Lanzarote is so close to Europe, just 3 hours in a plane from the Spanish coast, 4 hours from the UK and yet so different to anywhere else I’ve ever been in Europe – it’s the ultimate family surfing holiday – The Canary Islands are just off the coast of Africa and it’s like being in Mexico! Life is good here. The weather is great, really dry and warm – the washing dries in minutes which is a bonus!
It’s best to hire a car at the airport, the roads are very easy to navigate and you can see for miles around you – the landscape is dramatic, big volcanic hills and vast planes of volcanic rock dropping down into the wild oceans below, hardly any trees or greenery in Lanzarote. It’s like a cross between Mexico and the moon!
Surf check at Spanish lefts, Caleta de Caballos and la Santa and ended up in Famara – a really mellow beach break further north of La Santa. Jack, my 4 year old, was stoked learning to surf in the white water, super safe, no strong currents and a sandy bottom – the surf instructor from the local surf school gave him a quick lesson on the beach and then pushed him into a few fun ones – Jack was up and riding first wave and loving it! It’s the perfect place for a family surfing holiday.
We ate lunch in La Santa Restaurant – really good food, kids menu, everybody happy. Off to the swimming pool for a swim and then went for a tour around the island and a ride on a camel over the volcanoes – the kids loved it….it’s such a different culture, it’s an amazing family surfing holiday and great for the children to discover another part of the world and so many good waves to surf!
Next day up for a dawny, wind was up but the waves were good – the locals don’t get early so jumped out for a surf at the Spanish lefts – just two of us out at 7:45am- some great waves just after the hide tide – 24 degrees in the water – what more could you ask for in Europe! Cheap flights, warm water, waves for everyone, good, cheap food, kids happy means everyone will be happy on your next family surfing holiday!!
Mother and Surfer and Director of The Perfect Wave in Europe