, where you and your friends or family can enjoy a private getaway, or book a bed or room in the shared apartments. All of the accommodation is located directly at the beach so wherever you are you have an ocean view, including from the private pool.
All of the apartments come with fully kitted out kitchens so you and your group can comfortably cook up whatever your heart desires. If you are feeling a little tired after all the surfing and sunshine and you just want to take it easy and go get something, you are also in luck, because just down the road are plenty of great restaurants where you will find amazing local cuisine, tapas as well as plenty of international spots.
If you are booked into the shared apartment you will also be greeted every morning with an inclusive continental breakfast that includes tea and freshly brewed coffee, as well as snacks through the day to give you some energy after the time spent out in the ocean.
The ocean is at the heart of trips to Fuerteventura. The surf is amazing and the team offer both a 3-day, and 5-day surf course that will get you up and riding your first waves in no time. There is also the option of checking out what’s under the surf by going snorkelling at the local reefs which are filled with life. If you want to spend afternoons on land the team also offer daily yoga classes to loosen up those muscles you worked out in the surf and get you toned and ready for the next session.
Surf Camp Fuerteventura
Explore the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean around Fuerteventura, find epic waves and enjoy endless sunshine and mild temperatures.
At Surf camp Fuerteventura you have the choice of spending your nights in an apartment, bungalows, a studio, or rooms in the Surf Hostel, all of which are located within easy walking distance to the beach. The apartment, bungalows and studio all have a private kitchen that includes a stove and fridge.
If you are staying in one of the accommodation options that has its own kitchen you can still choose to join the people from the Surf Hostel for the communal breakfast. The breakfast consists of fresh fruit, muesli, baguette, a selection of cheeses, ham and salami. There’s also tea and a fresh pot of coffee to greet you when you wake up. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby to keep even the pickiest eaters satisfied.
Directly next to the Surf Camp you’ll find the surf school where you have the choice between a beginners or an advanced surf course. Both include board and wetsuit rental as well as transfers to the most fitting waves for your skill level. The team of experienced and qualified coaches will split you down into small groups to get you paddling, standing and turning in a heartbeat, all while having a great time.
If you’re already a confident surfer you can also choose the Surf Guiding option where the guides will find the best waves for your skill level and take you out, give you pointers about the break, and your surfing. If you want to do some other water activities the team can offer snorkelling, windsurfing, SUP, Jet ski rental, game fishing and plenty more. If you want to spend some of your holiday on land you can also do a yoga course, or class.
Family Surf Camp Fuerteventura
Only a few steps away from the beach, Family Surf Camp Fuerteventura offers a family friendly vacation that has plenty to keep everybody happy. Located in the south of Fuerteventura you’ll be inundated in warm weather and sunshine. The team offer surf courses for the whole family starting from kids as young as 7 years old.
There are 3 individual houses you can choose to stay in each with its own highlight. The first is Alta Vista Apartment which is 50 meters away from the beach. The second, TAO Apartment, it has its own rooftop pool, and the third, Juan Mar Holiday House has an unobstructed ocean view.
This is the perfect place to take the family for an active holiday, regardless if its winter or summer, to learn to surf, enjoy the beach and all only 4 or 5 hours away from Europe.
Surf Camp Teneriffa
The best waves, breath taking views, perfect weather in a house owned by pro surfer Alex Zirke and his family. Here you can choose between comfortable single, double and dorm rooms.
You can also choose to stay in a separate small apartment that has access to a pool as well as a view of the ocean. These apartments also have a fully stocked kitchen so you and your group can comfortably cook dinner while enjoying the ocean view. This is the perfect spot to unwind and let go of the stress of work and home life in general.
If you stay at the Zirke House you’ll wake up to a daily continental breakfast buffet with freshly made coffee to wake you up, and get you ready for the surf ahead.
Both the apartments and the Zirke House are situated near great restaurants so if you don’t want to cook in the afternoons or evenings you have plenty of choices, including some of the best Tapas on the island as well as the freshest seafood.
Surf Camp Tenerife has two surf course options, either the basic consisting of 15 hours, or the intensive course where you surf as much as you can. The courses are mainly focued on spending time out in the water and learning through doing, but they do incorporate a small theory session on the beach. All the guides are locals to the area and will get you on the best waves to get your surfing to the next level in no time. When you’re not in the water you can skate the nearby park, or go hiking and explore the Macizo de Anaga mountain range which is close to the camp.
Surf Camp Gran Canaria
You can surf perfect waves at the doorstep of Surf Camp Gran Canaria from sunrise to sunset all while enjoying blue sky, crystal clear water and warm temperatures.
Gran Canaria will greet you with warm air and water temperatures throughout the year, great surf for anyone from the total rookie to the pro, an amazing team, great food, a pool, beach bar and a beach with surf spot within a few meters of your front door. The camp overlooks the ocean to make that after surf beer even more satisfying, and if you want to drink a few more beers, meet some locals and party until the sun comes up, Las Palmas is only a short walk away.
At Surf Camp Gran Canaria you can choose to book a single room, a bed in a dorm, or an apartment all of which have an ocean view meaning you can check the surf from bed before you get up every morning. The surf camp has a kitchen you can use for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as do the apartments. There are also countless great restaurants nearby if you don’t feel like preparing anything, or maybe you want to toast to a successful day in the water with the rest of your surf buddies at one of the local bars.
The team offers surf courses to suit every type of surfer. There are beginner and advanced courses available as well as surf guiding. Regardless of what course option you choose, the coaches are experienced, qualified locals. You get modern equipment which is included in the course price. There are a large variety of surf spots nearby and the transfers are included.
If you still have energy to burn after your surf time you can hike through the stunning landscapes you can find on the island, go on mountain bike tours, windsurf, kitesurf, take a quad bike tour or one of many other options.