Looking for a fun-filled and adrenaline-packed holiday this summer? Well, a surf holiday certainly ticks those boxes and Europe is home to some fantastic beaches and surf conditions.
Maybe you surf, maybe you don't. It doesn't matter, here are our four best surf spots destinations this summer 2021:
The Best Destinations For Surfing Summer 2021
1. San Sebastian, Basque, Spain
Why not mix it up a little bit on this great value surf holiday on the coast of Spain’s stunning Basque region? A stay here includes 6 nights accommodation with a Spanish family or in a shared flat with local Spaniards, 5 surf lessons, 20 group Spanish lessons, and evenings out with your instructors for a wonderfully sociable surf trip.
San Sebastian, Spain
Set in San Sebastian, a stylish and unspoiled Spanish town, wedged between the majestic Spanish Pyrenees and the stunning Atlantic Coast in the Basque region of Spain. Surfing takes place at Zurriola beach where there are consistent beach breaks that can have good peaks and is great for small swells. From the moment you catch your first wave, you will be hooked on surfing and your Spanish courses will give you plenty of opportunities to meet locals and engage with the culture!
2. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
One of the world’s best right point breaks
Often referred to as J-Bay, Jeffreys Bay is regarded as the surfing mecca of South Africa and home to one of the best right point breaks on the planet. Located on the western edge of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Jeffreys Bay is situated inside a crescent-shaped bay that shelters many of its incredible point breaks.
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
The region was first popularized in The Endless Summer when Bruce Brian stumbled upon Cape Saint Francis — the spot that is now lovingly referred to as Bruce’s Beauties. Although Brian deemed the spot perfect at the time, J-Bay, located just to the east, is more deserving of surfing glory.
3. Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Popular among European backpackers, this mellow town is home to bars that religiously play reggae and waves along a 70-kilometer stretch of sand. Australia is a well-known country for beaches and surfing. Shark nets have been implemented, but look out for the sunken ship.
1 Brooke Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
If you’re looking for a multi-day trip, there are plenty of hostels and hotels scattered throughout the center of the city. Ranging from around $25 and up, there’s always an option to suit your budget and needs.
-> Read More: A Complete Surfing Guide to Surfing In Australia
4. Siargao Island, Philippines
This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides.
Who would not like to chill a day out there? Siargao Island, Philippines
Siargao is a teardrop-shaped island located 800 kilometers southeast of Manila, the capital city. Like many of the islands in the area, Siargao is breathtakingly beautiful, but what sets it apart from the rest is its incredible surf. Siargao is home to 27km of exposed coastline and has the feel of an older Bali. Although Siargao is made up of over thirty surf breaks, the island often experiences long, flat periods, so you’ll want to watch the swell and try to time your trip accordingly
5. Playa Grande, Costa Rica
The beach town of Playa Grande is known as one of Costa Rica's best-surfing spots. It also happens to be home to the second-largest nesting ground of the largest marine reptile, the Leatherback Turtle.
Sunset surfing, Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
6. Bundoran, Ireland
Known as a surfer’s "cold water Eden," the shores of Bundoran on the southwestern tip of Donegal provide nearly constant swells. The town embraces the culture with extra accommodations for surfers -- even offering discounts to surfers who visit during the peak season of September-May. Just be sure to pack your wetsuit!
7. La Côte des Basques, Biarritz, France
Rider on a wave, Biarritz, France
You don’t have to travel to an island or the tropics to surf; on the border between France and Spain is a reliable year-round swell with several surf spots. We suggest a visit to La Côte des Basques where you can enjoy a view of the surrounding cliffs and Spanish coast from your surfboard perch
8. Canary Islands, Spain
If you fancy getting further away from home and your dream of surfing in boardshorts and a rash vest, or just a bikini, then the Canary Islands are for you.
Sunset and waves, Canary Islands, Spain
Think about surfing Fuerteventura if you want the option to have a very relaxed holiday, baked in sunshine, stunning volcanic scenery, and more than enough siesta to wind down the most stressed of us.
9. Bondi Beach, Sydney
One of Australia’s most famous beaches is also a top destination for surfers. The white sands of Bondi Beach not only provide top-notch surf, but also plenty of restaurants and shops for when the waves have you worn out.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
10. Taghazout, Morocco
Taghazout, a fishing village in the southwest of Morocco, is generally not crowded – a key feature when searching for the perfect surf destination. With waves for advanced surfers from September-April and smaller waves throughout the rest of the year, this small town has something for everyone.
11. La Bocana, Bay of Huatulco, Mexico
There are over 25 beaches on the Bay of Huatulco, but surfers will want to head to La Bocana and Barra de la Cruz for the best waves. After a day of surfing, put up your feet and settle in at La Brisas Huatulco.
12. The Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Most surfers will never be good enough to ride here, but everyone dreams of bobbing along its perfect crest.
Surfing in the blue, Banzai Pipeline, Haleiwa, United States
Located on the island where modern surfing was developed, this is one of the heaviest waves in the world, scaling more than six meters over a shallow base of razor-blade table reef.
Ride this flawless water tube and you've communed with one of nature's finest creations.