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List of 10 best surf spots for beginners in 2021 in Europe

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List of 10 best surf spots for beginners in 2021 in Europe

Europe’s best surf spots for beginners in 2021

Are you looking for a surf holiday while you never surfed before? Do not look any further, we can help you out with the best surf spots within Europe this year. We have provided you with a couple of options in either France, Portugal or Spain.

Surf spots for beginners in France

This article starts off with a number of surf spots ideal to beginners in France. We’ve listed Vieux Boucau, Moliets and Mimizan but it’s safe to say that there are many more.

Beginner surf spot: Vieux-Boucau le Bain

Vieux Boucau might be our top-pick among all surf spots for beginners in France. The beach break stretches all along the beach – obviously – which provides the opportunity to be surfing without it being too busy. Just behind the dunes, at 3 minutes walking from the beach, you will find some of our favorite surf camps in France.

Vieux Boucau has waves throughout the year that ranges from beginner waves to seriously big waves, suitable for the more advanced surfers. However, every year many inexperienced surfers make their way to this French surf town, which is also known for its fun nightlife.

Beginner surf spot: Moliets-et-Maa

Moliets, in the South-West of France is one of the most famous surf spots of France. It’s not for no reason that there are many surf camps present in this region, with most guests being beginners or very little experienced in surfing. In Moliets it’s about more than just the waves, the surf-vibe here is real. At Star Surf Camp you will be treated with a all-in surf-experience, given the many concerts which will be performed at the camp, the nice and international crowd as well as the several activities throughout the week.

Below is one of our top picks among the different surf camps in Moliets

4.4 / 5 – 35 reviews

Star Surf Camp Moliets

Moliets, France
On average 20 – 30 years old (min. 18)
Beginners, intermediate & advanced
May – September
Widely available

Beginner surf spot: Mimizan

In case you would like to make your way to Mimizan, since forever it’s known for being France’s capital of surfing. Mimizan offers surf conditions suiting surfers from all levels, including beginners. As long as we can remember many surfers with no to little experience make their way to conquer the waves of Mimizan, learning how to surf in this French surf town. The beach is widely stretched, providing space for anyone. Also here, the surf can range from relatively smaller waves to the ‘big boys’, attracting surfers from all over the world.

Surf spots for beginners in Spain

The North of Spain has a couple of surf camps and there’s a good reason to it. The North Coast of Spain can be regarded as the best spot within Europe to learn surfing. The main reason are the surf conditions, which are calm, with small waves and rarely any current. Furthermore, the consistency of the waves is very large, making this coast ideal for learning (as well as intermediates, improving your skills is very doable).

Beginner surf spot: Somo

4.4 / 5 – 40 reviews Escuela Cantabra de Surf

Escuela Cantabra de Surf

Somo, Spain
On average 25 – 40 years old (min. 18)
Beginners, intermediate & advanced
All year round
Widely available

Somo is located in the same bay as the city of Santander. This bay, also home to famous surf town Loredo, is facing the ocean in such a way that the waves are always small, mellow and without too much under-current. These truly are the ideal circumstances for learning how to surf. Somo is one of our top-picks for surf spots for beginners in Spain.

Beginner surf spot: Oyambre

Oyambre can be seen as one of Europe’s best spots to learn how to surf. The waves here are very consistent, not high at all and there is just not much current. These circumstances are ideal for first-timers and everyone with very little surf-experience. The teachers will make sure that you practice the pop-up a number of times on the beach and as soon as you will go into the water, there will be plenty of opportunity to practise it as the waves will remain to be of a very friendly character.

One of our favorite surf camps in Spain is located in Oyambre. Star Surf Camp is slightly more focused on a surf- and party-vibe. Throughout the week there are several bands performing at the camp and there’s a nice bar close by. However, the camp site and the camp itself are fairly quiet, with the beach within walking distance. The meals you will be served are of a high quality and you have several options to join for any of the activities, so that you can combine learning how to surf with experiences you will (also) never forget.

3.9 / 5 – 15 reviews

Surf Camp Oyambre

Oyambre, Spain
On average 20 – 35 years old (min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
May – September
Widely available
Surfers walking to Oyambre beach at Star Surf

Beginner surf spot: Zarautz

Zarautz is located just next to the city of San Sebastian. In front of this lovely surf town, you will find a bay which hosts a beach that is ideal for learning how to surf. The waves are mellow and there is not much current, making this spot ideal for your first waves. Zarautz also is home to one of the best surf camps of Spain which is visited by many surfers with no to very little experience.

Surf spots for beginners in Portugal

Portugal is a country full of surf. You can have a look at the entire list with surf spots in Portugal because there are many. Here, in this article, we are going to look at 3 in total: Costa da Caparica (just south of Lisbon), Alentejo, in the South of Portugal and Porto.

Beginner surf spot: Costa da Caparica

Just 10 km. south of Lisbon, you will find Caparica. At Gota d’Agua Surf House you will become part of the family from the very first moment you step into their doors. And your new family will take you surfing, as they operate several surf schools, you will always be surfing somewhere (nearby!) where the surfing conditions are best for beginners. Furthermore you will be treated with a real Portuguese experience, there’s really nothing else you could wish for!

4.9 / 5 – 84 reviews

Gota dAgua Surfcamp and Suites

Caparica, Portugal
On average 18 – 30 years old (min. 18)
Beginners only
March – November
Widely available

Beginner surf spot: Alentejo

Alentejo is one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions, with green forests and a coast line which could be on any postcard. Throughout the summer, Alentejo (Galé Beach) has ideal circumstances for beginning surfers, as the waves are fairly small and there’s not much current. This makes the learning process much easier. At the Dreamsea Surf Camp in Alentejo you will be treated with a great gastronomy and there are loads of activities which you will remember for a long time!

Beginner surf spot: Porto

The north of Portugal is not as much explored as other spots but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. Here you will find a much more authentic experience, with empty line-ups, the real Portugal with its lovely small and local restaurants, beautiful sceneries and not too many tourists. Porto and its surroundings have many surf spots that are great to learn how to surf. From all the spots, we would like to point out Estela, as this is one of the best surf spots for beginners in surfing. Below there’s an accommodation that you can book if you are looking for the best place to learn how to surf.

5 / 5 – 25 reviews

Estela Surf and Hostel

Estela, Portugal
On average 20 – 40 years old (min. 18)
Beginners, intermediate & advanced
All year round
Widely available


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