Some people look for a destination that is affordable but also has a great nightlife, while others look for a destination where they can surf, relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But what everyone has in common is that they are looking for rolling waves and open beaches, where they can enjoy surfing amazing waves. If you are looking for a perfect destination that does just that, Gran Canaria has some highly rated spots that are ideal for surfing for both beginners and experts.

Plus the weather is warm and sunny all year round, whilst there are some really great places to stay for all budgets.

Below are the four best surf beaches for you to discover in Gran Canaria. 


1. Las Canteras

Las Canteras

Stretching over 3 kilometres in length, many people head to Las Canteras for its golden sands and crystal clear waters.

Venture to the southern side of Las Canteras where you can enjoy the surf waves, beginners can dip their toes in the water and learn the techniques of surfing, whilst experts can take the waves and test their skills.

Being based in the northeast of Gran Canaria, a stone throw away from the capital city Las Palmas, you can enjoy plenty of restaurants and bar once you are done surfing. 


2. Maspalomas

Maspalomas dunes beach

Maspalomas is one of the most popular beaches in Spain with tourists.

If you are looking to surf here, you will want to head towards the Maspalomas lighthouse, west to the centre of the beach. Here the rip current is stronger, allowing for bigger waves to surf on.

If you fancy trying something a little different, you will also find people windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle surfing. After a session in the water, relax on the golden sands, before heading into Maspalomas for your evening entertainment. 


3. El Confital

El Confital, Gran Canaria

With a high reputation, some will say the best waves in Europe, El Confital is a popular destination when looking to catch some waves in Gran Canaria.

Located in the northeast of Canaria, El Confital is ideal for the more experienced surfers. Try to visit when the conditions are best which is normally between September and May at high tide.

Some major events are hosted at El Confital including ASP WQS and the Red Bull Rival. 


4. El Lloret

El Lloret

Another popular surf spot for the experienced surfer, El Lioret is known for not being for the faint-hearted.

El Lloret is based in the capital of Gran Canaria, right next to Alfredo Kraus Auditorium. This location is perfect for more experienced surfers, especially as getting into the water here isn't easy.

Here you’ll find plenty of like-minded surfers, looking to enjoy the waves.

Once you are exhausted after a tough session surfing the waves, head to town and enjoy the choice of restaurants and bars.


Plan a Surf Break to Gran Canaria

If you are looking for one of the best places to go surfing in Europe, then Gran Canaria really is highly recommended.

Which beaches in Gran Canaria are your favourite to visit? Have you been to one of the ones featured on our list? If you would like to share any tips let us know in the comment section below.