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Surfcamp Santander

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The Surf camp

Our Surf camp Santander option offers first class surf lessons and affordable accommodation in Santander in northern Spain.

Surfing in Spain characterised by a laid-back surf atmosphere and your choice of surf camp is only minutes away from the surf beach.

Each surf town has a lot to offer at night, with the many surf bars and clubs providing entertainment into the early hours and if you are into some more clubbing it is only 20 min with ferry to the city center of Santander.

The region of Cantabria is the greenest part of Spain and is renowned for its beautiful surroundings. The lush, green foothills of the Picos de Europa slope down to huge golden beaches where prevailing winds, consistent Atlantic swells and the enormous depth of the Bay of Biscay, combine to produce quality surf conditions all year round.

Spring and Autumn are the best times of the year advanced surfers, with consistent and powerful swell pumping in from the north Atlantic. Summer (June to Mid September) offers the best learning conditions where gentle breaks are easy to find and ideal for the beginner surfer. However, the summer period also receives big swells from time to time, which provide challenging rides for advanced surfers as well.

The average air temperature of the summer months is 21 degrees C. In autumn and spring the average temperature declines to about 15 degrees C.

Surf school

The surf school usually holds classes at the lovely Playa de Somo, a beautiful 3-mile beach with ideal conditions for beginner surfers. As a student at the surf school you will receive two hours of surf lessons each morning. You will then have access to your surf equipment for the rest of the day so you can further practice your surfing skills.

Depending on your level of surfing, the surf instructors will guide and help you to improve your surfing skills. We guarantee that after one week of surf school the complete beginner will be able to surf and the experienced surfer will have improved greatly.

The following is included for students attending the surf school:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Surfboards, wetsuits etc.
  • 2 hours of surf lessons every day of your stay
  • Free use of surf equipment every day after surf lessons
  • Pick up/ drop off at Santander airport or bus station
  • Free WiFi

If you have arranged your own accommodation, you can also book surf lessons only. This includes pick up from your hotel in the Santander area and all equipment needed.


Surfari is a great option for more experienced surfers. Every day there is a different swell, a different wind etc. This doesn't matter if you book a surfari with us. Every day you will be transported to the best wave of the day, no matter where that is on the Cantabrian coastline. You will be accompanied by a professional local surf guide, who will tell you all about the spots, how to get in and out, the currents, type of wave, etc. You will also receive feedback on how to improve your surfing skills.

The surfaris will cover many different spots on of the Cantabrian coast. For example you can end up surfing in the Island of Santa Marina, which is one of the heaviest reef breaks to be found in Northern Spain. Other examples are El Brusco, a powerful beach break that produces hollow tubes and long waves, and El Muro, a left-handed point break that brakes with a very good shape.

The following is included in the surfari:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Surfboards, wetsuits etc.
  • Surfaris with a local guide five days per week
  • Transportation to the best waves of the day
  • Pick up/ drop off at Santander airport or bus station
  • Free WiFi

Spring and autumn are the best times of the year for Surfaris, but Surfaris are also possible in the summer months when the weather is nicer but the swells are smaller. However the area does receive sporadic big swells in the summer as well, which can provide challenging rides for the participants.


The accommodation we offer a newly renovated surf house only a few minute walk to the beach.

The surf house is a classic cantabrian house with a big garden. This standard accommodation option brings style to your low budget pack and enable you to meet lot's of new friends with the shared passion for surfing.

The standard accommodation includes:

  • Shared accommodation in bunk room
  • Bedding and linens
  • Your own Secure locker
  • Wifi in the House
  • Free use of kitchen, garden and self catering facilities

For travellers preffering more privacy, we can also offer Upgraded accommodation, which feature private rooms at a small family run hotel in the middle of the village, a 5 min walk from the beach.

The rooms are clean, comfortable and well kept. Each room has its own bathroom, TV, telephone and free Internet service. The bar of the hotel is a local meeting point that is always open, meaning that all the locals pass through it even in the winter when all other hotels in the area are dead quiet. They serve a very affordable menu of the day and they show a lot of football matches so it's a great place to absorb the local culture. In short, this is the ideal surfers hotel. Hot food, beer and excellent coffee are always available.

If you, or someone in your party, don't plan to surf, you can choose 'Accommodation only', which includes accommodation and breakfast.


Arrival to the area is easily done by air trough the airport in Santander or the airport in Bilbao.

You can fly to Santander (airport code: SDR) with a regular airline as well as low fare company, Ryan air (from London, Liverpool, Frankfurt and Rome). When you arrive at Santander airport a staff member will meet you and give you a ride to your accommodation. Upon departure you will get a ride back to the airport.

If you can't find a flight to Santander, flying to Bilbao (airport code: BIO) can be a good alternative. Bilbao is a major flight hub which is served by several international airlines, and the low fare company Easyjet, (fly to Bilbao from London Stansted).

From Bilbao airport you can either catch a bus or taxi to Bilbao's estacion termibus, where you can catch a bus to Santander. ALSA has buses leaving for Santander every hour. The trip takes about 1 hour and costs about 6 EUR.

When you arrive at Santander bus station a staff member will meet you and give you a ride to your accommodation. Upon departure you will get a ride back to the bus station.

This camp is rated 4.5/5

Based on 103 surfing experiences

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Awesome! Choose, age 25, from Belgium
September, 2015
We very much enjoyed our trip. At times the class size was too big for beginners which meant too little guidance, especially for first timers. But on those days that the class size was no more than 6 per instructor instructions were very useful. Female, age 35, from Germany
August, 2015

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