Famara, or Caleta de Famara, is famous for its endless beach of golden sand. It is located in the northeast of Lanzarote and has more than 6km of golden sandy beach, where the sea, trade winds and sun blend together.
Surfers from various different areas gather here each day to take their first classes or continue improving their technique.
Its sandy bottom and the swell created, allow anyone to easily familiarise themselves with this sport, as the waves that form close to the shore are sufficiently powerful to drive the board without danger for someone with experience.
Although they are relatively easy waves, we recommend you get started with qualified instructors for the initial introduction. Having someone who knows the area and can guide you is the best way to become familiar with the spot where you are going to surf.
But Famara is not only for beginners.
In the same area where the beginners gather, other surfers at a higher level can normally be seen continuing to improve their technique with the waves that form before the surf. We could call this the intermediate level, where you are beginning to enjoy the surfboard and practice your skills alone, experiencing every wave.
There are a lot of breaking waves on the beach, but if you want a little more excitement, the area of La Caleta offers two waves for the more experienced: that of El Muelle and that of San Juan.
In order to reach that of San Juan, you have to walk along a dirt track that you will find at the end of the town. This wave is one of the best left breaks that you will find on the island, which makes it one of the favourites of local surfers and the venue for one of the Junior Pro Circuit events of the World Surf League.
You need to bear two factors in mind if you want to ride any of these waves.
The first is experience: these waves are for people at an advanced level, bear this in mind; and secondly, respect the locals. Here and in Hawaii, the locals have preference, bear in mind the priorities and you will have twice as much fun.
Other perfect beaches for those with experience are Las Cucharas (in Costa Teguise) and that of Órzola, to the north of the island. Both beaches are good for learning to paddle and being able to enter the water through sand.