When you think of surfing in Spain, where do you automatically think of? San Sebastian? Mundaka? Zarautz?
How about surfing on the Costa de la Luz in Andalucia, or Conil to be more exact…
Not many people even think there are waves down there, I certainly didn’t. But word is slowly starting to spread that there are awesome waves down there all year round.
Our friends Laura and Ramon, who run Trafalgar Surf School in Conil, gave us the low down on the region and all it has to offer. They’ve been running Trafalgar for more than seven years and people come back to stay with them year after year. And if you don’t believe us, check out their Trip Advisor reviews
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The main surf season on the Andalucian coast runs from October to April, when you’ll find fairly consistent 3-4 ft waves on huge sandy beaches, with a lot less people than you’ll see in the better known surf spots in the Basque region in the north of Spain.
The long, sandy bottomed beaches and slow rolling waves make the area perfect for catching lots of waves and really working on the areas of surfing you want to improve.
Even in the winter swell season it’s rarely really big for days on end and the winding nature of the coast means there are lots of options depending on the wind or swell directions. The area doesn’t tend to attract advanced surfers, but if you ask me that can only be a good thing.
Trafalgar Surf School is based in Conil, not far from its more famous neighbour El Palmar. The waves are a little gentler and there are far fewer people in Conil making it the perfect option for mellow wavers that don’t want to fight for waves!
Laura tells me the best time of year is Spring and Autumn. “There are less crowds than in the summer, the waves are better and the water is warmer.” The photos speak for themselves…
That’s not to say there are no waves in summer. Laura and Ramon say there are still small, mellow waves rolling in, ideal for learning or perfecting your pop up.
You’ll probably want something with a little more volume here, especially in summer.
If you’re coming from the UK or Europe, the budget airlines will probably want more than the cost of your flight to take your board making renting out there a better option. (Read our article on whether to take your board with you here)
Trafalgar have a huge selection of standard boards from shortboards to longboards and plenty of mini mals to rent from just €18 per day. There aren’t many surf shops in Conil, but El Palmar just up the road has plenty.
Trafalgar Surf School runs surf camps and has its own apartment in Conil that sleeps six. Smack bang in between the centre of town and the beach, makes it perfectly placed for both surfing and nightlife. Click play on the video for a quick tour…
The apartment is lovely and prices for a complete surf camp start from just €329 per week. That includes 7 nights shared accommodation in their Atalaya Apartment, 5 Morning surf lessons and 2 afternoon practice surf sessions as well as theory sessions covering everything from ocean safety and types of surfboards to how the weather affects the surf. You’ll also get photos of you surfing and get to tap into Laura and Ramon’s local knowledge. They’ll even take you on a tour of the local tapas bars and help you organise any other activities.
Conil is typically Spanish, with tapas bars and breakfast cafes. There’s not a huge amount of English spoken so it’s a great place to practice your rusty GCSE Spanish!
The nearest airport is Jerez, but Conil is also close to Seville and Malaga. The guys will do airport pick ups from just € 60, or there’s a pretty good bus service that will get you there, just not quite as quickly.
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If you’re not already sold on Conil as a great surf destination, it’s also just a great place to have a holiday. It looks like a typical Spanish town, with white buildings clinging to the hills leading down to long, golden beaches. And one of the best things about the area is that there heaps of things to do if there’s no surf, or if you’re going with someone who’s not that keen on surfing.
They can also offer climbing, cycling, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and horse riding. Alongside the tapas bars and stunning beaches, there’s plenty of stuff to please even the stubbornest of non-surfers!
We hope you’re as excited about a trip to Conil as we are! Please visit their website to find out more and book a trip! And don’t forget to tell them you came from Mellow Waves!
Have you been to Conil? Got any tips or advice? We’d love to hear it so let us know in the comments below…