Top surfing destinations in Europe
When you think of surfing, spots like Hawaii, Bali and Australia come to mind but in reality there is no need to jet off to exotic places. Europe is packed full of awesome surf spots for all abilities! We have collated our five favourite destinations so pack your bag, grab your ULU swimsuit and its time to hit the waves.
Portugal is renowned for surfing and has an incredible coastline, perfect for surfing or just chilling on the beach! There are plenty of amazing spots to choose from, from Peniche in the North to Lagos in the South. Portugal is a great place for backpackers and you'll meet loads of incredible people on the journey! If you're new to the sport or fancy a solo holiday, we recommend Dreamsea, one of the many surf camps dotted along the coast line. Alternatively, hiring a car is another great option as you will have the freedom to hop along the coast depending on what you fancy and surf conditions on the day! Be warned the sea can get very cold and you'll need a thick wetsuit from about September.
Did you know France is birthplace of surfing in Europe? The south west coast is known for reliable waves throughout the year. For beginners (or people who prefer warmer waters) we recommend going in summer. Biarritz is one of the most popular spots, dotted with surf camps, posh holiday homes and hotels in equal measures. We love Longwave surf camp located in Vieux Boucau - one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in Europe it has 200 km of white sandy beach for you to chill on! Longwave surf camp offers a wide range of surf lessons for every level, as well as yoga, amazing food, bike tours and skateboarding. The surf house is beautiful and is perfect for sole travellers, groups of friends and families!
Spain and the Canary Islands
Spain has a great selection of beach breaks but we recommend the Canary Islands for some winter sun. Popular all year round for surfing and beach holidays, the Canary Islands offer some great beach breaks and guaranteed sunshine. The waves can get messy as the islands are prone to high winds but it is a great place to learn and take a well need holiday! We loved Gran Canaria and stayed at one of the many surf hostels in Las Palmas for a couple of weeks. There are a lot of surf shops right on the beach that you can rent a board from at a good price.
Not strictly Europe but Morocco is another great place to head to when it gets a bit colder in the UK and rest of Europe. You are pretty much guaranteed great waves from September to April, plus Morocco is sunny all year round which is great for us Brits! It is great for surfers of all levels so perfect for people learning like myself. The Luna Surf House is a popular place for travellers looking to surf, do yoga and chill out with like minded people. Don't forget to add a few days onto your holiday to check out the Atlas mountains and the souks in Marrakech!
The UK can sometimes be over looked for more exotic destinations but it is perfect for people who want to stay closer to home and not have to travel by plane. Newquay is the most well known but there are plenty more surf spots on the English coast line worth exploring! Whilst it may rain and we can't guarantee sunshine, nowhere else does a pub lunch or fish and chips on the beach quite like England!
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