10 Best Places To Surf in France This Summer
France was actually the very first of all European countries to experience surfing at the beginning of the 1950-ies. Since then it developed a strong surf culture. You ask why? Because the land of wine, baguette and cheese offers more than 500 kilometers of the best possible beach breaks for European surfers. There are seven main areas of surfing in France: North Brittany, South Brittany, Pays-de-Loire, Poitou-Charente, Gironde, Landes and Basque Country. This basically means that there is tons of waves of all levels and sizes. Here is our top 10 surf spots.
Dossen is a fun little beach break in North Brittany. The good thing about the wave: it catches more westerly swell than other beach breaks nearby. It's deficit: Dossen does get affected by the wind. But during summer it is a perfect beginners wave.
2. Pors Ar Villec
Pors Ar Villec, called "Porza", is a pretty consistent surf spot in the area of Locquirec. This fast and hollow wave breaks over a reef covered with sand. This surf spot is for expert surfers only and gets pretty crowded during winter months. Be careful: Even at hightide rocks make the wave difficult to ride.
Pors-ar-Vag in South Brittany is a perfect beach break for beginners. The wave breaks over sandy bottom and works best at hightide and with easterly winds. During spring and summer months Pors-ar-Vag is ideal for a surf holiday with a camping van staying at one of the nearby campsites.
L'Embarcadère is one of the most popular surf spots in Pays-de-Loire-Area. This mellow longboard wave looks like the little brother of Kirra at Australias Gold Coast. Smooth mellow waves make this spot perfect for beginner and intermediate levels.
5. La Côte Sauvage
La Côte Sauvage is a 15-kilometer-stretch of coast with lots of beach breaks for all surf levels. During summer and autumn months the nearby campsites are filled with surf schools and camper vans of travelling surf tourists.
Lacanau is the most popular surf spot in Gironde area. Especially during summer the beach break attracts all levels of surf skills. During that time of the year the nice campsites nearby are home for surf schools and families at their surf holidays.
7. Moliet Plage
Moliet Plage is one of the most popular beach breaks for beginners and intermediates at Landes area. During summer the nearby campsite is home for surfschools and surf travellers from all over europe. If you like to surf and party Moliets Plage is the place to be.
If it comes to real surfing at Landes area the town of Hossegor is worth a longer stop. During autumn and winter months heavy beach breaks like La Gravière, La Nord and La Piste entertain expert surfers and locals with fast and hollow double overhead tubes. During summer intermediate surfers give it a try.
The Grand Plage of Biarritz is one of the most famous and beautiful surf beaches in the Basque coast. During summer months the beach is a popular magnet for local and travelling longboarders of all surfing levels. Lafitenia is the beautiful queen of righthand pointbreaks at the Basque coast. During spring and autumn the wave offers long walls that a perfect for high level longboarding. Between mai and october the nearby campsite is filled with camper vans and surfschools.
Lafitenia is the beautiful queen of righthand pointbreaks at the Basque coast. During spring and autumn the wave offers long walls that a perfect for high level longboarding. Between mai and october the nearby campsite is filled with camper vans and surfschools.
Enjoy your surfholiday!