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Surf in Spain: the Cantábrico and more

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Surf in spain: the cantábrico and more

There have been a lot of world-known surfers coming to the Northern coast to enjoy surf in Spain because of the large amount of beaches on the coast where one can find the perfect waves to surf on – suitable for people all levels.

Starting in the Basque country, where the waves can go from 0.5 meters to 6 meters high, you’ll find surf spots like Punta Galea, Menakoz, Playa Gris, Orrua, Lemoiz, Matriku, Zarautz and the Zurriola beach in Donastia (an urban beach with an amazing surfer atmosphere where a lot of competitions are held). 

Above all of these, we can highlight the spectacular Mundaka waves at the source of the Ria Urdaibai that are recognized among the 10 best left handers in the world and the first in Europe. This is due to these waves reaching 4 meters high, forming a big tube that spreads about 400meters. For this reason, Mundaka has hosted on various occasions the ASP World Tour. They are only suitable for local and very experience surfers because the force of the waves is tremendous when they break against the shore. 

In Santander,  the zone of Somo is worth mentioning because of its nice surfer atmosphere with multiple beaches – suitable for various surfing levels. Starting with the simplest: Langre and Loredo have waves that reach from a meter to a meter in a half for beginners and second is Santa Marina which has waves that can reach five meters when the weather is rough with winds from the east or northeast; this is why you would need more experience surfing – also because of the rocky seabed.

Another well known place to practice surfing in Spain is in Cantabria, where you can find beautiful surf spots like Ajo, Noja, Santona and Suances with cliffs and impressive sceneries – only a few kilometers away from Santander.

Lastly, on the almost 2000km stretch of coastal line in Galicia, uniting the Cantabrico with the Altlantic, you can find a multitude of surf spots with waves suited for people with different levels of experience, dunes and long white sandy beaches. This being said, it is necessary to wear a wetsuit (even in the summer) due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. 

In the north coast of Lugo you’ll find A Marina, with waves during spring, autumn and winter. In A Coruna there is the FerrolTerra beach with constant waves and sandy sea beds, although it is more common to find rocks on the Costa de Morte – home to very big waves. Finally the surrounding scenery of Rias Baixas is worth mentioning, similar to El Vilar in the Corrubedo natural park, one that is far from all civilization.

In Pontevedra there is a beautiful 2km long A Lanzada beach which stands out with its wooden path way that goes across the whole beach. The A Lanzada waves are suitable for all surfers of different levels with small ones reaching 1 meter, nevertheless it is more dangerous near the rocks where they break (by the Colmado islet).

If you want to start surfing, you should go to one of the numerous specialized school in Spain to learn how to surf safely and by respecting environment, without forgetting that rules of conduct exist that are not written but that have to be obeyed.