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Top 10 Surfing Destinations Of Europe

Check out our top 8 destinations for surfing in Europe – from spring to winter and all year round, each of these locations offers a unique surfing experience unlike no other.

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When thinking of the best surf locations in the world, places like California, South Africa, Hawaii, Costa Rica and other tropical surfing locations spring to mind. But did you know that there are countless locations throughout the European coastlines that boast the biggest waves, epic travel and exploration opportunities, and so much more? From the more popular European destinations to lesser known locations that are growing in popularity for world-class surfing. Ready to go? Check out the top 8 surfing destinations below!


Lofoten, Norway

Norway may not be the first place you think of when planning out an epic surfing trip. Yet if you are looking for adventure, huge and uncrowded waves, beautiful scenery and the bragging rights of saying you took a surfing vacation in the otherworldly lands of Norway, this trip is for you. 

Lofoten’s surf scene has an interesting history. Since 1963, surfing has been a part of the region, particularly at Unstad bay. It’s said that  Thor Frantzen and Hans Egil Krane were the first surfers at this location—both worked as young men on the ships, traveling worldwide as a result of their job. A stop in Sydney, Australia was where they were both introduced to the world of surfing, and upon returning home had to try it out at their local coasts. 

However, they had no boards, and no knowledge on how to create their own surfboards. Undeterred, they were determined to find a way…and at the time, the famous rock band, the Beach Boys, were at their all-time high. What does that have to do with the beginnings of surfing in Lofoten? Simple. The only image of a surfboard they had was the cover of their Beach Boys hit album, and that was all they needed to make their surfing dream come true. 

The interest in the area dwindled till the early 90s, slowed down again, and over the last few decades has become an increasingly popular destination for all things surfing. If you are looking for a unique destination for a surfing location, Norway certainly meets all the marks.


 Biarritz, France

There are few places that rival France when it comes to the finer things in life—and when it comes to surfing, France is right up there as one of the best places in the world for the ultimate surfing destination. 

Located in the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is on the Atlantic coast, offering spectacular surfing opportunities and an unforgettable experience. The luxurious seaside city is one you’ll never want to leave, from its fine dining, stunning architecture, and surfing swells, this southwest French destination is perfect for beach breaks and surfing holidays to Europe.

There are waves for all skill levels, and with perfect conditions for surfing, it’s no wonder that Biarritz is known as the surfing capital of Europe. Known for its surf culture, you’re bound to have a blast.

Nazare, Portugal

A small fishing village on the coast of Spain, Nazare has become an international hub for surfers from around the world. The waves in Nazare are different, locals and international surfers alike say. They are more powerful and heavier, less predictable and more explosive. If you are an experienced surfer, then this is music to your ears. Surfers are attracted to the larger, fiercer waves, and you’ll find waves that rival other top decisions in this surfers’ paradise. 

What really makes Nazare such a spectacular place for surfing? Well, it is home to the biggest waves on the planet, pretty much blowing everything else out of the water.  In particular, Praia do Norte or North Beach, is where the biggest waves on the planet crash in the beach—and where Garrett McNamara, one of the legends of the surfing world, first surfed the biggest wave in his career, at 78 feet. It didn’t take long for that record to be beaten by Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa, who broke the Guinness World Records with an 80-foot tall wave. If you are looking to walk in the footsteps of the greats, you can’t get any better than Nazare. 


San Sebastián, Spain

You get the best of everything here in Spain—immense culture, rich history, art, views for days—and incredible surfing opportunities. It’s definitely the most iconic surfing town in all of Spain, attracting top surfers and beginners alike with its varied waves. Surf schools abound, meaning that there is no reasonable excuse as to why this wouldn’t be at the top of the list of surfing summer destinations. 


Tenby, United Kingdom

When thinking of surfing locations in the world, the UK may not immediately come to mind if you are not super familiar with the sport. With its golden sand, and 13th century ruins, it makes for quite an interesting and exciting surfing adventure in the winter months.  The water is often calm during the spring and summer months for swimming, but when the winter months roll around, winter storms become more prevalent and create large, hollow waves that are perfect for your surfing desires. 


Bundoran, Ireland

Bundoran is called Ireland’s surfing capital for a reason. Over the past few years, more and more surfers have come to Ireland with the intent of traveling all around the country, seeking out the best waves they have to offer. From April to September, was the usual tourist season, but with the surge in popularity among surfers, all year round is the surfing season in Bundoran. People come from around the globe to experience the diverse natural wonders that Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort offers. At almost any time of year, you will be able to catch waves at the beaches of bundoran. 


Out of the 8 stops on our top surfing destinations of Europe, which was your favorite? It’s time to break out of your comfort zone and have a summer of a lifetime!

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