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Surfing in Famara Europe PDF Print E-mail
By: Emma-Louise Frost   
Monday, 07 May 2012

Famara is a small fishing village in the north of Lanzarote that boasts some of the best surfing in Europe. It is quieter than the main resorts in the south and east, but the amazing waves make up for that. Whether you are an experienced surfer or just starting out, you will find schools and equipment to hire that will suit your needs. Professional surf instructors are on hand to help you explore the waters surrounding Famara and show you all the great spots.


The surfing season in Lanzarote runs all year round, but you will find the most exciting waves from November to March, where strong storms in the Atlantic create bigger and faster waves. In the summer months, the waves are slightly smaller and calmer, perfect for beginners. The average sea temperature is 18C - 23C and surfing conditions benefit from year round sunshine. Most of the year you should be fine wearing a 3/2mm suit, but if you feel like going in without a suit in the summer, remember to wear a sleeved rash vest to protect you against the sun’s rays.

The beach at Famara is lifeguarded and they will be more than willing to tell you about the rips and tides at the beach, as well as the current conditions. Be aware that the beach safety flag system at Famara is not the most reliable source of information. Make sure you check on the day with the lifeguards and surf school instructors.


One of the best schools in Famara is Surf School Lanzarote, a long established and reliable school with friendly staff who have expert knowledge. The director of the school, Tim Jones, has been surfing and coaching for over 30 years. Here, you can do everything from beginner’s courses that expand your knowledge of surfing techniques, to advanced courses where you can perfect your style.


If you wanted to stay somewhere a bit livelier in Lanzarote, then head south and stay in Puerto del Carmen orCosta Teguise. Here you will find an abundance of hotels from self-catering apartments, to all-inclusive hotels. There are a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit every taste. Evenings can consist of live music and tapas or late night clubs – it’s up to you! Surf School Lanzarote even offers mini-bus transport to and from these resorts. This transfer service takes around half an hour and is a great way of seeing the islands natural beauty.


Lanzarote has consistently great surfing nearly every day and the 6km beach in Famara means that there is plenty of room for both the locals and the tourists. The warm waters and long hours of sunshine provide some of the best surfing conditions you could wish for. Just a short four hour flight away from the UK, Lanzarote is known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ and it has all the benefits of a long haul destination without the hassle of long flights and expensive prices.

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