9 of Europe’s Most Spectacular Surfing Spots

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Surfing is one of the coolest sports on the planet and while exotic destinations like the beaches of California, Hawaii and Australia may be iconic for great waves and a fondness for water sports, we boast some of the world’s most exciting and interesting beaches right here in Europe. If you’re up for testing your skills on the ocean, here’s a selection of favourite short haul surf spots for you to consider.

 Watergate Bay, Cornwall

 Watergate Bay in Cornwall
On the north coast of Cornwall, Watergate Bay is an ideal spot for beginners to master surfing, or for skilled surfers to truly perfect their abilities. The waves tend to roll in between 3-5ft tall, and this area benefits from being right on our doorstep – no flights required!

Mundaka Beach, Spain

 Surfers on Mundaka beach

Considered by many to have the top waves in Europe, the beach at Mundaka is 90m long and 100m wide, with hollow, long waves that draw surfers and body boarders from all over the world; perfect for intermediate surfers.

 Les Cavaliers, France

 Les Cavaliers , Anglet, France

With two rocky girders, Les Cavaliers is an ideal watersports spot as surfers can use the right-hand channel to paddle straight into the impressive waves. Whether the swell is big or small, you’re almost guaranteed to get some barrels here.

Jokulsarlon Beach, Iceland

Icebergs on volcanic sand beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland, Polar Regions

Braver surfers seeking a unique experience can don their thickest wetsuits and tackle the icy waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, which covers around 10 square miles and boasts barrel waves from a wedge-shaped sand bar. Only highly skilled surfers should attempt to ride these waters, as the cold temperatures and jagged ice-speckled shores can make surfing here particularly challenging.

Hoddevik, Norway

 The small town of Hoddevik at the western coast of Norway

The tiny, remote town of Hoddevik in Norway is one of the country’s most popular surfing spots, yet still remains quiet and secluded. With crystal clear waters and 300 metre-high mountains surrounding on all sides, the area is protected from heavy winds and sees some serious waves, particularly through August and September.

Hossegor, France

Surfer in Hossegor on the south west coast of France 

This secluded beach is the go-to spot in France for surfers from all over the world. With a strong wind and great waves, this is a perfect spot for skilled surfers to test their abilities all year round.

Praia do Martinhal, Portugal

 Praia do Martinhal, Algarve, Portugal

The upward turn of this Algarve beach’s coast offers spectacular Atlantic waves and perfect conditions for both surfers and windsurfers. There’s even a surfing academy near the beach for beginners or more experienced surfers looking to improve their skills.

Bundoran, Ireland

 Surfer looks at waves at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland

As former host of the European Surfing Championships and the Quiksilver World Masters, the town of Bundoran boasts mellow peaks and hollow waves from its flat rock reefs and headlands. Surfers flock to Tullan Strand beach for consistent beach breaks, while more advanced surfers can tackle ‘The Peak’.

Playa de Cotillo, Fuerteventura

 Playa de El Cotillo, EFuerteventura

The Canary Islands offer a wealth of fantastic surfing opportunities, with Fuerteventura being a firm favourite in the surfing community. Playa de Cotillo is a great option for those seeking fun waves with few crowds.

Travel tips for surfers

 Surfboard on the beach at sunset

If you’re flying with your own equipment, you don’t want to find any unnecessary dings in your board. Make sure to pack your board bag carefully with plenty of padding to protect everything from any damage.

Also, beware hidden costs for transporting your equipment by air. Make sure to check your airline’s individual surfing equipment baggage costs before flying to make sure you’re prepared for any additional fees.


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