The best places to surf
in Europe once travel restrictions are lifted

Lac Campbell, The Surfing Copywriter

18 June 2020

The world has gone a little pear-shaped and nobody really knows when things will go back to normal. Some say soon, others are a little bit more pessimistic. Either way, it could be a while before we can start booking surf trips to Indonesia, Australia or the Americas once again.

The good news though is that there are already plenty of awesome surf spots in Europe that you can visit right now. From southern France to Spain and practically the entire Portuguese coastline, those waves just keep rolling in while everything else has come to a standstill.

So without further ado, we present to you a list of surf destinations we can’t wait to visit when international travel restrictions have relaxed.

Check ‘em out now and let your mind wander. Heck, throw on a wetsuit and wet your hair if it makes you feel better. Just know that these places will still be here when it’s all over.




Portugal has achingly beautiful beaches, a passionate surf community and more surf camps and hostels than you could ever hope to visit in a lifetime, although you can definitely try your best.

Some of the most popular surf regions in Portugal include the following. 


Lisbon is one of the few cities in the world that actually also has decent waves.

The fact that it also boasts stunning architecture, awesome nightlife and famously friendly locals doesn’t hurt either.

If you want to do a fly in fly out learn to surf mission anywhere in Europe, Lisbon is a great place to visit.

Get in touch with Surf Lisbon for an authentic Portuguese surfing experience. 


Ericeira holds the distinguished title of being the only dedicated World Surfing Reserve in all of Europe. Being located only 45 minutes north of Lisbon also means it’s easy to get to.

Throw in a cool little surf scene, world-class waves and a general vibe that’s super cruisy and it’s easy to see why it’s a surfing hotspot.

Rapturecamps in Ericeira has the best setup. 



Surfing in France has so many connotations attached to it for the itinerant surfer.

Mouthwatering food and wine, nudist beaches and of course hollow waves are just a few of the things that spring to mind.

Of course, we recommend skipping the nude beaches in favour of the waves and the wine. But then again… it’s your trip, so feel free to strip.


The spiritual home of surfing in France, Hossegor is a must-visit destination for any budding surfer.

There’s a great selection of waves, the bakeries never run out of baguettes and the nightlife is magnifique.

Our advice is to spend some time exploring the local area. Rent a bike to check the waves and eat out as often as possible.

Or just book a stay with Southwest Surf House and let them look after everything. 


Biarritz may just be down the road from Hossegor but it feels like a world away.

The buildings are older, grander and more distinguished, but at least the surf is still just as epic.

More suited to those with heavy wallets, Biarritz is to Hossegor what Rolls Royce is to Toyota.

Needless to say, you can still have a great time there. For guaranteed fun though, check out Ocean Adventure.




Mainland Spain is blessed with a northern, eastern and southern coastline, plus the Canary Islands archipelago.

This means you can almost bet your last dollar on there being waves at least somewhere in the country on any given day.

Here a couple of the most consistent spots you could visit in Spain when travel restrictions finally ease up.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is a group of seven islands off the coast of mainland Europe. Each one of these islands has waves, but the best rides can be found on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Here you’ll find setups for all skill levels and preferences, from forgiving beachbreaks to more intense waves that break over ancient volcanic rock.

Red Star is the premier surf camp on the islands and well worth a look if you’re serious about scoring some outstanding rides. 


If you want to surf amongst nature but aren’t a fan of the crowds in Portugal’s Algarve region, Galicia may just be the ideal alternative.

Encompassing the westernmost part of Spain, Galicia is known for its rugged coastline, excellent seafood dishes and awesome mix of waves. Longboarders, shortboards and retro fanatics will all find something here to ride.

For a local’s insight into the best surf spots though, book a stay at Camino Surf