You may have heard of this beautiful region due the Pantin Classic surf competition.
Surf in Pantin, Galicia started well before the Pantin Classic (1987), but it didn’t start getting famous till recently. Along with the fame from the QS WSL Surf Competition, came the crowds to surf Pantin.
It may be the most iconic surfing spot in Galicia, but there are so many better places offered on Galicia’s surf map.
Pros and cons of surfing in galicia
People from all over the world come to Galicia and always leave with the same comment, “Wow, the beaches are empty!” This is true when it comes to surfing, if you’re looking for some nice waves (and are an advanced surfer) you’re in for a treat! Beginners also have different beaches to practice on, but it may be a little more crowded with schools and other beginners as there are beaches perfect for learning like Bastiagueiro beach.
Although most breaks are beach breaks around the coast, you’ve got a little bit of everything. Finding the reef breaks might be a little more difficult, but they’re out there!
Galicia is known to have the best seafood around. You’ll find pulpo (octopus) almost anywhere, but our favorites around town are “A Pulpeira de Melide” o “O Fiuza” where the pulpo is perfectly cooked and always fresh.
You can also find zamburiñas, navajas, and centollas, which we love! If you’re not too big on seafood you can try different tapas in bars like raxo. You can always stick to the basics too with a good tortilla or croquetas.
The best part of a surf trip to Galicia is its prices. You can still get a deal on the whole experience from accommodation, food, and activities. You should get a 5-day beginners surf course for adults for 100€, what it would cost you for a day course in many other cities around the world. Probably you can eat a 3 course meal for 10€ during the weekdays with a “menu de día.” Galicia is hard to beat if you’re trying to go on a nice surf trip on a budget.
With uncrowded beaches also come less facilities, like lifeguards, restrooms and showers. The main beaches might have showers but only work during the summer month, so be prepared to not have running water when you go surfing. It’s unlikely to have restrooms near as well so get friendly with nature!
Surf shops in Galicia are a little hard to come by as well. They are usually located in busy city centers, not always close to the beaches. Make sure when you stop into the city, you make a stop at your local surf shop to get all your necessities for the secluded beaches.
Galicia is not known for the best road constructions. Google Maps might show you a beach right next to each other but to get there you’ll have to go back inland to the highway to be able to get to the next beach. This makes the search for the best surf spots a little difficult as you can’t go down the coast in a straight line.
There are some surf shops like Seasons where you have the beach right in front and if you’re lucky, the tide and swell might line up where you can get a session in right in the center. Seasons Surf Shop in A Coruna can help you find what you need from wax to ding repairs to rentals (in case your boards can’t make it with you). They have a wide variety of surf gear that can help you stay stocked for your trip. If you need help getting around to the beaches they are friendly and can help you locate the best surf spots around Galicia.
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Surf Galicia Experience
#1 If You’re a Beginner, Get a Class
Galicia has a lot of uncrowded beaches to surf, but that also comes with surfing beaches without lifeguards.
Some of the beaches have heavy rip tides and beginners should be very careful. If you are beginner it is best to get a surf class (surf schools in Galicia tips below).
You can get a great surf experience in Galicia while still staying safe. (Instruction in english)
#2 Be Aware of Where You Sleep
Sleeping in your car or van is technically not allowed and can be ticketed. It’s rare, but if you’re worried about it make sure you reserve accommodation.
If you do end up trying to risk it, do not make any sort of open fire as that will cause problems for everyone.
#3 Rent a Car
If you want to move around to find different surf spots, you’ll need a car. Even if you want to explore a little bit out of the center, you’ll need a car as public transportation is not great.
#4 Surf in June
June is a great time to surf in Galicia because the weather and waves are great, but kids are still in school and it’s not quite summer in Galicia.
If you do decide to go during the end of June you’ll be able to enjoy the big festival, San Juan in A Coruna, but be sure to make reservations for accomodations ahead of time as if it lands near San Juan in A Coruna it can be quite difficult to find a place.
Surf Galicia School
If you are looking for a surf school in Galicia, there are services for beginners and advanced surfers as well. There are classes for beginners from 30€-50€/class, depending on if you join a group class or looking for a private class.
More advanced surfers might be looking for different services like a surf guide or video correction. You can usually find surf schools in Galicia in the main cities and then they usually move around different beaches around the area based on the conditions. It is rare, but possible to find some schools in beaches around the coast as well.
We at Base Surf Camp offer services to both beginners and advanced surfers. Get in touch for any questions or reservations before your trip!
If you’re looking for a perfect surf getaway, surfing in Galicia is what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re a first timer and looking for a course with some free time to roam the city or an experienced surfer looking for a full on surf adventure through the coast of Galicia.
I hope this advanced surf guide can help you prepare for your surf trip in Galicia.
Don’t worry you can still find a few surf shops in the area to help you out. Check out Seasons Surf Shop in A Coruna if you need some help during your stay.