European summer is the perfect time to get in the water, with the Atlantic Ocean lapping at your door and tonguing your toes with accessible surf spots to suit all levels. But travelling with a board for the sake of a few day’s surfing here and there can be expensive and inconvenient, seaside towns tend to mean pricier accommodation, and you might lack confidence if you’re new (or brand new) to surfing. Surf camps and van surfaris allow you to make the most of the Atlantic coast, offering cheaper accommodation in popular beachside areas, removing the hassle and cost of travelling with a board, providing you with gear and lessons and, most importantly, a crew. Here are our three top picks for surf-packages along the Atlantic coast.
San Sebastian Surf Camp, Spain
Make yourself at home in the ever-popular San Sebastian, a seaside Spanish town famed for its coastline and pintxos. Our mates at Stoke Travel take you to the surf of Zarautz, home to a beach break that draws crowds of locals and internationals year-round. Their surf house ias all-inclusive full of new friends, where the crew will cook you three healthy meals a day, give you surf lessons and show you where to party in San Seb’s Old Town. The most affordable (and fun) way to experience the best San Sebastian has to offer.
Zarautz Surf Camp, Spain
Twenty minutes out of San Sebastian you’ll find Zarautz, a popular beach break fun for everyone from those green around the gills to serious shredders. You’ll arrive to find your tents all set-up for you, the beers on ice, and the gear ready to go. Lessons are included if you’d like them, as are daily breakfast and dinner, and the super-friendly crew will even organise your partying for you. This Surf Camp is open to coincide with San Fermines so Stoke Travel can also hook you up with side-trips to Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls or Bilbao’s BBK Live music festival. Enjoy a beautiful part of the Basque coast with some beautiful people.
Van Surfari, France and Spain
If you’re less about settling and more about chasing the best swell, the Van Surfari is for you. Each day, you’ll depart Stoke’s Surf Palace and moving with the tides up and down the French and Spanish coasts to wherever the surf is forecast to be at its best, with frequented spots including San Sebastian, Zarautz and Biarritz. The inclusions are all the same, only this option is the pick for those who don’t mind not knowing what country they’ll be in each day.
Don’t spend all your time dragging yourself around the sights of sweaty cities. Whether you’re the kind of person who likes to set-up camp and really get to know a place, or more of a free-wheeler, a surf camp or surfari along the Atlantic coast will be a highlight of any Euro summer trip.
Author: James Booth @Stoke Travel
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