El Palmar is not your typical Andalucian resort beach. It’s wilder and quieter than the likes of the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz. Situated five kilometres north of Vejer, in Cadiz, El Palmar’s white sand stretches for miles, so you’re bound to find a peaceful place to relax. That’s not why most people come, though: El Palmar is Spain’s premier surf beach. Among the restaurants and bars that line the seafront, you’ll also find surf shops inviting you to make your vacation that little bit more adventurous.
If you plan to surf, renting a house in El Palmar makes storing boards and equipment easier than in an apartment. But if you’re just looking for an affordable way to keep the family entertained, Holiday Lettings offers an exceptional selection of El Palmar houses with private pools. Self-catering houses are also a good option: El Palmar is smaller and less busy than other tourist spots, but cooking for yourself means you’ll never lack for choice.
On the beach
El Palmar’s beach is long, straight and beautiful. Wooden walkways carry you from the town, past the bars where local surfers gather in the evenings, through palms and grasses and onto the vast expanse of sand. There’s not much shelter from the wind, but that’s why the locals love it.
If you prefer things as calm as possible, though, the ideal time to visit is between June and August. The sea is mostly flat and gentle, so you can learn to paddleboard, windsurf or just enjoy the shallows. The north end of El Palmar beach is typically the quietest, but you’ll find the best surf schools near town.
Surf enthusiasts, on the other hand, will want to visit November through February, where the waves swell regularly to two metres high. Not for the faint hearted!
Top Destination reviews
'Casita Azulita' a short walk to the beach
Lovely place to stay close to Beach and Restaurants
Very peaceful and quite and helpful owners we spent our evenings
sitting on the veranda with a nice glass of spanish wine. …
I could not ask for more
Stayed for 8 days in this wonderful house it could not be beaten for comfort , cleanlyness and surroundings. It stood in its own grounds with secure gates so that when some children visited us at the weekend they were able to run around safely and use the beautifull swimming pool.
When we wanted a change which was not very often, it was a short walk up to El Palmar beach which has to be seen, fantastic.
Definately another trip to El Cortijo, but longer this time.
And Gary Biston has a fantastic knowledge of the area to help you …
Casa de Alison
I love Cadiz
This is an area that I think has the most beautiful beaches in Spain. Kilometers of fine sand, clear water and of course good weather. I try to go every year if I have at least a week off. Many good restaurants with fresh fish and seafood.
At "casa de Alison" we were really comfortable. The house is fully equipped with everything necessary for a good holiday, especially the BBQ in yard is a must for these occasions. Just 5 minutes walk from "el Palmar", one of the best preserved beaches in the Spanish coast. …