Located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Galicia is home to many lovely surf cities and fantastic surf spots. In Galicia, you experience the power of the Atlantic Ocean firsthand. With hundreds of beaches and inlets, all surfs are facing different directions with good W and SW swells. The waves here are fantastic, as is the food, the culture, and weather. The Galicia region is also great for campervans because of many free camps, long distances, and hard access to some spots.
The best surf spots in Galicia include A Coruna, Pantin, Patos, Playa de Ladeira, Porto de Rinlo, and Patos, yet when surfing in Galicia, visit Playa de Razo, one of the best surf spots for all surf levels.
The best time to surf in Galicia is all year long. Unlike the other areas in the north of Spain, like Asturias, Basque Country, and Cantabria, swells from the W or even SW are often occuring. However, despite the high number of great swells, most breaks only handle up to medium-sized waves.
The Galician climate is different than the rest of Spain as it’s one of the rainiest, exposed, and windiest regions of the country. The weather can change many times a day. Also, the water temperature is cold year-round, keeping the number of surfers in this region down. A 4/3 steamer wetsuit and boots are necessary, even in mid-August. This, combined with its high swell exposure, means that Galicia is a perfect summer alternative to the much more crowded areas such as southwest France.
Celebrate one of the many traditional parties in summer. The most popular one is in Santiago de Compostela in July. As Galicia doesn’t have one town full of vibrant nightlife, you’ll find the best parties and nights out at the surf hostels themselves. Several cities around, like Pontevedra, are home to several pubs and clubs to dance the night away. While the octopus is prepared all over the world, the Galicians have mastered this dish to perfection. Cooking their ‘pulpo á feira’ with bay leaves, olive oil, and paprika makes it a perfect example of Galician perfection. Also, a typical drink for the region is the coffee liquor you need to give a try!
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