Where to go windsurfing in Europe
Windsurfing is attracting a lot of attention from water sports lovers intrigued by its combination of laidback surfing-style moves and the care required when directing the sail on the board.
The pursuit has gained traction all over Europe and now forms the basis of many activity holidays.
If you’re a beginner, you might want to consider taking a few basic lessons first before heading off on holiday – although this isn’t essential.
Here are some of the best places to visit when considering a windsurfing holiday in Europe – whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced pro.
Greece’s scenic coast and islands provide the ideal setting for a windsurfing holiday. Top windsurfing hotspots here include Vassiliki on Lefkas in the Ionian Islands and Karpathos in the Dodecanese Islands.
Vassiliki is particularly popular among windsurfers thanks to its beautiful mountain scenery and lively harbour, which is home to taverns and other social venues perfect for winding down in the evenings.
Unsurprisingly, Spain is one of the most visited windsurfing holiday destinations in Europe.
There are several locations to head to along the country’s northern coast to catch the perfect waves – and winds. Cantabria is particularly attractive due to its gorgeous natural surroundings and it is possible to book holidays that tour the area to stop at the region’s best windsurfing hotspots.
The neighbouring principality of Asturias is also ideal for windsurfing holidays.
Portugal has much to offer new and experienced windsurfers alike. Some of the best windsurfing locations here include Figueira da Foz, Peniche and the Algarve coast in southern Portugal.
The latter is worth visiting for those who love food just as much as windsurfing – just imagine relaxing at a restaurant by the sea and sampling some wonderful local seafood after a hard day out on the waves.
The UK might not be quite as sun-soaked as its continental counterparts, but it still boasts some excellent destinations for windsurfing holidays.
Pembrokeshire in Wales, Weymouth in Dorset and the West Country could be perfect for keen windsurfers who want to avoid the stress of travelling abroad.