The best 5 surfing beaches in Tenerife
Wonderful sunny beaches, friendly people and one of the best climates in Europe make Tenerife a paradise for surfers.
Located about 300 kilometers off the west coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean, the largest and most diverse of Spain’s Canary Islands enjoys a pleasant subtropical climate, which promises warm waters, eternal sunshine and average daily temperatures of over 20 ° C throughout the year.
Scattered along the island’s rugged and beautiful shores are a variety of sand cliffs and coral reefs suitable for all styles and levels of experience. Its two main surf areas couldn’t be more different or more distant: the north is greener, quieter and more rural, with pretty impressive waves from October to February, while the south features golden sandy beaches teeming with hotels. , restaurants, and entertainment. Surfing here revolves around the lively resorts of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, and there are breaks for every type of surfer out there.
You can surf at any time of the year in Tenerife, but the best season is during the winter months when you will find the strongest waves, the best wind directions and the biggest waves.
Our picks for the best surf spots in Tenerife:
La Izquierda, Playa de las Américas
Nestled on the southern coast of the island, right in the heart of Playa de las Américas, La Izquierda is Tenerife’s most famous surf spot, a paradise for experts looking for an intense and fast ride. La Izquierda offers some of the best left-handed waves in all of Europe, crashing over a seabed of coral and volcanic rock, usually reaching more than 4 feet. Thanks to its versatility, the break works in all tides, with the best surfing conditions between October and March.
The urban environment of La Izquierda, in one of Tenerife’s most popular tourist destinations, makes the area very busy in the high season, especially on weekends. However, it has excellent facilities, from showers, parking, and equipment rentals to plentiful food and drink options.
La Fitenia, Los Cristianos
For those who want slightly sweeter and less crazy waves, while still being as close to the action as possible, La Fitenia is the place to be. Midway between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas, not far from La Izquierda, this exposed reef break is particularly suitable for intermediate right-handed surfers, but also offers decent left-handed waves.
Fitenia is at its best during the spring and summer, but the area offers constant surf all year round.
Punta Blanca, Guia de Isora
With its wild and unspoiled surroundings, fantastic atmosphere and unique microclimate, Punta Blanca is undoubtedly one of the most popular surfing destinations in Tenerife. Located on the west coast of the island, between Alcala and Los Gigantes, this is primarily a spot for bodyboarding, with short, frothy waves and powerful tubes. The beach is a favorite with professionals and intermediates, who love to surf here in the winter (at low and mid tide).
Temperatures hardly ever drop below 20 ° C and the setting is quite spectacular, with gorgeous mountain views accompanying your run. Several surfing competitions are held in the area throughout the year.
El Socorro, Los Realejos
Tenerife’s rugged northern scenery provides the perfect backdrop for surf sessions in El Socorro, an idyllic stretch of black volcanic sand lapped by crystal clear waters in Los Realejos. Backed by spectacular rocky cliffs, the stunning Blue Flag beach offers excellent surfing conditions all year round.
The spot is very popular with swimmers and swimmers during the summer months, but fortunately the waves break away from the shore, ensuring everyone’s safety. With waves ranging from 2 to 8 feet, El Socorro attracts all surf skill levels.
Igueste de San Andrés, San Andrés
A delightfully secluded surf beach on the northeastern coast of the island, Igueste de San Andrés stands out with its perfect left-handed waves and individual sections, allowing surfers of all abilities to come together.
The sheltered reef break has fairly consistent surf, with the best conditions from September to May (at high tide). Located outside the quaint fishing village of the same name, Igueste de San Andrés is conveniently close to the bustling capital of Santa Cruz, and can be reached via the stunning Las Teresitas beach.