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Three water sports for enjoying Spain’s coasts after the summer

There is still time to make the best of a late summer holiday at the beach by enjoying one of these three sports on Spain’s coasts.

  1. 1 The waves of Zarautz, perfect for surfing

    In 1991, Spain’s first surfing school opened in Zarautz, just 25 minutes from San Sebastián. Though it no longer exists, new clubs have been opening in the area ever since. The 2.5-kilometre beach is perfect for both experts and beginners, thanks to the different kinds of swells that characterise it. Some of the schools, such as Essus, even have courses for families who would like to try surfing with their children and get them started in the sport.

    The best months for surfing at the beach in Zarautz are from October to March, although you need to be careful, as the waves can frequently be big.

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    Zarautz, 25 minutes from San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa’s top surfing spot
    Fly to San Sebastián from 4,500 Avios each way and enjoy a surfing session at Zarautz beach - Image by Gari Garaialde/Getty Images
  2. 2 Kitesurfing spots in Fuerteventura

    The Windsurf and Kiteboard World Cup has been held on the beaches of Sotavento since 1985, which has popularised this sport on the island. What’s more, the weather and wind conditions so characteristic of this Canary Island – the closest to Africa – make it an ideal spot for lovers of this sport.

    The best places for kitesurfing on Fuerteventura are:

    • Sotavento: where the world cup is held and the area with the most wind – an offshore wind – on the island.
    • Flagbeach: in Corralejo, in the north, is where this sport is most popular and is perfect for all levels and ages.

    In addition, the Festival Mundial de Cometas kite festival is held here every November. Don’t miss it this year, from 7 to 10 November, flying to Fuerteventura from 7,500 Avios each way.

    Sotavento and Corralejo are two areas on Fuerteventura where kitesurfing has become one of the most popular sports.
    Next year, the Windsurf and Kiteboard World Cup will celebrate its 35th anniversary - Image by Desiree Martin/Getty Images
  3. 3 Sailing the Mallorcan coast

    The Balearic Islands have an impressive list of Olympic champions in different sailing styles, and is Spain’s most successful discipline.
    Mallorca is an ideal destination for getting started in sailing. The mild temperatures and stable winds favour this sport, which has brought well-known professional competitions such as the recent Copy del Rey king’s cup race to these waters.

    There is a wide variety of sailing schools on Mallorca that offer classes designed for the least experienced to those wanting professional qualifications. Most – such as the Puerto Portals sailing school – offer classes all year long.

    After a full day of sailing, you can also plan a rural getaway on the island.


    Mallorca is an ideal destination for renting sailboats and obtaining the sailing licence to enjoy exploring the coast on your own boat.
    Fly to Mallorca from 4,500 Avios each way and discover Spain’s most Olympic water sports - Images courtesy of Puerto Portals sailing school