England, formerly one of the most powerful naval powers in the world, offers visitors historic sights, magnificent castles and bustling cities.
The rainy climate can be gloomy at first, but tourists quickly get used to it as part of the English charm. It’s great to explore the vast greenery in the countryside and enjoy afternoon tea. There are many steep coastal areas as well as long, sandy beaches that attract tons of surfers annually. The wave conditions vary from spot to spot and provide conditions suitable for surfers of all levels.
England offers numerous opportunities for sports fans particularly those interested in football and cricket. A holiday in England is not complete without a trip to London. Even though the city is relatively expensive, the unparalleled sightseeing, shopping and partying will leave you with unforgettable memories. The combination of natural beauties and large cities makes England a dynamic travel destination.
England is located in a moderate climate zone. The climate is wet and, due to the Gulf Stream, warmer than other areas on this latitude. The weather is somewhat unpredictable as England is located in the convergence zone between the cold polar air and the warm tropical air.
The climate in the south and east parts of the country is warmer and drier than in the north and west. The south east coast of England sees much more sunshine than many other European areas. However, the number of rainy days is still pretty high at about 250 days. On average, the sky in England is cloudy two thirds of the year, so the annual duration of sunshine is relatively low.
There is hardly any snowfall in England, as temperatures usually do not drop below zero. While the European mainland cools down during the winter, mild oceanic air masses cause temperatures in England to generally stay above 2-5 degrees.
In summertime, temperatures are not as warm as the rest of the continent due to the cool seas surrounding England.
Thanks to its long coastline, England offers several different breaks. You can find anything from funny beach breaks to challenging reef and point breaks. If you are willing to travel, you can find a good spot most of the year especially during the winter months (December – February).
The cold-water temperatures (9-11°C) are only suitable for extreme surfers. However, in the summer temperatures rise to a more comfortable 16 degrees.
Best surfing season for beginners: June – August
Best surfing eason for advanced surfers: December – February
Crowd factor: High in the summer month
Thanks to thousands of regularly scheduled international flights, London is one of the most accessible cities in the world. There are also daily flights from all European centres’ to Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.
There are numerous ferry connections from France to England. The quickest ferry goes from Calais, France to Dover, England. Additional ferry connections travel from Holland, Denmark, Norway and Ireland.
England is accessible by train thanks to the Eurotunnel that goes from Coquelles, France to Folkstone, England. The trip only lasts 30 minutes so this is the fastest way to get from France to England.