Spain’s location on the Iberian Peninsula makes it an ideal surfing destination. At the very point where the country borders France, the Bay of Biscay produces unparalleled waves that crash upon the white sand beaches and rocky coves near País Vasco’s stately Parador Hondarribia. Equally thrilling waves rush in from the Atlantic and make for excellent conditions on the beaches in Tarifa, Conil and Chiclana, all easily accessed from gleaming Parador Cádiz.
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The Basque Country’s location on the Bay of Biscay allows it to enjoy a far milder winter than would be expected for a region at such a northern latitude; these conditions translate to relatively mild year-round weather, letting surfers make the most of the autumn and winter, when the waves are especially fantastic.
Hondarribia’s beach is excellent for making the best of these conditions thanks to its largely exposed layout and its relative peace: it’s a rarely crowded spot, allowing novices and experts alike to take to the waves without having to worry about colliding with other surfers or swimmers. If you aren’t already an expert, worry not - numerous surf schools in this picturesque Basque village cater to beginners.
After a day in the water, head back to Parador Hondarribia – an ancient fortress – for sumptuous relaxation within its grand stone walls. Enjoy an evening out on the town, dropping in for traditional Basque pintxos and a glass of local txakoli, the region’s deliciously crisp, slightly sparkling dry white wine.
For an Andalusian experience, head to Cádiz to take in some of the Atlantic’s best waves at the beaches in nearby Tarifa which is known around the world for its particularly good wind and kitesurfing conditions. La Playa del Palmar, a favourite amongst all surfers, and Conil de la Frontera, a peaceful, sunny spot for more casual action, are the best options.
Cádiz itself boasts perfect beaches where beginners can practice, as does Chiclana, which is known for its surf school, and is perfectly accessible from Parador Cádiz, a gleaming glass and steel structure just steps from La Caleta beach.
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