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The 10 best surf holidays for beginners in 2021

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The 10 best surf holidays for beginners in 2021

The best surf holidays for beginners in surfing for 2021

Is this the year that you finally want to go and catch your first wave? Check out the list below in order to find out where this year you’ll find the best surf holidays for beginners in surfing. This list contains surf camps in Europe only. The continent has a lot of great spots to offer, especially for surfers whom are just starting. And the best part is that these spots are literally for everyone, as we offer destinations for 16+, 18+, 23+ as well as families! Also, we have spots differing in luxury – from accommodation in regular tents to carefully designed and decorated glamping-plus tents, with 3 course meals from an outstanding level. Feel free to get in touch with us so we can help you choosing the destination which best matches with your profile!

Surfing for beginners in Spain

The Northern part of Spain is renowned for having the best conditions of Europe for surfers whom are catching their first ever waves. Our favorite spots are around Santander, the bay of Zarautz and the area of Oyambre. The conditions here are made for the best surf holidays for beginners in surfing. Besides staying in one of the amazing surf camps with guests from all over the world and fun staff, you will be doing loads of activities and you will learn how to surf at the best destination for beginners.

3.9 / 5 – 15 reviews

Star Surf Camp Oyambre

Oyambre, Spain
Avg. 22 – 35 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
May – Sep
From € 249,- per person, incl. meals

The Surf Camp in Oyambre is located on just a couple minutes of walking from one of the beach beaches of Europe for beginners in surfing. The vibrant atmosphere, good meals and wide range of activities makes this surf camp in the North of Spain one of the fun ones.

Not far from this spot, just opposite of the beautiful city of Santander, you will get to the bay where Somo and Loredo are located. These typical surf towns offer the perfect mix between the Spanish lifestyle and some sort of touristic developments. You will still certainly be able to encounter that original Spanish dish you’ve been craving for but the infrastructure, especially when staying at a surf camp, is made to serve people from all over the world. Somo is known for its ideal circumstances for beginners in surfing, making this one of the best options for your first surf holidays.

4.4 / 5 – 40 reviews Surf in Cantabria

Escuela Cantabra de Surf

Somo, Spain
Avg. 25 – 40 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 179,- per person, incl. surf lessons

Zarautz – where it’s all about surf & party

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. This camp is opened only during the summer months but will surely deliver you with quality party’s, great surfing while being surrounded in a vibrant atmosphere.

This surf camp is visited mainly by 18 to 25-year olds and party’s can last until the sun comes up. The bay of Zarautz is known as being one of Europe’s best spots for learning how to surf, something you can use to your advantage! Check out all the in’s and out’s below.

4.7 / 5 – 350 reviews

Surf Camp Zarautz

Zarautz, Spain
Avg. 19 – 25 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
Jun – Sep
From € 199,- per person, book extras

Surfing for beginners in Portugal

In Portugal, there are certainly loads of choices for the ideal surf holiday for beginners in surfing. Think about the are of Porto, the entire area around Lisbon or somewhere south of that. We’ve listed a couple of surf camps that we’d range among the best spots for novice surfers to catch their first waves at one of our top picks of surf holidays in Europe.

Surf holidays for beginners around Porto

For the North of Portugal, we’ve selected two amazing surf holidays. One of them is close to the city centre of Porto and close to the most known beach of the city: Matosinho. The other one is in Estela, where your surfing holiday will take place in tranquility. What has your preference? We believe both these spots are ideal for novice surfers.

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Circle Surfcamps

Porto, Portugal
Avg. 20 – 40 years old. (Min. 16)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 450,- per person, incl. surf lessons & meals
5 / 5 – 25 reviews

Estela Surf and Hostel

Estela (Porto), Portugal
Avg. 22 – 36 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
Apr – Dec
From € 350,- per person, incl. surf lessons & meals

Surf holidays for beginners around Lisbon

Here we’ve also got some incredible surf camps that are ideal for people that are beginners in surfing. You do not have to look any further when seeking that surf holiday around Lisbon, offering you best of both worlds.

4.9 / 5 – 25 reviews

Surf Lisbon Surf House

Lisbon, Portugal
Avg. 25 – 38 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
Feb – Nov
From € 385,- per person, incl. surf lessons
4.9 / 5 – 84 reviews Surfcamp Vibe

Gota dAgua Surfcamp and Suites

Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Avg. 21 – 32 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
Apr – Oct
From € 129,- per person, incl. meals

At Galé Beach (Praia da Galé) in Alentejo, you will encounter a beautiful surf camp with most guests being beginning surfers. But there is much more than just the surfing, you will be submerged into the surfing lifestyle like no-where else! They also offer you an amazing Glamping-Plus experience, but do not wait too long, most spots are already booked out for the summer!

Surf levels: beginners & intermediate

Availability: open May – October

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Surfing for beginners in France

France is a country that offers great surf, culture, gastronomy, holiday-weather, a beautiful coast line and much more. You are more than invited to come and check it out yourself. We’ve picked this surf camp that’s always very popular under surfers with little to no experience.

Best surf camp for beginning surfers in France

The location where this surf holiday takes place is Moliets. This is one of France’s most popular surf spots for the holiday season and we well-know why.

4.4 / 5 – 35 reviews

Star Surf Camp Moliets

Moliets, France
Avg. 22 – 30 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners only
May – Sep
From € 219,- per person, incl. meals

The people that are seeking that extra bit of luxury can also opt for the Deluxe Surf Camp, just 100 meters away from this one.

Surf levels: beginners, intermediate & expert

Availability: open May – September

More information: Surfing in Moliets & Things to do in Moliets 

Surfing in Moliets


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