Hawaii, Australia, California…when you think of the big surf spots around the world, it’s unlikely that Majorca will be at the top of your list. This little Mediterranean island isn’t known for its big waves, and has traditionally been home to more windsurfers, who take advantage of the breeze to power them across the waves.
In fact, surfing was only really introduced to Majorca in the 1980’s, primarily for entertainment on the days that there was no wind for the windsurfers. Now, there are several surf schools on the island, but it still suits beginners who are looking for their first taste of the waves, rather than people hunting down the big record-breaking surf. This makes surfing in Majorca a great choice for families, who can enjoy a taster session without needing to face huge waves.
Whether you’re unsure which way up a surfboard goes, or you’re a seasoned pro, here’s all you need to know about surfing along the Majorcan coast.
Best time to go
Whilst the summer months are the most popular time for tourists to visit the island, it’s actually the autumn and the spring that are best for surfing, as the wind is stronger, and creates more waves. Whilst the wind can be hard to predict, when the conditions are right, Majorca offers good beginner surfing conditions.
Travelling off-peak also means that once you’re done with the water, you can get the most out of the island’s historic and foodie sites, without the crowds. Majorca is full of pretty villages, so take a stroll as you dry off, and sip a cool drink at one of the local restaurants to refuel. Or, if you just can’t get enough, swap your surfboard for a snorkel and discover the beautiful world that lies beneath the waves.
Where to go
Bay of Alcudia
The perfect spot for beginner surfers, the Bay of Alcudia is the largest beach in the Balearic Islands, with over 7 kilometres of sand. There is very little current, the sea is warm, and there are a range of facilities, meaning that it’s a great choice for a day out, whether you’re surfing or not. There are several shops here that offer rental boards – primarily beginner boards, although some do stock more advanced options.
There are some spots here for more experienced surfers too, if you can get the right conditions. ‘The bunker’ is known as a classic surfing spot on this beach, as well as ‘the gate’. Check the surf forecast, look out for the locals and you’ll be sure to find the right place.
Cala Mesquida is perhaps one of the best places to get consistent surf in Majorca, even if the waves aren’t huge. The best time to visit is the spring or autumn, as this surfing spot does tend to go flat in the summer. In terms of difficulty, it’s good as a beginner location, and is ideal for advanced surfing when the conditions are just right – the strong current can be too much for beginners on stormy days.