Camping and surfing in France, Portugal and Spain
Camping and surfing doesn’t just happen in the dream destinations of Australia, Hawaii or Africa. Europe too has a host of surfing spots which offer a great deal of fun. Grab the keys to your camper and make tracks!
First tip: Germany’s beautiful neighbouring country France. Here you’ll not only be able to pick up a tasty baguette and admire the picturesque landscape, surfers get their money’s worth too and hit plenty of swells.
Surfing Surf vibes are in abundance in Lacanau-Ocean. The relaxed resort on the French Atlantic Coast offers sandy beaches, beach breaks for everyone and plenty of sunshine. When it comes to surfing, you’ll get your money’s worth here. Regardless of whether you are a beginner, advanced or a pro, the conditions are ideally suited to every level. The surf schools located here support you in developing your skills, and pursuing the art of surfing in full.
Our camping tip:
Fancy camping right on the beach? Not a problem, your roadsurfer will be very welcome at the Les Grands Pins campsite. The choice of pitches is vast and the campsite is right on the beach. Camping and surfing can be perfectly combined here and there are plenty of leisure activities on the campsite. You can find some post surf relaxation in the spa area with a sauna or in the inviting pool. If you just need some peace and quiet, there’s always your mobile home. ?
Moliets et Maa
Surfing In line with the motto “small but powerful”, Moliets et Maa in the Southern French Basque region offers superb conditions for surfers. Wind and wave riders have made the surf spot what it is today: the French epicentre of watersports. In the main season from June to September, the water becomes a little busier, but there are perfect conditions for your ride.
Our camping tip:
Le Saint Martin is located directly on the beach and is therefore the perfect spot for you and your roadsurfer. The campsite has a large pool and plenty of entertainment for children and adults alike. From joint volleyball tournaments, to aqua aerobics, to vibrant dance evenings, the programme has plenty on offer. You will be offered a wide range of parking spaces for your campervan. Fancy a shady spot or would you prefer to be in the sun? Pas de problème! Park up your camper wherever you wish and just enjoy your camping and surfing holiday.
Surfing Each year Quiksilver invites the international elite of the surfing scene to Pro France and shows them how it’s done. Famous for the best waves in the country is Hossegor, an absolute hit among surf enthusiasts. Beginners should try surfing here particularly in the summer months, as the waves can reach up to eight metres high in the winter months and then only experienced big wave surfers can go into the water.
Grab the keys to your camper and head to stunning Spain. Whether in northern or southern Spain, this beautiful country offers a wide choice of sandy beaches and perfect swells.
A harsher climate awaits you in northern Spain than in the south, but you still get to admire the breathtaking landscape.
Langre is a real insider tip among surfers. You won’t find crowded line-ups and masses of people here – just the right place for outdoorsy types and watersports enthusiasts. If you fancy a bit of an adventure and don’t just want to admire the view of the dreamy landscape during the day, with a little luck you’ll find a parking space on the cliffs of Langre Bay. Staying here overnight is free of charge and nothing stands in the way of your camping and surfing trip.
If in addition to your passion for surfing, you also fancy the hustle and bustle of the city and great food, then head to San Sebastian. The place to be for wave riders is Playa de la Zurriola. Thanks to its wide exposure to the Atlantic, waves are guaranteed at the bay. In autumn and spring, you can look forward to perfect beach breaks here. You’ll get the real San Sebastian feeling when you park up your roadsurfer for just seven euros at one of the parking spaces at the university. The pitches are popular, however, so you should act quickly. ? Would you prefer a campsite with electricity? The Igueldo campsite is located near San Sebastian and with an area of five hectares it offers plenty of space. An excellent view is guaranteed here, as the site is on a hill and you can take in the absolute panoramic view.
Southern Spain is characterised by its heavenly sandy beaches and wonderful surfing conditions. Despite the fact it attracts more tourists than the north of the country, a road trip with your VW camper is an absolute must.
The prosperous town in southern Spain has the most surf schools in the country. If you are wanting to get involved with the surfer scene, then you’ll definitely find it here. Casual surf shops, quirky cafés and plenty of free-your-mind vibes. Due to its location, a strong wind blows all year round at Tarifa, offering perfect conditions for wind and kite surfers. Camping At the Valdvaqueros campsite in Tarifa you are right next the beach and therefore have perfect access to it. If you fancy giving watersports a whirl, then you are in the right place here.
A less well-known spot for surfers is El Palmar, a small costal resort with around an eight kilometre long beach break. The line-ups are empty and you have plenty of space to surf. Beginners in particular enjoy themselves here, as the waves are small and you can make quick progress in whitewater. For your roadsurfer, you’ll definitely find a pitch at El Palmar campsite, which is only a convenient 900 metres from the beach. Otherwise you can look for a nice spot in the wild countryside and relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Portugal has an incredible amount of surfing spots to offer. The country guarantees constant waves, although they are slightly smaller in summer than in winter. If you’re a beginner, then the summertime conditions will be perfect for you. Your camper will enable you to get to know Portugal inside out and see wonderful places that are worth the visit.
Urban life in Lisbon can be wonderfully combined with surfing. If you fancy a bit of the city and the beach, then you should drive here with your roadsurfer. Portugal’s capital city is surrounded by legendary surfing spots. Caxias is just one of them that allows you to ride waves on the edge of the city. A bit further north of Lisbon, you’ll find the most legendary surfer town in Portugal: Ericeira. As a World Surfing Reserve, the small town is a real hit among surfers. You’ll find the best beach breaks at Foz do Lizandro. Here is ideal for beginners, advanced and professional surfers alike. In the low season, Portugal is also an interesting place for wild camping. While wild camping is prohibited in high season, some places allow it in spring and autumn. If you want to play it safe, park up your campervan at Ericeira Camping and enjoy your surfing and camping holiday.
Rugged rocky landscapes and fascinating countryside, the Algarve has something for everyone, for surfers and campers. On the contrary, you are in the right place with your roadsurfer, as otherwise you wouldn’t get to visit the beautiful corners of the region so easily. The rocky bays form powerful waves in the southern part of the region. Decent surf skills are an absolute must here. The western Algarve is a hit with beginners. The waves in Amado are perfect for those learning to surf and don’t scare you off right away. When it comes to camping, you should definitely take your campervan to Yelloh! Village – Algarve Turiscampo! Not the cheapest prices, but you get a lot included. The bathing area with lagoon, a wide range of sports, dance evenings and the well-kept grounds are just a few of the highlights.