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Playa de la Cicer

Playa de la Cicer

Las Palmas - Gran Canaria - Canary Islands, Spain

Surf, Bodyboard

La Cicer is a spot located in the capital of Gran Canaria, on Las Canteras Beach, a three kilometre long beach with dark volcanic sand and the surf mecca of Gran Canaria. The beach is between the Alfredo Klaus Auditorium, located at the south, and the Puntilla zone, located at the north. It can be divided into three zones: The northern zone is protected from the waves by what is called La Barra, a natural barrier of sedimentary sandstone and limestone rock which sticks out like a reef. The central zone is known as Playa Chica and is where you’ll find the beach’s most famous rock called La Peña de la Vieja. This zone is also protected by a small rock barrier and is separate from the main one which is known as La Barra Amarilla. The southern zone is formed by La Cicer.

It’s a blue flag beach with lifeguards, toilets, showers and hot springs. All of this is accompanied by a wide variety of leisure activities, restaurants, bars and all kinds of facilities for various sports such as beach volleyball, basketball and football as well as a skatepark, El Refugio, which is nearby in the harbour by the Elder Science and Technology Museum. Las Canteras has a multicultural atmosphere and an outdoor lifestyle all year round. Most days are sunny and the average annual temperature is around 20 ºC, making it one of the best climates in the world.

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With regards to surfing, it has been the reference urban beach for the Canarian surf and bodyboard scene since the seventies. It’s suitable for all levels and it’s recommended to go early, at dawn. Starting in the north the peaks are as follows El Piti, in front of a hot spring. La Trinchera (the trench) is called so as it used to be an old bunker. The La Rubia peak coincides with a rounded rock that’s under the surface of the sea and was named in honour of Sarito, one of the first surfers there. The La Cicer peaks are from there onwards, the popular El Barranco peak being in front of the Barranco de La Ballena river mouth. El Bufo is more or less in front of Bar Noño. Los Muellitos is next to the auditorium, and finally, the best quality peak El Lloret is to the left of the auditorium. Surfers like Julián Cuello, Eduardo Acosta, Damian Moro, Javi Medina, Antonio Marques, Adelina Taylor and Luis Díaz, one of the biggest local promises, are all regulars in the northern zone of Gran Canaria.

The transport links are excellent as most airlines have inexpensive flights daily. The airport is situated around 20 km from the capital and there is a public bus service available. You will easily find accommodation near to La Cicer as there are many hostels, hotels and surf camps, plus you’ll have easy access to the waves from your chosen accommodation. This destination is perfect for those looking for surf and a great vibe.

Conditions

The surf in Las Canteras, like in the rest of the Canary Islands is special, above all during the autumn and winter when the wave periods are more consistent and the conditions are better. Swells from the NW are very good, NNW are perfect and there are even some good small NE swells in the winter. It works with all tides and from 2 to 8 feet but if it’s bigger it’s better to look for alternative peaks. The best conditions are with 4 to 6 feet and S – SE wind.

On the south side of Las Canteras, La Cicer doesn’t have any rock barriers like the other areas so it’s the most consistent with fun peaks distributed the whole way along, among those are El Barranco, El Bufo, Los Muellitos with cobblestone bottoms next to the auditorium, and finally, the best quality peak, El Lloret on the left side of the auditorium. Just take care as at about 50 metres, to the right of the Red Cross hut, there are some rocks which you can only see at low tide.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Beachbreak
  • Wind
    S
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    NW - NNW
  • Bottom
    Sand and Cobblestone
  • Size
    2 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From September to April
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