Ibiza surfing forecast and best spots
Spain’s Balearic Islands are better known for their nightlife, cave raves and partying vacationers. But the scenic island of Ibiza also pulls in its fair amount of surf. Blessed with a craggy coast open in four directions to any and all swell in the Mediterranean, Ibiza can get good on its day. Plus, if one side of the island isn’t working, it’s just a half-hour drive to the other side where there might be surf.
Winter is the best time here as frequent low pressure systems move through the Mediterranean. But also be aware of strong winds from Algeria that can blow for a few days and create swell during the transition seasons. Winter weather requires a 3/2 full suit while summer is bikini and boardies weather for sure.
Favourite surf spots include southeast facing Cale Nova which due to its positioning, pulls in a fair bit of swell from the Mediterranean. It’s a rocky, average beach break that rarely gets epic, but the setting and vibes in the water are friendly.
Playa Jondal faces due south and gets swell when the winds blow hot out of Africa, which happens quite frequently. The short-lived windswells hit the smooth rocks at this large beach which has a bit more punch than other spots nearby.
Punta Xarraca on the north end of the island offers a rocky beach break that comes alive in north to northeast swells. There’s also a left reef far offshore for when the swell gets big.
Ibiza surfing lessons
Most surf schools in the area double as windsurfing and SUP rental shops. Should you tire of the sea (not possible we think) you can opt for the flowrider at the Surf Lounge. Guests can dine, rock out to bands and DJs and session the lounge’s state-of-the-art surf machine.
Where do surfers stay in Ibiza?
Ibiza is a backpackers paradise. Should you go the bohemian route you can choose from any of several camps. From June to September you can stay at the glamped-out Ibiza Beach Camp which also hosts yoga, games and dance parties. This place, like most of Ibiza has a heavy party vibe. Colourful glamping tents start at 130€ per person per night.
For high-end “adults only” luxury you can stay at the Sol Beach House. The huge resort sits alone on a rocky beach and offers adult-type amenities. Perfect if you’re looking to get away from screaming children splashing in the pool. Basic single rooms start at 65€ and allow access to all the amenities including yoga, spa and pool.
A short walk from downtown Ibiza you’ll find the stylish, progressive El Hotel Pacha which is known for its food and contemporary furnishings. If the party scene wears on you after a while, this hotel is a refreshing option. The pool is modest, not huge and it’s the opposite of cruise ship garishness. Simple, sensible and cute. Rooms start at 130€ for a double.
The perfect combination of a place to stay and a place to learn to surf is the Sunset Point Ibiza Sports Resort. It’s in a quiet location overlooking beautiful San Antonio Bay. But it’s also a hub of all kinds of watersports activity and lessons. They offer surf, SUP, wake, sail, dive and windurf equipment and lessons all tied to stays at their place. One week packages include 7 night stay with breakfasts and five days of the watersport of your choice. They offer mixed packages as well in case you want to combine, say, wakeboarding with surfing or with SUPping. Prices are only available through email contacts. But start with their website.
Ibiza is a great vacation place for water sports activities.
Ibiza surfing guide and tips prepared by Bryan Dickerson (wavepoolmag.com) for Dailystoke.com’s surf guides.
Photo by Vlad Busuioc