15 Feb The Best Surf Camp Destinations in Europe
So you want to learn to surf? You don’t have to head to the tropical climates of Bali or Hawaii to become a surfing pro. Europe and the Atlantic coast has some great surf spots where you can surf to your heart’s content. Staying at a surf camp is a great way to make friends, master your skills and have a great time in the process, but it’s important to choose the right one. There are lots of great surf camps all over the world, but things to consider include the quality of accommodation, proximity to the beach, availability of surf equipment and whether meals are available on site.
To help you decide where to go for your surf camp break, here are some of the best surf camp destinations in Europe:
A Corunna, Spain
Galicia on the north coast of Spain is less crowded than some of its neighbours, providing a great spot to learn in the summer months. Art Surf Camp enjoys a privileged location at Razo beach in A Corunna, offering a relaxed atmosphere where you can surf and do activities such as yoga, stand up paddle boarding, beach volleyball and more.
The surf camp has lots of loyal customers and receives a high positive feedback, plus the instructors have over 12 years of experience so you know you’ll be in good hands. The hotel-hostel has two floors of rooms with windows for you to enjoy spectacular views of the beach, as well as a restaurant-bar where you can enjoy nutritious meals that have been carefully prepared to ensure you can surf to the best of your abilities.
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The fishing town of Peniche is known as one of the best surf spots in Portugal, offering a good wave variety in almost any conditions. ‘Supertubos’ is considered one of the best beach breaks in Europe, although there are also lots of other spots around here.
Peniche Surf Camp offers transfers from Lisbon airport and is located in Casais do Baleal within walking distance or a short drive from all the waves on the Peniche peninsula. There are group or private classes for all skill levels and you’ll find more than 150 boards to choose from, in all shapes and sizes. In terms of accommodation you can book either individual apartments or shared accommodation, plus there’s a bar/restaurant on site where you can enjoy tasty meals or socialise with new friends.
Hossegor on the west coast of France is well-known for its beautiful beaches and world-class beach breaks. According to Magic Seaweed, Hossegor’s beaches “deliver exceptionally powerful, perfect peaks, often very close to shore and invariably hollow.” This part of the Atlantic coast has some of the warmest water temperatures, offering up to 4 months of surfing without a wetsuit.
Koala Surf House in Hossegor was listed as one of the top 10 surf houses on National Geographic and is situated just a stone’s throw from the world famous surf spots of La Nord and La Gravière. The owner Lena decided to quit her job, move to France and follow her dreams of sitting by the sea, surfing everyday.
For some fun in the sun you can’t beat the small town of Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve Coast, which is known for its beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife. The town itself has picturesque cover with tranquil waters but head out to Sagres and the west coast and you’ll find some great surf spots for all levels. Top spots include Arrifana Beach, Praia de Alvor and Praiha Amado.
Open since 1992 The Surf Experience is the original and best surf camp in Lagos, offering ‘surfaris’ to the best surf spots in south western Portugal. In addition to surfing you’ll also get to enjoy a range of special activities including monthly yoga weeks, boot camps and longboard weeks. Accommodation ranges from the shared ‘Surf House’ to traditional Pensäo or boutique apartments.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
If you want to avoid the cold winters of continental Europe then you might want to head to the Canary Islands, which experiences year-round sunshine and mild temperatures. There are surf camps across Tenerife, Lanzarote and the Canary Islands, but Fuerteventura’s weather conditions make for a great surf camp destination.
Star Surf Camp enjoys a beachfront location right on El Cotillo’s beautiful beach and is ideally situated with easy access to three coastlines. After a day of learning to surf you can relax on one of the surf camp’s two sun terraces, enjoy some local food in one of the nearby restaurants or head into Corralejo for tapas, beers and Karaoke.