Spanish City One of the World’s 100 Best Places to Surf


Mundaka, a small Basque village in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, is internationally renowned for having the longest left-hand wave in Europe.

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Mundka has the longest left wave in the world.

The charming small town of Mundaka, located on the left bank of the estuary of the same name where the Oka River flows, on the Basque Cantabrian coast, is a parish with only 1,800 inhabitants. However, it is known internationally by surf lovers. Every year thousands and thousands of athletes come to practice this sport.

vizcana town Located within Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve It claims to be the best and longest wave of the Left in Europe, and one of the most challenging, according to experts. The wave forms precisely at the mouth of the estuary and rolls on its own in a tube up to 400 m in length, which makes it desired caramel For the expert surfer.

Despite the fact that the international competition circuit has not stopped in its waters for many years, the local surfing scene It is considered one of the best in the world. This is confirmed by the particular book that has just been published surf. 100 best waves in the world (Lunwerg Editores; 24.95 euros), created by editors and photographers (experienced surfers) Bible The world famous special magazine of this sport Transworld Surf.

Panoramic view of Mundaka and Ra.

From Australia to California, through booming places to West Africa, Japan and Norway, the authors have visited the best corners of the planet to practice surfing and captured it in complete guides with detailed information and incredible photos . is shaved in those privileged corners, The only place in mainland Spain that appears on this list. The coasts of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are others. hot spot Recommended by experts.

The authors describe Mundka as a unique place, thanks to the environment and the historical heritage of the city. Regarding the destination, which they see as a mainstay of surfing in Europe, especially in autumn and winter, they describe it as one of the most challenging waves in the world due to its sandbanks and strong currents .


Situated very close to Bermio, Mundaka is a small town that is worth visiting to stroll through its charming narrow streets and enjoy the beautiful views. It is arranged around a picturesque fishing port, surrounded by colorful Basque-style houses. It is also the meeting place for its residents, as there are many bars and restaurants adjacent to it, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and the luxurious Church of Santa Maria (16th century), situated on a watchtower, with its back to the sea.

Mundka Port.
Mundka Port.

About a five-minute walk outside the village Santa Catalina’s Hermitage, on a promontory in a privileged location with spectacular views from where you can enjoy the onslaught of the sea and control the entry and exit of the river. on the other side of town, is quieter and smaller playa de ladataxu, To enjoy some of the best beaches in Vizcaya, you have to cross the river, which has beautiful and wide sand banks. Lada and, a little further east, in the municipality of Ibarrangelu, the splendid PutAmidst forests and away from buildings.

where to sleep

Eco-Hotel Mundka (Florentino Larinaga, 9, Mundaka; 946 876 700). Family business in a renovated historic building in the heart of the old fishing village, a four-minute walk from the city’s train station. Precio: from 97 euros. Reservation here.

Hotel El Puerto (Portu, 1, Mundka, 946 876 725). The charming hotel, located in an old fisherman’s house facing the sea, has been converted into a modern and comfortable space. The rooms have sea view. Precio: from 90 euros. Reservation here.

where to eat

Exceptional views from the terrace of grilled fish and homemade dishes Portundo Grill (Portondo, s/n. Tel: 946 87 60 50). to eat from pintxoswith great variety, read (Sorkunde, 2; 944 65 59 25). Cod, Baby Squid, Octopus and Homemade Desserts ibaralde (Florentino Larinaga, 13).

The Hermitage of Santa Catalina.
The Hermitage of Santa Catalina.

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