Surf

"(El Palmar)...is the best surfing beach of the Cádiz area. From even half a metre the waves have strength & it can hold up to 2.5m. Fast shorebreak waves, poweful & with acceptable length. A high quality spot. We say - Best surfing in Andalucía however irregular conditions. Waves Sept to June. Watch out for the power of the bigger waves." © Stormrider Guide to Surfing in Europe (Low Pressure publishing)
"(Los Caños)...it breaks at low tide protected from the west winds. It's a left although sometimes has rights of poor quality. At low tide breaks with little depth and it is then that the wave has quality walling up hollow & long. Classic reef spot. It breaks when El Palmar is at least 3ft. We say – Good description but watch out for the rocks at low tide." © Stormrider Guide to Surfing in Europe (Low Pressure publishing)

Kitesurfing spots

  • Trafalgar beach (El Faro) – Launch on the beach towards the lighthouse, easy to find. Good sailing when it blows in light or strong levante (easterly). Good launch point without obstructions. Waves will come in after a couple of days of levante in summer or most of the iwnter. Tack upwind to the apartments to catch the best waves. Watch out low tide for the rocks towards the lighthouse. Uncrowded off season with locals only unless it’s a howler in Tarifa & they all come to Trafalgar. Busy summer. Watch out for the headland currents & we advise against sailing the other side of the isthmus.
  • El Palmar beach – Only viable in poniente SW. Lonely sailing here as so few people do. Often fast flat water sailing and usually wave action through the winter. Fantastic beach launch, no rocks. Take care with wind direction.
  • Conil – Good as for El Palmar, small lagoon at high tide perfect for learning. Plenty of locals sailing from the town when conditions are good.

Windsurf spots

Los Caños (Traflgar) - Needs to be blowing a good f5/6 to be worth sailing here otherwise head for nearby Tarifa. With good Levante (f7/8) sail opposite the Apartmentos in Los Caños. The car park is full of Tarifeños on good days. Excellent wave action in winter. Watch out launching mid-low tide for rocks. No other beaches particularly good here unless it’s a strong poniente wind (SW). Remember - No safety boat services on this stretch of coast.

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