About El Palmar

Part of a huge, exposed stretch of beach that runs from Conil to Trafalgar, El Palmar is a once sleepy village, now famed as a consistent swell catcher and home to some high quality peaks. When its on, the waves will be powerful and hollow, throwing out some excellent rights and lefts. Most popular peaks usually near La Torre tower. Exposed to the wind so benefits from a light easterly blowing.

Source: El Palmar Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginners best at lower tides and small swells.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive on main peaks, more chilled on quieter sections.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot, draws a crowd when good.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Good, sometimes excellent beachbreak with potential for feathering walls and reeling barrels.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be a heavy paddle out.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Rips and longshore drift when swell picks up.


There are a number of beachfront parking options just behind the dunes.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

Best October to March.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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