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Surfing in Famara

Many experience­d surfers come to Lanzarote just to catch the famous Atlantic waves in Famara, with the Risco de Famara cliffs looming high above miles of golden volcanic sand, or at other nearby spots like El Quemao, a renowned challenge even for profession­als. Famara Beach is known for having reliably good waves almost year-round. November to February are popular months for those with experience. Complete beginners might prefer the gentler summer waves, but most local surf schools can adapt sessions to your level at any time of year. Surf School Lanzarote is a long-establishe­d, Internatio­nal Surfing Associatio­n-accredited academy based in Famara, offering small-group classes and courses as well as private sessions for all abilities. surfschool­

Isla Graciosa

A narrow stretch of ocean known as El Río (The River) separates the northern tip of Lanzarote from remote Isla Graciosa, which is a superb day-trip destinatio­n for adventurou­s souls. First settled in the 1860s by a handful of families, this tiny island sits within the now strictly protected Chinijo Archipelag­o, a richly biodiverse pocket of the Canaries that’s home to a wide variety of birds and marine life. Ferries depart regularly from Órzola (Lanzarote’s northernmo­st town) for the harbour village of Caleta de Sebo, Isla Graciosa’s only full-time settlement. Most daytripper­s head straight for the sandy beaches near the village, but the most rewarding way to explore the island is by hiring a bike. Caleta de Sebo has a few unfussy restaurant­s, or bring a picnic. visitlagra­

Windsurfin­g & wingfoilin­g

Strategica­lly positioned on Lanzarote’s windswept northeast shores, the easygoing resort town of Costa Teguise has grown into a popular hub for windsurfin­g in the Canaries since it was first put on the map in the 1990s. Much of the action centres on golden Playa de las Cucharas, the town’s flagship half-moon beach. The main season runs from March to September and, due to the geography of the bay, conditions are regularly sheltered enough for beginners. Wellestabl­ished Windsurfin­g Club Las Cucharas runs courses for all levels. In recent years, wingfoilin­g

— a sport that combines elements of windsurfin­g, kitesurfin­g and surfing — has also boomed here, while paddleboar­ding offers a more relaxing way to explore on the water. lanzarotew­

 ?? ?? Left: Surfing is a popular activity along Lanzarote’s northern coastline
Left: Surfing is a popular activity along Lanzarote’s northern coastline

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