One of the first beaches to be awarded with the Blue Flag is A Lanzada Beach, with more than two kilometres of sand connecting O Grove and Sanxenxo municipalities and being part of the intertidal complex Umia-O Grove. Thanks to its size, it is not crowded, despite receiving a large number of visitors, which are attracted by the quality of the water and its unique landscape. Although is not possible to swim in this beach all year round, thanks to the installation of a wooden boardwalk it can be visited in any season, by walkers, athletes or cyclists. From there you can see how the landscape changes each month and spot the surfers who follow the call of the waves of the surfing beach par excellence in Pontevedra.
This beach provides the surfer with perseverance, ensuring a sea that breaks with varied swells and wind directions. The differences in the spots and the ability to withstand the wind in all directions allows the coexistence of students from the surf schools and professional surfers coming from the neighbouring towns of O Grove, Sanxenxo, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela. The excellent geographical and landscape condition, as well as the service provided, has made it possible to hold many local, regional and national championships.
Only 25 minutes away from Pontevedra, Montalvo Beach is one of the best surfing beaches in Rías Baixas. In the municipality of Sanxenxo, and almost a kilometre long, most days this beach offers ideal waves for surfers with an intermediate or high level. In a rural setting, it has sand dunes and sparse vegetation, which separates the beach from the pine forest and two nearby campsites, from where most of the swimmers come, making it a popular beach during summer time.
And in the south of the estuary of Vigo, in the municipality of Nigrán we find Patos Beach, one of the most visited by Vigo citizens due to its proximity and animation. It has an excellent weather and is situated in a privileged environment, close to the Bay of Baiona and protected by the Peninsula of Monteferro. It has a long sandy area where you can enjoy one of the best views of the Cíes Islands. A semi-urban environment and the availability of a good service make this a nice beach that can be visited all year round. Due to its proximity to Praia América and to the town of Baiona, it is likely that your visit to Patos may last longer than expected.
It is divided into five distinctive areas, each with its own peculiarities when it comes to catching waves. The two surf schools run all year round, teaching groups of tourists in summer and locals during the school year.
Many foreign surfers have been surprised by the possibilities that the Rías Baixas offer to practice their favorite sport. You can be one of them, whether you want to get started or whether you've mastered the art of the board.