Surprisingly the bitter Atlantic coast is considered one of the best surfing destinations in the world, and often places first in Europe’s best surf destinations. The water is consistently cold throughout the year, but the summer months have less swell than winter, and peak season begins in September, ending in April. The reef break is popular all year round, with the milder summer often crowded. Be warned, it is not just the chilly Atlantic you have to brave. Fierce winds and biting rain are common around this coast and a winter wetsuit, booties, gloves and hat are required to protect you from the elements. The town has many surfing schools where beginners can try their luck at some milder breaks along the coastline. The average wave size in Bundoran is ten feet, but this can be far exceeded in the right conditions and breaks are fairly consistent. The European Surfing Championships have been help numerous times here, and the Irish bring a typical festival atmosphere to proceedings. Enjoy a pint of stout by a turf fire after a day in the surf in one of Europe’s best surf destinations. Kayaking is another very popular sport in the area. You will have to fight with kayakers to catch a wave (unless there is a flooded river somewhere and you will have the waves to yourselves).
Supertubos, Peniche, Portugal
The clue is in the name Supertubos! Peniche, with its combination of killer waves, offshore winds, sandy breaks and sunny skies, is among Europe’s best surf destinations. This year it hosts the 2013 RipCurl Pro. The location draws professional surfers form around the world to try that infamous Atlantic swell. One of the benefits of Portugal is the warmer climate than the majority of Europe’s other surfing destinations. The water here is warmer, although in winter the Atlantic can produce some fierce and stingy winds. Long heavy tubes are practically guaranteed at this beach break, although they can sometimes be inconsistent. It is not considered the most attractive destination in the Peniche, perhaps because Portugal can be so outstandingly beautiful. There are plenty of nearby breaks which are equally as good but with rides a little shorter. The coastal views might be more amazing, but you are still looking into that same great ocean.
Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
“Les Cavaliers” roughly translate from the French to mean “The Riders”. They are the wave riders of a killer barrelled wave between two rocky girdles. The best season for surfing in this region is March to November. Water temperatures are comfortable and the weather is mild, but you will still need a full wetsuit. The break is usually crowded and locals can be very possessive over their precious waves. That doesn’t mean there aren’t enough for everyone though with waves being pretty consistent. The sea bed is sandy so there’s no real danger as long as you stay away from the rocks that enclose the wave. Waves usually stay at about the 6 foot mark, but have the potential to be larger with the right wind conditions. Anglet is in the Basque Region of France, on the border with Spanish Basque country. See the infusion of three different cultures in the area; French, Spanish and Basque.The unique culture makes it one of Europe’s best surf destinations. The area is scenically beautiful and also a popular golfing destination.
The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The Bubble is one of Europe’s best surf destinations because of a combination of great surf and the warmest weather than any other destination. Many surfers travelling from surf havens across the world learned the art in tropical waters with hot climates. The European cold water and weather deters them, but not Fuerteventura. The Canary Islands are located close to the Equator off the coast of Morocco Africa. Perched in the roaring Atlantic, the small islands are offered great surf from the mighty ocean at all angles. October to March is the best surfing season at the Bubble, and surfers have a greater chance of catching the expert right handed tube. The white sandy beaches you stroll along are semi man-made. The sand has been reclaimed from the sea bed. The Islands are made of Volcanic Ash (there is still active volcanic activity in the area). If you head away from the tourist areas, the beaches have natural black sand.