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Playa de Famara

Playa de Famara

Lanzarote - Canary Island, Spain

Surf, Bodyboard

Famara is the most popular spot in Lanzarote. The beach is almost seven kilometres long with a beautiful surrounding landscape, impressive views and the Chinijo archipelago and La Graciosa Island in front, a virgin area that’s worlds apart from the most touristic areas in the south of the island. The beach begins in Caleta de Famara and ends at the foothills of the Risco mountain. It’s spacious and free of localism, has an excellent year round surf atmosphere and a spectacular setting of dunes and mountains.

There are various surf schools and camps nearby and the village is also near with many services such as shops, restaurants, bars, bike, scooter and car rentals. It’s also home to JMC Surftraining, one of the best surf camps in Europe in terms of functional and specific surf training which is run by Jose María Cabrera, one of the best European surfers. To get to Famara, the only airport is Lanzarote Airport in the capital Arrecife, just 25 minutes away in the south of the island. From the airport, the options are to get a taxi, which will always be more than thirty euros, take a ‘guagua’, or the best option is to rent a car as you’ll have the freedom to visit other spots and see other parts of this beautiful island. If you go by car, follow the signs to San Bartolome and then Tequise. Take care of your belongings and don’t leave anything valuable in the car.

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The most important peaks, from west to east, are the San Juan left, a long punchy wave with occasional barrels and a rocky bottom. It was chosen by the ASP to host some of the WQS events. El Cagao is a fun, short wave which gives lefts as well as a right at full tide and is suitable for all levels. The Muelle de Famara is another jewel in the north of the island due to its impressive quality for manoeuvres and barrels. A rocky bottom with lefts and rights, it’s a good option when there are heavy seas. The best peaks for beginners or those who are progressing are from this point onwards.

There are numerous lefts and rights, with sandy and mixed sand and rock bottoms, for all levels. These peaks are El Barco, long and easy, perfect for longboards, SUP and beginners who are starting to find the wall of the wave. El Codito is a peak which holds at high tide, especially with big NW swells. The nearby El Molino is the safest area of the beach and where the surf schools usually go to give classes. Next to this is the area known as El Palo, where the better quality banks usually are, and lastly, at the end of the El Papelillo beach under the Famara cliff is quite a good wave, especially with W swell.

Conditions

The best conditions can be found from the end of November through December, January and February, but in general the whole of the winter, from October to May, is good. It is open to swells from the west to the north and this exposure and great variety of breaks makes it a very consistent place which is rarely without waves. The best wind for the bay is SE and SW on the Caleta de Famara side. In any case, it’s better to get up early because the sideshore winds which ruin the conditions are common. All tides are good but the best is a rising tide. The bottom is sandy apart from the first 500 metres next to the beach where it’s rocky.

It can hold anything from 1 to 8 feet which is when it begins to phase out. The good conditions at this spot come with small swells as when the sea gets bigger the waves worsen. The centre of the bay generally receives more swell, the north of the bay is very exposed to the west so generates faster and more powerful waves, and the south is the opposite with gentler waves which are perfect for the numerous surf camps that make the most of the zone in the summer when the predominant swell is NE. With a good N swell you’ll get some fantastic lefts at the beginning of the beach and with a W swell, the rights at the end by the cliff are better.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Beachbreak
  • Wind
    SE
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    NNW
  • Bottom
    Sand and some Lava reef
  • Size
    1 to 6 ft
  • Time of year
    From September to April
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