Why spend a small fortune travelling halfway across the globe when you can windsurf Europe? Although the smallest continent Europe is blessed with lots of wind and lots of water – you just need to know where to go…. So we’ve put together the top 10 European windsurfing destinations.
Top 10 European windsurfing destinations
It should be added that the list is in no particular order and that it is based purely on the most popular pages on this site to windsurf Europe. With that in mind the top 10 should be considered as top destinations for windsurfing holidays.
Known as the ‘Wind Capital of the World’ and the southernmost point of the European continent. Tarifa has the average annual air temperature of 19°C and the water is usually between 13 and 20 degrees.
The season is year round but best from the beginning of March to the end of November. Even outside of these months you can still windsurf, however some beaches prohibit water sports during the height of summer. Conditions are different in spring, summer and autumn and also vary during the day. Flat water is most common in the summer.
There are numerous restaurants and bars, and the town has a lively nightlife. Cultural attractions such as churches and museums are available for those seeking entertainment for non windsurfers. Overall it is probably the best of all European windsurfing destinations.
Porto Pollo, Italy
Porto Pollo is on the island of Sardinia and is one of the best European windsurfing destinations. The four types of wind occurring in different seasons of the year create conditions for windsurfers with different skill levels and preferences. The best time to visit is between June and October.
Porto Pollo is a family friendly location. Dunes along the bay offer shelter to non-windsurfing partners and family members. Apart from the great windsurfing conditions, Porto Pollo offers many cultural attractions.
There are also clubs, bars and restaurants serving traditional Italian food. Numerous hotels, residences, camp sites and bed & breakfast accommodations are available making it a great place to windsurf Europe.
Local thermal wind ‘Eric’ makes this bay, located on the southern coast of Lefkada island, a great destination from mid-May to mid-October. It is often considered the perfect spot for beginners. This is due to light morning winds and shallow waters. This place is best characterized by stable weather, well-developed infrastructure and easy access.
The beach is full of windsurfing schools. They offer lessons suitable for virtually everybody from beginners to advanced windsurfers. Storage space is available for those travelling with their own equipment. A good choice of accommodation from cheap self-catering studio apartments to more expensive hotels are available.
Leucate and nearby Gruissan are located on the Mediterranean coast and have the best summer windsurfing in France. Near the Spanish border, just north of Perpignan, it’s a beautiful location with the Pyrenees in the background.
There is both coastal windsurfing and large sheltered lagoons with waist deep water, all serviced by strong and reliable Tramontane winds. The annual Défi Wind Race in Gruissan and the Mondial du Vent Festival, in Leucate attract thousands of windsurfers each year.
The climate in Zadar, Dalmatia ‘almost’ guarantees temperatures above 15°C form May to October. Summer winds are usually light to moderate, and are stronger in spring and winter.
Windsurfing schools with internationally licensed instructors are available. If you need a break from windsurfing, the city of Zadar also offers plenty of other attractions. These include Roman Forum, St Donatus’ Church or a 15th-century Citadel.
The city can be accessed via Zadar International Airport. Camp sites near sandy beaches can be found in places like Ninska Laguna. Its a great place for a holiday and in our opinion one of the top 10 European windsurfing destinations.
The province of Antalya contains many great sandy beaches for windsurfing such as Ozlen Beach. However some of the best beaches within the province are rather remote so more suited for those with their own transport.
The city of Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort. With the annual average high temperatures above 24°C the season in Antalya lasts all year. However, summer months see the best southern winds.
There are many interesting places, festivals, events and historic sites within Antalya for days off the water or keeping the family happy. Antalya Airport has two international terminals linking the city to the rest of the world.
This spot has some of the best and most consistent windsurfing conditions in the UK. It is best windsurfed on the approach of high tide. Rhosneigr is suitable for beginners, but also offers strong waves and good conditions for freestyle.
There are three main beaches: Cymyran Beach, Pwll Cwch or the Boating Pool, and Traeth Llydan or Broad Beach. Watch out for massive rocks hidden at high tide.
The village contains caravan and campsites, pubs, windsurfing shops (e.g. Funsport) and hotels. Despite the proximity of Anglesey Airport, the easiest access is by car.
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
This is a well-known windsurfing spot on the coast of the North Sea. It’s approximately 350 miles form London and only 19 miles from Amsterdam.
Wide beaches offer plenty of space making it ideal for beginners. Despite lower winter temperatures, the spot is available all year round and one of the top 10 European Windsurfing Destinations.
There are equipment-renting facilities as well as many restaurants and bars in the town.
Brandon Bay, Ireland
This is one of the top windsurfing locations in Ireland. It’s excellent for beginners on calm days. Experienced windsurfers will be in their element when waves get higher.
Brandon Bay offers good windsurfing conditions at any time of the year, but it’s best to visit in autumn. Prepare for possible rapid changes of weather.
This is a perfect choice for those who prefer quieter and remote places with a bit of beauty thrown in. Inexpensive flights are often available from Stanstead to Kerry Airport, which is about an hour drive form the bay. Accommodations are available in local lodges and cottages (mostly self-catering).
Lagoa de Albufeira (near Lisbon), Portugal
If you are looking for both flatwater and waves then check out Lagoa de Albufeira on the Setubal Peninsula. It’s less than an hour south of Lisbon which itself is good for windsurfing. The lagoon offers waste deep water, which is great for beginners and freestylers, and is separated from the ocean by a sandbar.
Due to thermal winds the most consistent conditions are May to September with NW from 10-25 knots. In the ocean there is good bump and jump conditions with waves up to 1 metre. The winter winds are not as regular but when it blows and combines with a swell conditions can be excellent.
Let us know your thoughts on this top 10 European windsurfing destinations – it is not meant to be an all inclusive list but please let us know of any spots to windsurf Europe that you feel we should add. And be sure to check out our windsurfing discounts as you could save a fortune.