Surfing | Conil de la Frontera

Information on courses, beaches, locations, repair services & schools in Conil de la Frontera

Some of Spain's best surfing spots are situated in between Tarifa and Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz

Storms in the Atlantic ocean are causing the swell reaching the Spanish Atlantic coast. This is why the best months to find good waves are between October and May, when the stroms are more frequent. 

On good days you'll encounter waves up to 3m. The best days are when the Levante wind changes to Poniente wind and the water is going to be glassy. Windless days are rare, but always better for the wave conditions.

In your quiver you should at least have two boards for the Costa de la Luz:

  1. Fish, Longboard or Mini-Malibu
  2. Shortboard (5.8 - 6.8)

Surf spots in Conil de la Frontera and at the Costa de la Luz

Surf spot El Palmar, Costa de la Luz

El Palmar is the beach with the most surfable days in the year. It's situated about 8km from Conil de la Frontera down the Costa de la Luz. Some surf schools offer beginners courses and rent the surf material.

Andalusia's epicenter of surfing is El Palmar, it attracts locals from near and far, especially at the weekends. But the beach is long enough for everyone and peaks are plenty at this beach break. 

We recommend to surf El Palmar preferebly with lower tides. That's when it works best and provides waves about shoulder high.

Surf spot Caños de Meca, Costa de la Luz

Another great spot is Caños de Meca , about 8km in the south of El Palmar. The wave breaks 70m from the shore at a reef right infront of the touristric urbanisation "Playa del Estrecho". 

Stones make the entrance to the water a bit difficult here. Cuts in your feet will be unavoidable, unless you wear surf shoes. 

This wave can be the longest ride on good days when the swell direction is perfect. 

Surf spot Yerbabuena, Barbate

Another recommendable spot on days when Conil and El Palmar gets too big and chaotic is situated on the right end of the bay of Barbate.

The point of this cape is generating this wave on days with strong swell. Yerbabuena will be protected from the wind if the direction is north-western, so check the forecast before you go surfing here.
The surroundings of this spot are magnificent.

You should park your car inside the port of Barbate, because some cars that were parked closer to the spot got broken open and robbed.

Surf spot Punta Paloma, Tarifa

The Punta Paloma is situated at the right end of the Tarifa bay, where the large sand dune is. It never gets crowded here.

The Spanish call this spot also Benavides. Even the way to this beach is a nice experience. Take the little path from the public parking behind the dune through the pine woods and cross some smaller sand dunes until you see this liitle beach with stones in the water on the left and right. 

In between these rocks is where the waves break perfectly on days with a bit a bit of southern swell.


Surf school and surfing lessons in Conil Andalusia

Conil and the Costa de la Luz provide excellent conditions to learn surfing. It's always recommendable to get some first instructions in a surf school, so you learn about safety aspects and basic knowledge.

After the beginners course you have to practice, practice, practice... ;-)

Surfing is not a sport to be learned within 2 weeks of holidays. It takes many years to be a really good surfer. But loads of fun, an intense physical challenge and an impressive natural experience is what you get from the very first day on. 

Here our recommendations where to learn surfing in Andalusia: 

Oceano Surf School, El Palmar

  1. Avda. Playa del Palmar
  2. 11500 El Palmar
  3. Tel.: (0034) 956 440 045
Distance   8km south of Conil de la Frontera
Driving time   ca. 10min
Instructors   German, English, Spanish
Season   October til June
Services   Lessons for beginners, advanced, rental/sales, surf trips
Directions   Take the road along the coast until El Palmar -> park infront of Hostel Alferez
Contact   Oceano Surf School

Prices surf school

Beginner lesson   1,5 hours 29,00 € / 3 hours 55,00 € / 4,5 hours 80,00 €
Advanced lesson   5 days (morning sessions with Pro instructor) 150,00 €
Privat coaching   adopting to your exiting skills, 1,5 hours 75,00 €

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