We are considering to travel to the Canary Islands for the holidays, mainly to visit the seaside. Since we have a one-year-old toddler, we are interested in beaches which tend to have a low wave activity. We can't take a safe and pleasant bath with our child if powerful waves strike the beach all the time.

Googling "canary island waves" or similar queries will find exactly the opposite, targeting surfers or other people looking for nice waves. How can I spot places which typically have low waves? Do such places even exist on the Canary Islands?

  • One good search term to use would be "calm waters". It turned up this among other things: tripadvisor.co.uk/… (edit: actually I just read that thread and the replies aren't very helpful, but there's probably more like that out there) Jun 2, 2017 at 21:23
  • Slightly related: travel.stackexchange.com/q/10059/19
    – VMAtm
    Jun 2, 2017 at 22:19
  • Which one (or ones) of the Canary Island are you heading to?
    – JCalcines
    Jun 3, 2017 at 23:53
  • @JCalcines We are considering mostly Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, mainly because there are more and cheaper flights to those two islands from our country (Switzerland), but we are open to suggestions.
    – Spiros
    Jun 4, 2017 at 7:10
  • bbc.com/earth/story/… Jun 4, 2017 at 20:15

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You can find different kind of beaches in the islands for every taste.

The north/east part of the Islands usually has strong currents and waves although you can find some naturals pools or other natural formations that make the waters safer. Furthermore, most touristic places have some breakwaters (barriers to break the waves and divert the currents) so they are safe

On the other hand, the south/west of the islands is usually calmer but It is also the most touristic part of the islands. Also the weather is usually better and there are some beaches with breakwaters.

If you are Visiting Fuerteventura or Lanzarote, I recommend you the west part of the island since it is usually calmer sea but try to avoid beaches where people practice water sports such us windsurf or kite surf since they are usually windy.

I remember some beaches in Fuerteventura:

  • Gran Tarajal is a wornderful beach not very touristic, clean waters and usually calm waters.
  • Caleta de Fuste has a water barrier so it is safe any time of the year and it has a lot of ammenities around.
  • Playa del Matorral It is a big beach and due to the shape of the coast, It has to different currents in the beach so if one part is not calm the other one usually is (This is also applicable to the wind). Furthermore, This beach is usually less windy than others in the island.

If you are not interested in renting a car Morrojable (Playa del Matorral) would be your best option in Fuerteventura. If you have a car, you can move to one side of the island to the opposite.

Note: I usually plan my trips to Canary Islands with ResidenteCanario since it covers more than any other page but It is a Spanish page so you would need some tool for translating the content.


I visited Tenerife and Gran Canaria, both in January. In my opinion, the best beach for avoiding the waves is Playa de las Canteras on Gran Canaria because it is protected by a natural reef called La Barra.

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