Surf in Europe – the top five places this summer

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Surf in Europe – the top five places this summer

Looking for a fun-filled and adrenaline packed holiday this summer? Well a surf holiday certainly ticks those boxes and Europe is home to some fantastic beaches and surf conditions.

Suitable for all levels of surfing experience – from those who want to learn how to surf to those looking to improve their skills. Here are our five best surf spots in Europe this summer:

1.    Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

Kelly Slater surfing on holiday in Fuerteventura
Just 5 minutes from stunning beaches, you can stay in a fantastic surf hostel in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands – a location that offers anything from long rolling waves for beginners to perfect offshore peaks for more advanced surfers. Besides your lessons each day, surf boards can be hired so that you can practice your new found surfing skills in your free time. Go surf in the home of European water sports on this great value holiday!

2.    Mimizan Plage, near Biarritz, France

yoga on holiday in Portugal
Mimizan is a well-known surf spot right on the Atlantic Ocean with waves rolling in year round. Mimizan is the perfect spot for beginners because the waves break on sandbars just offshore. However, more advanced surfers will also enjoy themselves in the green waves further out.  A holiday here offers the opportunity to surf or even combine surfing with relaxing yoga lessons. You will be assigned your own board, wetsuit, and beach cruiser bicycle during your stay, to help you explore the area or, more importantly, find more secluded surf spots. Plus, there is also the opportunity to try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and join a workshop on SUP yoga, all while experiencing the true surfer lifestyle on France’s stunning Atlantic Ocean.

3.    Sagres, Algarve, Portugal

men with surfboards walking into water on holiday

Sagres is situated at the south westernmost tip of Portugal and is the perfect place for surfers to enjoy the sea, sand and surf lifestyle. The location is privileged by mother-nature, with coastlines facing both south and west. This means that the area is well-known for having the highest swell consistency in Europe. Choose this location and you will stay in surf lodge accommodation with other surfers, allowing you to socialise with other surfers at the end of a fun day in the water. After your surf lessons, Sagres is surrounded by beautiful scenery to explore, many historical landmarks to visit and a good selection of bars and restaurants. Enjoy the great waves and professional surf tuition for a surf holiday with a difference!

4.    San Sebastian, Basque, Spain

people on surfing beach in San Sebastian, Spain
Why not mix it up a little bit on this great value surf holiday on the coast of Spain’s stunning Basque region? A stay here includes 6 nights accommodation with a Spanish family or in a shared flat with local Spaniards, 5 surf lessons, 20 group Spanish lessons, and evenings out with your instructors for a wonderfully sociable surf trip. Set in San Sebastian, a stylish and unspoilt Spanish town, wedged between the majestic Spanish Pyrenees and the stunning Atlantic Coast in the Basque region of Spain. Surfing takes place at Zurriola beach where there are consistent beach breaks that can have good peaks and is great for small swells. From the moment you catch your first wave, you will be hooked on surfing and your Spanish courses will give you plenty of opportunity to meet locals and engage with the culture!

5.    Peniche, near Lisbon, Portugal

half shot of underwater and Peniche beach view
This excellent surf school is based in Portugal’s surf capital, Peniche, which provides quality waves all year round and within a 15km radius you may find over 20 different wave conditions to suit all levels and surfing experience. The conditions are so good that in the past it was selected for WCT ASP World Surf Tour and Rip Curl Pro Search. Choose a surf holiday here and you will stay for 7 nights in a fantastic surf hostel less than a 5-minute walk from the beach and during your week you will have 10 hours of surf tuition with highly qualified, experienced surf instructors.

 


 

A surf holiday gives you the chance to meet new people, have fun and take home new sports skills that will stay with you forever!

Feel free to browse our full range of worldwide surfing holidays here.

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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