Famara Beach – a paradise for surfers
Famara beach on the north coast of Lanzarote is exposed to the winds of the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it often very windy, with large waves rolling in, and it’s therefore excellent for surfing or kiteboarding.When we were there the wind was fairly light and the waves, although not massive, were perfect for beginners to learn how to surf, as well as for more advanced surfers to practice their skills.
The beach is about 5km long, although the main section is about 2km of white sand that makes up most of the beach. This is complemented by lumps of black volcanic rock and in some places the rocks come right down to the waters edge.
On the western edge of the beach is the small fishing village of La Caleta de Famara, and to the east the Bungalows Famara Beach resort, both of which offer accommodation to visitors, the majority of whom are keen surfers.
The sea here is actually dangerous to swim in, due to the strong currents, and so most of the people who come here do so for the surf. Famara is a lovely beach to walk along, but it’s not an ideal beach for families who want to lie down on the sand and soak up the sun. The strong currents also cause a phenomenon where the beach is wide and sandy during the summer months, but rocky in the winter.
There are also practically no facilities on the beach itself, the only places to eat etc are at the Famara beach Bungalows or in the village of La Caleta de Famara.
For more information about surfing at Famara Beach, Lanzasurf has some excellent resources.
The spectacular views at Famara Beach
What makes Famara Beach really impressive though, is the massive cliffs of Risco de Famara that rise up sharply behind the beach to the east, reaching a height of 400 metres.
The cliffs provide a spectacular backdrop to the beach, and there are some nice walks that you can take along the bay. You can find more information on these from The Happy Hiker and the Lanzarote Information website.
César Manrique and Famara Beach
Almost as soon as you set foot in Lanzarote you will hear the name “César Manrique“.He is responsible for some of the most impressive tourist attractions on the island, including Mirador del Rio and Jameos del Agua, which he envisioned and created in the 1960’s and 1970’s. You can read more about these attractions later as we continue our tour of Lanzarote, but now back to Famara Beach.
As a child César spent a number of summers at La Caleta de Famara. The laid back “Bohemian” way of life here and the superb natural scenery certainly left their mark on him, and the tremendous views from the cliffs that tower over the beach inspired him to build Mirador del Rio a few miles away.
After Famara Beach we headed inland to the centre of the island of Lanzarote to the small market town of Teguise, which was the original capital of the island.