Windsurfing | El Puerto de Santa María

Windsurfing is one of the most popular sports in El Puerto de Santa Maria and attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over the world to this beautiful region in Spain.
The close by village of Tarifa, 100km down the coast at the most southern point of the peninsula, is known to be the windsurfing epicenter of Europe. This is the windiest spot in Europe with more than 250 days per year over 5 Bft. 
Tarifa can be quite crowded, especially in the summer months. The conditions at the beaches of El Puerto de Santa Maria are similar to Tarifa, but without the crowds.
The Strait of Gibraltar is forcing the winds through the most narrow part between Africa and Europe creating this consistant power of winds. On its way along the Costa de la Luz the strong Levante wind will have lost 2Bft. of strength until it reaches the beaches of the Cadiz bay.

Winds in El Puerto de Santa Maria - Poniente and Levante

The winds Poniente and Levante guarantee variety on the waters around El Puerto de Santa Maria. Days without any wind in the Cadiz area can be counted on two hands.
One of the two winds will certainly be blowing most of the days of the year.

Levante wind 

Direction   going offshore from the East
Strength in Beaufort   4-8 Bft.
Water   Flat water
Sail sizes   Sails Wave/Freestyle, 3,5m² - 4,2m² - 5,0m²
Board sizes   Boards Wave/Freestyle/Speed, 65 - 95 litros.
Best months   Spring and autumn
Best spots   Canos de Meca, Tarifa

Poniente wind

coming onshore from the West
Strength in Beaufort   3-6 Bft.
Water   Atlantic wind waves
Sail sizes  
Sail Freestyle/Slalom, 4,7m² - 5,3m² - 6,0m²
Board sizes  
Board Slalom/Freestyle, 80 - 120 Liters Volume
Best months   November til May
Best spots  
El Puerto de Santa Maria, Tarifa

Spots and beaches for windsurfing in El Puerto de Santa Maria and alrededores

Windsurfing-Spot El Puerto de Santa Maria

In the bay of El Puerto de Santa Maria you find good conditions to improve your windsurfing skills or enjoy some heavy days if you are already a experienced windsurfer.
Most of the days you'll surf here almost alone. Make sure you bring a bigger sail size as well, so you can have fun on days with 4 Bft., too.

Windsurfing-Spot Playa El Palmar

The beach of El Palmar is situated 15km south of Chiclana and has a reputation to be the best surfing spot at the Costa de la Luz.
On days with good waves the surfers will most likely ask you to keep a distance to them, but the general rule is here: the more wind, the less surfers will sit in the waves.
The beach is 3km long, so there should be enough space for everybody.

Windsurfing-Spot Playa de Canos de Meca

Caños de Meca is the name of this less known windsurf spot at the Costa de la Luz. 
On days with 9-19 Bft. in Tarifa, it'll still be solid 7 Bft. in Caños de Meca. Extra flavour is being added by the outside reef that generates great waves.  
If you prefer the water to be a bit more calm, then we recommend the other side of the bay, which is protected by the point and provides flat water. 

Windsurfing-Spot Playa Bolonia

On days with too much wind in Valdevaqueros, we recommend to drive to the next bay named Bolonia. Usually the wind looses 1-2 Bft. until it reaches Bolonia. 
Kitesurfing is not allowed in Bolonia. A German windsurfing center has opened in Bolonia in 2006 offering quailfied lessons and rental equipment.

Windsurfing-Spot Playa Valdevaqueros, Tarifa

The city beach of Tarifa is not recommendable for Levante days, as there's wind holes created by the hosues of town. 
The other end of the bay, the Valdevaqueros, is certainly the better choice for those days. It's easy to find, just dirve from Tarifa in direction Cadiz and look out for the sand dune at the bottom of the mountain of San Bartolo. 
This is where the most windsurfer can be seen. There is a windsurf zone and a kitesurf zone to handle the amount of people in the water. 
The shape of the bay provides that the Levante reaches its strongest force at this spot. Further outside the Levante creates great waves for jumping.

Windsurfing Schools and windsurfing Shops

Unfortunately, there is no windsurf station in or near El Puerto de Santa Maria to rent material or take lessons. You'll have to bring your own material.
The offer of rental material or windsurf lessons in Tarifa, 100km away from El Puerto de Santa Maria, fulfill any windsurfers needs for sure.


Windsurfing shops in Tarifa

  • Big Fish Tarifa
  • Sailboards Tarifa
  • Bull Surfshop
  • Surfeador

Windsurfing schools in Tarifa

  • Tarifa Smile
  • Club Mistral Skyrider
  • Spin Out Surf Center

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