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Mundakas Left Wave

The beautiful seaside town of Mundaka, belonging to the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, is notable for many reasons.

For its Renaissance Santa María church, for its distinctive old town and for its stunning views. However, if there is one thing that has made this seaside town famous it is its Left Wave. Its fame fills its waters with vivid colours and surfers flock here from all over the world, as they say it is the best of its kind in Europe.


The wave begins at the Mundaka sand bar and ends at Laida beach, and aided by the south-southwesterly winds it can reach up to 4 metres high and 400 metres long. Experts emphasise its tubing sections that break on the sandy bottom formed at the mouth of the Urdaibai Estuary, protected by UNESCO. 

 

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This is why Mundaka hosts international competitions each year and has been the base for the World Tour nine times. Some of the best surfers in the world have competed and won competitions in its waters, such as Adriano de Souza, Mark Occhilupo, Bobby Martinez and Kelly Slater.


After all the hard work by the surfers and the spectators it is impossible not to celebrate the day by tasting some of the local snacks, called "pintxos", served in the iconic waterfront bars or enjoying fresh fish in the restaurants in the area. Why not also find a better view by going up to the Portuondo viewpoint, which affords one of the best views of Mundaka estuary, or climbing to the viewpoint of the Watchtower to see the waves emerging at the mouth of the estuary.


The famous Mundaka Left Wave is undoubtedly another claim to fame for this picturesque and lively corner of the Biscay coast.

 

 

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