Years before he hit the big time, César Manrique whiled away many a childhood summer on the wild beach of La Caleta de Famara. It’s one of the best sandy spots on Lanzarote and a place where you don’t have to fight for towel space on the sand. This low-key seaside hamlet, with its dramatic cliff views, has a youthful, bohemian vibe and makes few concessions to the average tourist, aside from a few choice restaurants overlooking the surf.
Famara’s excellent waves offer some of Europe’s finest breaks, along with El Quemao, around 15km due south (but only suitable for very experienced surfers). If you don’t fancy taking a board, then come here to watch the surfing, which is some of the best you will see throughout the Canaries.
If you fancy staying over, look no further than the town's numerous surf schools. All of them can arrange affordable accommodation in nearby apartments.