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Outsider's guide to the top surfing destinations in Europe



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Enjoy this quick hit list of the must-see surf spots of Europe

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 December, 2017 - To those amongst us who aren’t particularly seasoned surfers, the word ‘surfing’ often draws up wanderlust-worthy images of scorching hot beaches, boys with (badly) bleached hair, and the cheesiest of American or Australian accents. But what if we told you there were some incredible surfing spots in Europe? Yes, really, there’s some amazing surf spots right there, waiting to be universally recognised as some of the best surfing spots in the world. Luckily, we’re here to help you out. So get your renew EHIC card form filled in, make sure your passport is ready to go, and prepare to head out to Europe – here are the top surfing destinations on the continent.

Cotes des Basques, Biarritz, France

If you’re just starting out in the world of surfing, you’re going to want some mellow seas with easy-to-ride surf, and that’s exactly wat Cotes des Basques has to offer surfers young and old. Sure, the Basque reason in France is known more openly for the amazing architecture, but the surf culture really shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, this beginner-friendly surf spot is home to national and international surf competitions alike if you need anything else to convince you to visit! Trust us, once you’ve tried this beach out for yourself, you’ll understand exactly why it sits at the top of our list.

Rossnowlagh, Bundoran, Ireland

Ireland definitely isn’t at the top of most people’s lists when it comes to surfing. The thought of cold water and rough seas might put most people off, but trust us when we say that Rossnowlagh is perfect for beginners, or even those looking for a bit of practice. For a taste of Irish culture on top of your surfing break (Come on, who doesn’t love the accent?) head to Bundoran. This surf town on the north-west coast makes for the perfect long weekend destination, so if you’re looking for somewhere perfect for the family or somewhere to learn how to surf, this destination really is one of the best – oh, and did we mention the Guinness?

North Canyon, Nazare, Portugal

North Canyon is not at all for the faint of heart when it comes to the surf. For those in love with bigger waves and higher risks, however, there’s very few places that can compete with this location. The Nazare Canyon causes huge waves, and was even the location of Garrett McNamara’s surfing record of a 78 feet wave in 2011! Then, in January 2013, there were even reports he surfed a wave measuring a maximum of 100 feet too – whether this is true or not, there’s no denying that there are some huge waves at this location, so if you’re a professional or well-versed in surfing, this could be the perfect spot for you.

The Sotavento Beach, Spain

The Sotavento Beach is what many people call perfect. A trip here is perfect for groups of mixed ability, as both daredevil-worthy waves and novice-friendly waters are available. It’s also big enough to counter its popularity, with smooth sand and no rocks so those who don’t surf can enjoy a day spend laying under the beautifully warm sun. If you ever happen to be in Spain, this location can’t be missed, even if you only visit for an hour or two. You’ll be in good company here, and it really is an ideal location for mixed abilities.

Woolacombe, Devon, England

Yes, you read that right – Devon. Woolacombe in Devon, England, is not only one of the best surf spots that Europe has to offer, but is a lively tourist town in itself. This location is the perfect mix of local and tourism, creating quite the unique surfing holiday. This is another location perfect for a range of skill levels, with calmer waves and barrels at Combesgate, and a reef just around the corner perfect for tall waves and a-frame pits! But surfing isn’t the only thing you do, so this location really is perfect for mixed groups or families. You could go walking along the South West Coast patch, or pop into any of the cafes for an authentic Devonshire cream tea! There’s a nightclub for the partiers amongst you – the oldest nightclub in the country, in fact, having been around since 1967.

Capo Mannu, Italy

Capo Mannu is another beach that is a must-visit for advanced surfers. The best seasons to visit are during spring and summer, where this rocky beach becomes popular with surfers from all over the world. It’s small, isolated coves are exposed to winds from the western quadrant and during storms, waves can get up to a whole 4 meters high – not bad for isolated coves of Italy. The waters are stunningly blue, and during the summer it can be a great place to go for a break, especially when it’s warm. Whether you spend all of your holiday in the water, or exploring the nearby Italian towns, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable trip.

So there you have it, here are just some of the best surf spots in all of Europe. From England to Italy, Spain to Ireland, there are so many beaches all over the continent that can offer some amazing surf. Who needs to travel to America or Australia, when you have some amazing waves right here?


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