Five of the Best Surf Spots in Europe for Beginners

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Surfing is pretty tough – and as the experts will tell you, it takes a lifetime to master. But don’t let that put you off; everybody should try this sun-kissed sport at least once. While we are lucky to have many spots up and down the California coast to hang ten, and Hawaii and Australia are well known for their big waves, turns out Europe is also full of places where hardcore enthusiasts and beginners alike can try surfing the ocean waves. Here are five of the best surf spots in Europe that beginners will love: 

Biarritz, France

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The west coast of France is a haven for European surfers. Bursting with high quality waves, it is also a sultry beach destination where celebs love to chill out in the sunshine. The two main surfing beaches are La Côte des Basques and La Grande Plage – of which the former is better for beginners. If you want an insight into the wider surfing culture here, you could attend the Biarritz Surf Festival which takes place every July. The area is sometimes known as the birthplace of European surfing, as American surfing enthusiasts discovered its potential in the early 1950’s. You’ll also eat well in this area, as there is plenty of delicious French food to choose from…

Jersey, England 

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This tiny island located in the English Channel is one of the best surfing spots in the UK. When the conditions are right, you’ll find many spots where the surf is good. The most well-known is St Ouen’s bay, which caters for beginners through its several surf schools. Jersey surf is caused by a groundswell generated in the Atlantic which pushes right up the English Channel. The only downside is the chilly water temperature which means you will need a wetsuit all year round. This is the perfect place for a British surfing holiday!

San Sebastian, Spain

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From Spring to Autumn, the waters around the city of San Sebastian come alive with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. This beach city in the Basque Country of Spain is a hub for Europe’s surfers, and the action is centred around Zurriola Beach. Here you’ll find a local surfing scene with four surf schools that are experts in helping complete beginners take to the waves.  Along with spectacular surf, a trip here means you’ll receive all the warmth and welcome of the Basque Country. The food here is great and the city of San Sebastian loves surfers.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast Morocco, you’ll find Lanzarote, the most northern of the Canary Islands. The two main surfing spots on the island are Costa Teguise, a purpose-built water sports resort on the east coast, and Famara on the west coast. Famara is a small, friendly surf resort with around 1,500 meters of beach backed by volcanic mountains. The best time for beginners to surf the waters here is between April and August when the waves are smaller. Other locations in the Canary Islands include Corralejo on Feurtaventura. Thinking about a summer holiday to this balmy Spanish island? Start your search now…

What are your favorite surf spots in Europe? 


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1 thought on “Five of the Best Surf Spots in Europe for Beginners”

  1. I really appreciate you sharing these amazing places. Lanzarote, Canary Islands is beautiful. One of the places I want to visit one day. I really appreciate you sharing this.


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