Surf trips European style are a great big melting pot of choices. Full on party scenes where you can spend your days tucking into barrels at some of the world’s best beachbreaks and your nights soaking up as much excess as you can handle – it’s all up for grabs, particularly in France. However that is just one slice of the European surf cake – there are also opportunities for world class wave riding combined with something more tranquil and laid-back and even grommet surf camps for kids.
Getting social and mingling with other surf addicts is the order of the day here as the vast majority of our surf trips in Europe base you at surf camps however, not all surf camps are made the same. They may all be part of the same continent but our selection of France, Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands trips offer very diverse destination experiences.
Should a surf camp not appeal then there are also choices for villas and apartments at resorts and guesthouses and even the chance to go road-tripping. Whether you are looking for an action packed surf party trip or something more family or couple orientated then you can find it here. Lively nightlife, beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages, culturally rich cities and countryside, mountain scenery and boardshort possible wave riding – Europe's surf holiday choices include a little bit of everything.
The majority of Europe's surf regions are on the Atlantic facing seaboard which means a coastline wide open to long distance swells created way out in the ocean, arriving as well groomed surf with very appealing intervals. The wide open swell window created by a predominantly west facing coast with nothing blocking it, makes for great surf consistency. Europe is a year round surf destination with the largest swells occurring during winter from around October to April, while summer waves tend to be of the more beginner-friendly, fun variety.
The Canaries have become a popular winter surf destination thanks to pleasant water temperatures and a wide choice of breaks - predominantly reef and sand covered reef. Mainland Spain options include world class spots, breaks which can handle truly big surf and the Pais Vasco region’s epic Mundaka – known to all as THE best river-mouth break in the world.
Portugal, which makes up the bulk of the European surf trip offerings, has 850 km of coast bordered by both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, with a wealth of surf riding options to choose from. This sunny surfing destination offers Algarve surfing away from the crowds or Atlantic bases at reef rich Ericeira, known as Portugal's surfing Mecca thanks to its hollow, powerful breaks or Peniche. This area is simply rammed with waves of all varieties and home to Supertubos – Europe's finest beach break and, many would argue, one of the best found worldwide.
The southern France surf regions of Landes and Gironde boast world class beachbreaks including iconic surf world giant Hossegor which to most surfers will need no introduction. Hossegor is widely regarded as Europe's surf epicenter, full of hollow, powerful waves, which has ensured its venue spot on the ASP World Tour.
Your accommodation choices with European surf trips are about as diverse as it gets. On offer here is everything from tents in the dunes and shared or private rooms at a surf lodge through to comfortable, private villas. There is even the chance to stay in a tree-house and independent road-tripping surfers will be happy to learn that rocking up with your own surf bus or tent is also possible here.
Nobody has been left out from the European surf trip invite list with plenty of appeal for surfers of all ages and all types whether you are a solo traveler, with a group of surf buddies or are traveling as a couple or family. If you want to mix it with young, happening crowds and need an easily affordable surf base then France will be a great fit while surf camps in Portugal, Spain and the Canaries offer a fun social scene for those who like to mingle without wild partying.
Europe is a great place for those who want to learn to surf or anyone from intermediate to advanced surfers looking to improve their level and style with top notch coaching offered across the board.
Europe’s choice of surf holiday is simply dripping with options for budget conscious travelers with plenty on offer in the mid-range too for those who want to up the comfort levels a little.
Many of the packages offered by Europe based surf trip operators start with accommodation only which means there are some real steals for self-sufficient, independent minded surfers just looking for a great base with instant access to high quality waves.
Add-ons and upgrades are also offered which allow various meal arrangements + coaching and/or guiding, equipment use and excursions for example.
Whether you are in search of challenging winter waves or small summer fun and whether your idea of surf holiday perfection is laid back and tranquil or you want to party until the sun rises – our Europe based surf holidays can deliver the goods. Give us a call and let the LUEX experts take it from there to match you with the perfect trip for your budget and skill level.