Best time to visit Canary Islands

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in Canary Islands

Grab your board and catch the wind at the best windsurfing destination in Europe

Best time: May–September

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

The Canary Islands with its constant off-shore winds and trade winds are a real paradise for windsurfers. It is definitely the best windsurfing destination in Europe. North/northeasterly trade winds are particularly intense during the summer months.

Constant wind and the best waves can be found on the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. All these islands offer schools and equipment rental for windsurfers. On the northeastern shore of Gran Canaria, you can meet surfers of all levels. Pozo Izquierdo and Playa Vargas beaches are mostly preferred​ by professionals, while beginners usually choose the south of the island to practice.

Corralejo in Fuerteventura offers seven km of beautiful white sand beaches, half of which is for kitesurfing. Sotavento and Corralejo are the most popular among windsurfers. Tazacorte is another ideal place for trying windsurfing for the first time. If you are a rider of an intermediate level, try out some spots with constant winds at Playa de El Médano in Tenerife.

Lanzarote island offers regular northeastern trade winds blowing from April to September. Thi​s brings a lot of fun and excitement for windsurfers. There are also lots of schools and qualified instructors for kitesurfers. You can find several kitesurfing schools near Famara, which is considered the best kitesurfing location on the island.

Practical info

What is the suitable time to visit the Canary Islands for windsurfing?

May to September is the recommended time to visit the Canary Islands for windsurfing. During these months, the northeast trade winds blow at varying speeds, making it enjoyable for both expert and novice surfers. The temperature is also pleasant with warm but not excessively hot weather, making it the perfect environment for wind-based water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Show more

Which locations are ideal for beginners to windsurf in Gran Canaria?

Novice windsurfers in Gran Canaria should frequent the southern beaches of the island, which offer relatively calm waters. Some of the popular beaches preferred for this sport include Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. While in the north-eastern parts of the island, Pozo Izquierdo and Playa Vargas are known for their constant winds and waves and are thus perfect for expert windsurfers. Visitors should note that these popular spots can be crowded during peak season. Show more

Which beaches are popular for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura's Corralejo boasts seven kilometers of white sand beaches with half of the beach reserved for kitesurfing. Sotavento Beach is a prime spot for windsurfers and kitesurfers alike, hosting a couple of international kitesurfing competitions. Ajuy is another popular kitesurfing spot with shallow, clear waters, situated on the island's west coast. Its popularity stems from the unmatched surfing experience it offers to windsurfers and kitesurfers alike. Show more

What time is the peak period for trade winds in Lanzarote?

The optimal time to experience trade winds in Lanzarote is from April to September. During these months, the northeast winds range from 12 to 25 knots, providing a perfect atmosphere for windsurfers and kitesurfing enthusiasts. Arrieta's eastern coast suits beginners in windsurfing, Famara beach is the top spot for kitesurfing, while La Santa and Costa Teguise are perfect locations for intermediate and advanced windsurfers. Show more

Are there instructors and schools for kitesurfing in Tenerife?

Tenerife has many kitesurfing schools and instructors who cater to windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. Playa de El Médano is a favorite spot for intermediate-level windsurfers because of its consistent winds. Fañabé and El Duque beaches, Costa Adeje host many kitesurfing schools. They offer rental equipment and guided courses for both novice and advanced level kitesurfing enthusiasts. Visitors are encouraged to try out the schools for a memorable kite surfing experience. Show more

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