Winds and best seasons
The Strait of Gibraltar is ruled by East and West winds. The East Wind, known as “Levante”, occurs when the anticyclone is installed on the Peninsula. This happens especially in summer, but can be at any time of the year. Then easterly wind is channeled into the Strait of Gibraltar and driving strong winds. The “Levante” can blow for one month with great intensity, reaching on numerous occasions F 9 and more. But usually, it reaches 7/8 F for a few days and then decreases its intensity.
“Levante” wind alternates with his brother the west, also known as “Poniente”. This blows from the west and is caused by the passage of a storm crossing the peninsula. Then waves an generally bad weather come to our shores. Depending on the path the storm takes and its intensity it will cause more or less windy days, and more or less rain. The time of “Poniente” winds is from the fall and throughout the winter when it starts to bring its swell to the coast. Used to blow up F 6 and is veering north by the day.