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El Médano

El Médano

Tenerife – Canary Island, Spain


El Médano is a tourist area located in Granadilla Abona, in the south of Tenerife. It has many small beaches and coves scattered along the whole of the coast. The Red Mountain separates El Médano from La Tejita, the largest on the island. It’s quite easy to get to as Tenerife South Airport is only seven kilometres away, and there is a motorway and bus service. It’s windy all year round and there are many surf, windsurf and kitesurf schools.

El Médano Bay is a large beach with fine dark sand and good side-offshore to side-onshore sailing conditions. Very near to the bunker in El Médano is El Cabezo beach, where kitesurf and windsurf competitions are held, for example the PWA Wave World Cup. This has two zones, north of the bay where you can surf with mid to low tide and the south zone, where the conditions are better for slalom and waves. You can also sail in El Muelle where the wind is more sideshore, although it isn’t as strong. It’s recommended to only sail with low tide due to the danger of the quay.



It is one of the best spots to windsurf in the Canary Islands. The NE trade winds blow from Spring, maintaining an average of 21 knots until the end of the summer or beginning of autumn. 

El Médano Bay has the best conditions when there is a south swell and side-offshore to side-onshore winds. Pay attention to the swells as the waves can reach three metres, making for incredible jumps. The waves are long and you can surf frontside. Take care of the rocks around the bunker and the gusty conditions which can be quite common. There can also be good conditions with onshore wind, along with waves big enough for jumping. If the wind is SE it will be flat, ideal for slalom and freestyle.

El Cabezo works with NNE to E wind, during the summer with the trade winds, and you can sail with side-onshore wind taking care of the rocks during high tide. The wind often makes the waves bigger and cleaner when the tide is rising. To sail at this spot it is advisable to have experience, above all around the bunker where it is shallow and there are strong currents.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
  • Wind
  • Tide
  • Bottom
  • Size
    2 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    May, June, July, August, September
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