About Playa de Famara

This huge arc of dark, volcanic sand is a real wave magnet, facing north by the village of Famara, then bends away for over six kilometres to face northwest. The middle of the bay really Hoovers up North Atlantic swell, but is smaller toward the village where the beginners and surf schools tend to congregate. When small there are numerous fun peaks to enjoy, but gets heavy as the size increases. Busy, but loads of room to spread out. Super popular tourist destination. Winds coming off the Sahara can be brutal!

Source: Playa de Famara Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Peaks close to the village are popular with the many surf schools, surf camps and beginners, best for experienced surfers when bigger due to power and rips.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Compared to many breaks on the island the welcome is positively glowing. Having said that, there is still a strong and competitive local crew.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy peak season.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Huge beach break that is home to some excellent banks, can be fun and rippable or heavy and hollow. A beach break alternative on an island of epic reefs.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad when smaller, heavy rips can form as the size ramps up.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Powerful waves when big, rips, rocks near village. vicious wind and sand combo.


Loads of parking at the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, sup, bodyboard


Sand with a shelf of reef near town.

Best Season

Works year round but a super popular winter spot - December to February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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