Europe’s top surfing spots

surfers on a beach at sunset

Surf tourism is becoming increasingly popular in the wake of the pandemic, according to the experts at Camptoo, and it can be easily combined with a caravan or motorhome trip.

Travellers are exploring new ways to see the world post-pandemic. Surfing has become a go-to choice for adrenaline junkies to get their fix while reconnecting with nature. 

Surf tourism is expected to reach a global market size of $4.6 billion (£3.9 billion) by 2026. 

Ed Bassett, head of wanderlust at campervan and motorhome hiring company Camptoo, said, “Aside from the endorphin boost, the appeal of surfing isn’t just the activity itself, but the lifestyle that comes with it.

“The van life and surf community are inextricably linked – think a carefree existence of chasing the sun, bronzed skin, salty hair, beers and BBQs with new friends, and putting your head down in your very own hotel on wheels.”

Mr Bassett shared with us his round-up of the best spots to catch a wave in Europe this summer.  

Hossegor, France

Situated on the Cote d’Argent, Hossegor is a hotspot for seasoned surfers and beach lovers from all over the world. 

Here you can carve up powerful hollow waves during the day and spend the evenings relaxing at one of the beach-side bars while you watch the sun go down. 

There are plenty of spaces next to the beach to park your leisure vehicle. 

Mundaka, Spain

In the heart of the Basque Country in the North of Spain, Mundaka is a popular destination for tourists and surfing enthusiasts. It’s a breeze to access this beach with your leisure vehicle, and it delivers more than 200 metres of fantastic waves and soft sand for relaxing in between. 

Peniche, Portugal

Whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner, Peniche offers a range of stunning beaches with waves for every type of surfer. When you fancy a break from hitting the waters, Peniche is home to plenty of beachfront spots to enjoy delicious fresh fish and other types of seafood. 

Croyde Beach, England

Starting off a bit closer to home, you might be surprised to know that Croyde Beach in Devon is one of the best places to surf in the world. 

Surrounded by sand dunes and rock pools, this idyllic spot is ideal for first-time learners and accomplished surfers alike. 

There are plenty of companies offering lessons for beginners, as well as gear hire and organised events to take advantage of.  



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