Go Surf – 25 Best European Surfing Beaches

Sotavento beach (Fuerteventura), SPAIN

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the winds never seem to stop blowing on this beach, which has become a surfer’s paradise for this reason. When the tide rises, the lake that is created is perfect for those taking their first steps in the world of surfing.

  • Level: all
  • Wave movement: gentle
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round

Mundaka Beach (Vizcaya), SPAIN

This beach, 90 meters long and 100 meters wide, is located inside the Urdabai Biosphere Reserve, which is why it is not very urbanized and nature is unspoiled. The Mundaka wave is considered to be one of the best lefts in Europe and perhaps even in the world. It is a long, concave wave that can reach almost 400 meters in length.

  • Level: medium-high
  • Wave type: left
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round except in summer

Los Lances beach (Tarifa, Cadiz) SPAIN

Among the beaches of fine white sand that characterize the Tarifa area, that of Los Lances stands out for its size and beauty, as well as being an attraction for surfers from all over the world. It is an urban beach that has all kinds of services: cleaning, medical assistance, security, restaurants, parking, etc.

  • Level: medium-high
  • Wave movement: moderate / windy waves
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round except in summer

La Gravière beach (Hossegor) FRANCE

Located east of Hossegor’s central beach, La Gravière is one of the best surf spots on the coast. Famous for its waves and the powerful winds that blow through it, it is a must for experienced surfers who want to get away from the crowds a little.

  • Level: experts
  • Wave movement: moderate / windy waves
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round

La Palue beach (Island of Crozon, Brittany) FRANCE

Open to all western waves, La Palue is one of the most consistent spots in Brittany. At low tide it is rarely surfable, but at high tide the waves acquire power and length.

  • Level: medium-high
  • Wave type: left and right
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round

Lafiténia beach (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) FRANCE

Located in the Acotz district, Lafiténia beach is quite wild, especially in winter. The surrounding cliffs form a bay with a campsite at the bottom. Lafiténia is an emblem of surfing on the Basque Coast and is popular throughout the year.

  • Level: all
  • Wave movement: gentle
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round

Bundoran Beach (County Donegal) IRELAND

Bundoran, on Donegal’s southwest coast, should be the starting point for any surfer looking to explore Ireland’s best spots. This picturesque fishing village offers cliffs and beaches for more or less experienced surfers. The breaks are all accessible on foot and, if that weren’t enough, the surrounding area is beautiful.

  • Level: all
  • Wave type: concave
  • Type of seabed: rocks
  • When to go: September-November

Easkey Beach (County Sligo), IRELAND

Beautiful and rugged County Sligo in the north west of Ireland boasts some of the best surfing spots in Ireland in the Easkey area. The beaches of Esakey Left and Easkey Right are very famous and perfect even for beginners. The atmosphere is relaxed, calm and friendly.

  • Level: beginners
  • Wave type: left and right
  • Type of seabed: sand / rocks
  • When to go: all year round

Thurso East Beach (Scotland), UK

Thurso East is one of the best surf spots on Scotland’s north coast. The beach came into the spotlight in 2006, when it was chosen for a surfing competition, and is still the location of many international competitions today. Although it can get very busy in the high season, Thurso East is perfect for year round surfing.

  • Level: all
  • Wave type: left and right
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round

Cornwall (South West England), UK

Cornwall is not only one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, but also a great surf spot. Some say its location, diving directly into the Atlantic Ocean, makes it perfect for surfing the waves. Coastal resorts such as Perranporth, Polzeath and Newquay boast excellent surfing beaches.

Capo Mannu beach (Oristano), ITALY

This rocky cape, famous among surfers from all over Europe, is located 30 km northwest of Oristano and is characterized by small and solitary beaches. It is exposed to all winds of the western quadrants, in particular to the mistral. During the strongest storms the waves can reach 4 meters in height.

  • Level: experts
  • Wave type: right
  • Type of seabed: rocks
  • When to go: spring-summer

Supertubos beach (Peniche), PORTUGAL

The beach is known for its perfectly shaped tubular waves; it is also known as “the pipeline” of Europe due to its great resemblance to the Hawaiian wave. The crests of the waves are so long that they create empty corridors, real “tubes” that attract surfers from all over the world throughout the year. Since 2010 it has hosted one of the stages of the World Surfing Championship (WCT) – Rip Curl Pro Search, in October.

  • Level: experts
  • Wave type: tubular / left
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: October

Guincho beach (Sintra / Cascais), PORTUGAL

Guincho Beach is located at the westernmost point of the Lisbon area, shortly after Cascais. With its 250 meters in length, it is undoubtedly one of the best spots in Portugal for the practice of water sports such as surfing and windsurfing. In the 90s, Guincho was one of the stages of the Windsurfing World Cup. It hosts various sporting events each year including the National Surf and Bodyboard Championship.

  • Level: experts
  • Wave type: variable peaks
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: July and August

Arrifana beach (Aljezur, Algarve), PORTUGAL

It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal and offers a splendid panoramic view of the Costa Vicentina. It extends along a beach of over 500 meters, forming a bay protected from the breaking waves. Out of season, it is popular with surfers and bodyboarders. Its natural conditions guarantee waves all year round.

  • Level: experts
  • Wave type: reef point-break / variable peaks
  • Type of seabed: rocks and sand
  • When to go: all year round

Fehmarn beach (Schleswig-Holstein), GERMANY

Fehmarn is one of the most popular surfing areas in Germany and, with its variety, attracts the best existing surfers. But even for beginners the island offers numerous bays with shallow waters. In its 20 spots come surfers, windsurfers and kitusurfers; it is above all the two bays Altenteil and Westermakelsdorf that have earned the place the nickname of “Germany’s Hawaii”.

  • Level: all
  • Wave type: left and right
  • Type of seabed: sand
  • When to go: all year round (but in winter the water is very cold)

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