Resort Guide: Lanzarote, Canaries, Spain

cómo ilegar ahí

 

by Car

 

Driving will take 4 days at least, and includes a mammoth trek through Europe to Cadiz in Spain, where you can cross by Ferry to Gran Canaria and then travel again by Ferry to Lanzarote. For a 2 week trip, you would have to be slightly mad to go by car. For an 4 month Canary island summer adventure it might be worth it. But trust us on this one and use a plane.

by plane

 

Flights to Lanzarote can be stupidly cheap ranging from as little as £69.99 on some good deals.

But if you want to go at peak season then expect to pay anything up to £300 especially if you are late to book. Shop around and book early to get a good deal. On arrival to Arricefe, Costa Teguise is only a 20 minute drive away. Hordes of Taxi’s wait to pounce on you to take you to your destination and then shout “arriba los manos, dame dinero, ote mato” (but only in extreme circumstances).

 

useful travel companies

 

 

when to go

The best wind is in July, but July has the least swell. Spring is better for waves and your holiday will certainly be cheaper outside of school holidays. The wind backs off in the autumn and the swell returns. However, you can get lucky and get a winter week away with awesome wind and waves and it’s a lot warmer than mainland Europe.

 

renting a car

 

If you stay in Costa Teguise and plan to hire kit then a car might not be necessary. The beach is, at the most, a 15 minute walk away from the hotels. However, if you want to explore the many beaches and the features that the island has to offer, then hire a car as it will work out cheaper and more comfortable than a camel.

If you take your own windsurfing kit then a car is essential as you will want to check out some of the other beaches.

 

care hire companies at the airport

how the wind works

The trade winds that affect the whole Canary Island chain come from the N/NE and hit Costa Teguise in a cross-shore to cross-offshore angle. (The wind is called the Passat in Lanzarote). The wind also has a thermal effect so will be at it’s windiest during the hottest part of the day. Unfortunately, there is a very inconveniently placed hotel right on the beach making the winds as gusty as possible near the beach, even more so in a northerly. Head further out for cleaner winds (see below).

 

water state

 

For Blasting, Cruising and Freestyle..

If you can imagine yourself standing on Las Curachas, the main Costa Teguise beach, in your boardies and looking out to sea, then directly in front of you will be flat and sheltered. The only problem here is that the wind will be very gusty, thanks to a massive hotel that confuses the wind. However, as you look out to sea you will see rolling swell and chop; this is the windsurfers’ playground. Don’t worry about being far out as you will be surrounded by fellow sailors and if you need a rest, there is a conveniently placed platform amongst the fun conditions that a lot of windsurfers use for a quick break or for a heave ho on their downhaul.

 

For bump, jump and playful waves..

 

A couple of tacks upwind and you will find yourself on the main reef. If the swell is small then you will be having the time of your life in the playful waves which are perfect for a bit of jumping and waveriding. If there is an exceptional swell, as there was when I visited, the waves can be absolutely enormous, bigger than a house. Break your kit on the reef on a big day and you will find yourself questioning some of the decisions you made just 2.5 seconds earlier!

 

An infrequent but smackable lip..

Even further upwind there is a harbour entrance. On occasions this will produce a very nice short wave and a smackable lip. A lot of locals sail from this harbour. There is a car park and sand to rig on but the launch is a little tricky over a slippery reef. It is the nearest spot to the Sands Beach Villas Resort.

 

other spots

 

Near Costa Teguise

Playa Honda: Freestyle flat and windy, this spot is 3km south of Arrecife. 

El Tiburon: The trade winds blow cross-shore to cross-off here, and it is generally quieter than the other spots. The waves are quite consistent. 

Playa Matagorda: Similar to Costa Teguise, Matagorda is perfect for flat water blasting and bump and jump.

 

Further Afield

Orzola: A rocky break that will get good waves. Only for advanced. 

Famara: A quiet spot that is dead cross shore in the Passat trade winds and has good waves. 

Jameos Del Agua: 20km north of Costa Teguise you will find several reef breaks. The launch is hard to get to and will make mincemeat of bare feet even before you deal with the punchy shore break. On an incoming tide you can get waves that you should simply leave to the professionals!