Looking for an unforgettable learn-to-surf experience in Lanzarote? Maybe the best surf spot in Europe? Then check out some of the best beaches on the Island and join the Red Star Surf family.
Lanzarote is an island of contrasts, with changing landscapes and many hidden corners that merit exploration. We’re talking about beaches with black and white sand, incredible nature spots such as cliffs, caves, volcanoes, beaches, beautiful towns, and warm water…
As part of the Canary Islands archipelago, Spain, Lanzarote has long been a retreat for surfers fed up with winter in Europe. Many of them are on the hunt for a destination where they can escape that notoriously uninviting mainland weather and slip into a different pace of life. All the while catching lots of waves and enjoying beaches tailored to wave riders of varying skill levels.
So, with that in mind, we thought we’d shine a light on some of the best surf beaches in Lanzarote for beginners with the hope that you’ll soon become one of the many surfers that return year after year.
Red Star Surf Students can stand on the board on the first lesson
If it’s the consistency and ease of access that you’re looking for, you can’t go past Famara Beach. Widely considered to be one of the best surf beaches in Lanzarote, Famara is in a class of its own. With a swell window that ensures it receives waves all year round. In addition to plenty of beach bars that guarantee there’s always somewhere to toast to a big day in the water. It’s no wonder why we here at Red Star Surf have made it our go-to break for teaching.
A sneaky righthander that’s great for when you want to take the next step with your skills
Orzola is one of the best surf beaches on Lanzarote for learners. This is due to the fact that it offers gentle waves breaking over a sandy bottom. If you’ve only just commenced surfing and want to practice the basics, Orzola is the perfect place to start. The most ideal time to surf is at low tide, due to the strong currents when the tide is high. Like many other Lanzarote beaches, Orzola is incredibly beautiful. Which makes it more than Instagram-worthy if you’re social media savvy.
One of the more challenging waves on Lanzarote… but also one of the more rewarding
Situated in the northeast of Lanzarote, Arrieta is another break that can deliver fun waves for beginner surfers. This is thanks in part to its location, which ensures it’s shielded from massive swells that render the west coast unsurfable. Word of warning though: Arrieta should only be surfed by learners when the waves are small and the tide is low. Going there with an experienced guide is also recommended if you want to discover first hand why it’s one of the best surf beaches on Lanzarote.
A dreamy pointbreak for intermediate and advanced surfers
Jameos Del Agua is a left-hand pointbreak that’s located on the northeast of the island. Given that it produces a long, rifling wave, it may not be one of the best surf beaches in Lanzarote for beginners to learn on. It is, however, a great place to go when you’re ready to up your game.
This wave has a few fat sections when it’s smaller but it’s more or less a technical surf break. So take a board with a bit of volume that will help you race down the line. Or simply paddle out on a longboard and cruise like you’re surfing a left-handed Atlantic ocean version of Malibu.
Even when there’s no swell, Las Cucharas still looks mighty tempting
This white sand beach is one of the best surf beaches on Lanzarote, purely because of its beauty. While it may not be as consistent as Famara or Orzola, it’s still worth checking when the conditions are right. Beginners looking for a fun little beach break will be more than impressed with its mellow vibe. Works best when the wind is blowing from the northwest.
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