Planning an easy surf holiday? Go for Europe’s great beach breaks. You don’t have to paddle far just to get started. You can ride one wave after another without having to worry about landing on a reef or rock. You can enjoy picturesque coastlines and you might even get to watch some of the world’s best surfers face off.
Before you pick up your board, here’s a glimpse into some of the most famous surf spots in the region.
The long stretch of Hossegor in southwest France is not just Europe’s surf capital; with miles of golden sand and abundant waves, it is also home to some of the best beach breaks in the world.
Topping the list is the nudist-beach-turned-surf-spot Les Culs Nus, which gets particularly crowded during winter thanks to powerful and consistent waves rising up to five meters. La Graviere, on the other hand, hosts the Quiksilver Pro France ASP competition every September, drawing in thousands of spectators.
You can also expect great barrels from La Graviere, La Nord, Les Bourdaines, Les Estagnots, Le Penon, and Le Piste. Plus, you don’t have to worry about food and accommodations. Surf schools, camps, tours, and hostels as well as supermarkets can be found in the area.
Peniche is a popular year-round surf destination. Located near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, this town has long summers with cool sea breezes and swells between four and six feet. Its winters are mild and result in swells of up to 15 feet.
Peniche’s best beach break is Supertubos, which has been one of the stops on the World Championship Tour of surfing. Its claim to fame: a fast and heavy tubular wave that breaks on a hollow sand bank. This can be very powerful with south swells and light northeast winds, challenging even the pros.
If you like getting barrelled, you’ll be glad to know that it holds long and stunning barrels. Supertubos is also a great training ground for surfers looking to gain more experience.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The name says it all. Fuerteventura, meaning strong winds, is an ideal spot for windsurfing and kite surfing. Its kilometer-long Playa de Castillo also has one of most friendly beach breaks, especially for beginners. There you can ride bashable waves that create fun (and sometimes powerful and fast) rights and lefts.
You might even come across long barrels, depending on the conditions. Waves reach three to five feet if there’s a nice swell running. Because Playa de Castillo faces west, it’s perfect for sunset surf sessions too. It rarely becomes crowded so you can enjoy its sand and waters even more.
Bundoran Area, Ireland
Ireland’s surfing capital, Bundoran Area, hosts a range of beach breaks. One of the best known is Rossnowlagh, where the gentle left- and right-hand waves suit beginners and improvers alike.
You can also count on this wide beach break for a good surf, whatever time of the year you go. Just as famous is The Peak, a fast breaking hollow wave that works on westerly swells. It’s best enjoyed during a low and rising tide.
North Cornwall, United Kingdom
North Cornwall has been attracting all kinds of surfers with its flat and long sandy beaches. Experienced surfers love the challenge of Duckpool’s beach break which picks up swells that hit the North Coast. Sandymouth is also great whenever there are light easterly winds. For beginners, Watergate Bay is worth a try, with consistent waves that can be enjoyed all year.
Whether you’re surfing for the first time, hoping to improve your technique, or searching for the perfect wave, beach breaks have you covered. Go and visit Europe’s top surf spots and have a fun and exciting ride!
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