Summer passes but the real waves arrive, the sea begins to animate and it is a perfect time to enjoy a surf trip in Cádiz: the reference point for surfing in the South of Spain.
From Flysurfalong with our friends from The Feather Van, we propose several ideas of surftrips suitable for all levels.
For this new installment of recommended surftrips, we leave our beloved North coast and travel directly to the south of the Peninsula: to Cádiz.
Cádiz is always a good option for a van getaway, whether you intend to do it during the summer months where you will enjoy long, hot days and a good atmosphere, or if you prefer to escape the cold winter of the rest of the Peninsula and look for more temperate places.
As far as surfing is concerned, the safest months to catch waves are from November to March, although you know that when it comes to the sea, you never know. Also, whether you are a beginner or an expert surfer, here you can find the right wave for you. Let's start!
You can start your tour in the most urban area and visit the city of Cádiz. Right at the entrance, next to its famous walls, is the beach of La Cortadura, an ideal place to have your first contact with the waves of the area. It is a wild beach, perfect for surfing beginners, which offers its best conditions at medium tide and the north wind. Its sandy bottom, its gentle waves and the fact that it does not have strong currents that could scare us, make it one of the best surfing beaches for beginners in Andalusia.
Although in summer surfing is only allowed outside of bathing hours, Fontanilla beach It is one of the obligatory stops on a surf trip in Cádiz. This beach located near Conil de la Frontera, is ideal for all levels of surfing and sometimes tests of the Spanish Surfing Championship are held. Despite being a beach with a rocky bottom area, this spot offers options for beginners on days with calm conditions or in the foam area. Also, if you go in summer, you can enjoy the wide range of bars and restaurants until the bathing hours are over.
Our next stop is probably the mecca of surfing in Andalusia. El Palmar, is undoubtedly one of the best known and most popular surfing beaches in all of Spain. Located in Vejer de la Frontera and almost 4 kilometers long, it is the area with the most consistent waves in the region. Its orography allows, depending on the conditions, this beach to go from small and gentle waves suitable for all audiences (normally in summer), to 2-meter barrels only suitable for experienced surfers (more common in the winter months). If your surf trip coincides with days of a small sea, it is your most consistent option. In addition, if you want to give surf lessons to improve your level, or rent equipment, here you will find numerous options to go to, such as the Surf school 9 Feet.
We continue our journey towards the Barbate area, where we find Los Caños de Meca beach. A wonderful environment that maintains its natural beauty practically unpolluted, thanks to the absence of buildings around it. Its geographical location means that it is a little more protected from the ingress of the sea and wind than El Palmar, so in certain conditions it is highly recommended for surfing beginners. Its stone bottom makes it more recommendable for medium and high level surfers when the conditions are more demanding. In addition, near the Lighthouse, it is a very common spot for long-distance surfers, and an ideal place to enjoy your cold hawaii.
We continue our route through the Costa de la Luz (ideal area for surfing or SUP) and one of its best spots, the Yerbabuena Beach, also in Barbate. Located in the heart of the La Breña natural park, surrounded by tremendous natural beauty, they make it a magical place to catch waves and one of the reference points for surfing in Cádiz. In addition to the environment, its wave of rights is one of the best in Spain and famous throughout the national scene. For this reason, the Open La Yerbabuena surf championship is held there. This spot needs a good sea to function and is recommended only for experienced surfers, since the current can easily take you to the rocks.
To finish, finish your tour in the suction cup Fair. Tarifa has numerous surf spots, but they depend a lot on the conditions. For this reason, before heading to the European wind capital, make sure that it is blowing with the correct direction and force. If so, don't hesitate to give it a try. Here you will find consistent spots for intermediate and advanced level surfers, such as "The Spa" (Playa de las Lances and Playa Chica), and other calmer ones for beginners such as Pigeon Point.
One of the best things about a surf trip in Cádiz is that the distance between its spots is very affordable, so you won't have to travel long distances on your tour. This gives you the advantage of being able to come and go depending on the conditions, as well as search for beaches along the way in search of new spots.
Take advantage of surfing in this natural paradise and live a new adventure!
See you on the water.