The bulls, waves and tapas of Spain
- 28 January 2011 | Travel
Some of the best surfing in Europe lies in Spain, with over 4,000km of coastline from the stunning, mountainous coastline of Cantabria in the North, to the low lying, dry coastline in the south. Surf breaks such as Mundaka, Barbate, Los Locos and Santa Marina are a few that are well known around the world.
Surfing in Spain was first introduced around 1960 when some traveling French surfers went on safari looking for new waves in the Basque Region. Since then, surfing has caught fire with the Spanish people, producing some of Europe's best surfing talent.
Today, Spain holds some of the world's greatest waves, and the Billabong Pro Mundaka is a major stop on the ASP World Tour circuit. With an adventurous spirit and a little planning, surfing Spain can be an amazing experience, both in and out of the water.
There are waves anywhere. Just like bull fights and tapas. Zarautz, Pantin, Sopelana and Doniños deliver top quality waves all year round.
As with the rest of Europe, the surf season in Spain runs all year round. September to April sees incredibly consistent surf, and warm waves. The best waves are found on the North Atlantic coast. However, the Southern Atlantic coast is consistently warm and offers excellent uncrowded surfing conditions in the winter months.
Spain receives a comfortable warm climate during the winter months, and long hot days in the summer. The water temperature in the summer allows you to surf in only a pair of shorts, and even in the middle of winter a 3/2mm wetsuit is fine.
Not only is Spain so rich in the quality of surf, but it is a fascinating country to visit purely for its incredible food, beautiful landscapes and welcoming people.
Errant Surf Holidays can guide you through the best surf spots of Spain.