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Surf Trip: Where can I go surfing during the European autumn?

After summer, the common desire of every surfer consists of continuing to surf good waves with a sunny and warm weather. In autumn, the North Atlantic starts to generate the first important storms, sending beautiful swells to the main European surfing locations. Indeed, in October 2 main World Surf League events take place in Europe (France and Portugal). Considering this, Europe offers high level surf trip, especially for those who have a small budget, because, after summer, the prices of lodge and flights decrease a lot. Here the locations for a perfect surf trip:


- Canary Islands: These islands are located off the Moroccan coast and are perfectly positioned to receive the powerful and frequent winter storms coming from the North Atlantic. The winds that regularly sweep these islands in winter tend to blow with less intensity and it is not uncommon to find windless days. The waves will be smooth like glass. In addition, thanks to their proximity to Africa, the climate is always mild and sunny. The islands are indicated for the experienced and beginner surfer, since it is always possible to find a sheltered spot. (

- Peniche: Peniche is 1 hour far from Lisbon by car. In autumn it offers a warm weather and excellent waves. Here you can find Supertubos, the most famous barrelling wave in Portugal where the Rip Curl Pro Portugal takes place at the end of October. Enjoy its beautiful beaches and try its different spots. (

- Algarve: Algarve is and has been the ideal place to spend the winter for many European surfers. In fact, here, during winter, when the sun is shining, you could still wear your t-shirt, like in the summer season. The coast is made up by a series of bays, hidden among the high cliffs, that gives beautiful waves. The Algarve’s waves are characterized by high frequency, because this region is exposed to swells coming from different directions. Sagres, located at the South end of the region, is a quaint little town on a cliff overlooking the ocean. In winter, when heavy NW swells, accompanied by strong onshore winds, hit the West coast of Algarve, making it impossible to surf, this Southern tip protects the East coast that goes from Sagres to Faro, generating exceptional waves, made clean by the same winds that here blow offshore. In cases like these, try to check the beautiful beach of Mareta (Sagres) or Lagos for good waves. (

- Morocco: Morocco is situated in the northeast of the Sahara and its location, very close to Europe, has made it a destination increasingly sought after and popular among European surfers. Its exposure to northwest allows Morocco to receive winter swells coming from the North Atlantic and travelling thousands of miles before reaching the Moroccan coasts. All these factors, combined with the presence of several points, generate a certain number of world class right waves. Definitely, the most famous area for surfing in Morocco is the coast of Taghazout with its long and perfect right points. Spots like Anchor Point, Point Killers, Banana are a reference point in Europe. Here is where most of the surf camps of Morocco are located. Morocco, thanks to its waves, its climate, low cost of living and proximity to Europe, has become one of the favorite destinations for European surfers. Some low cost airlines daily link many European cities to Morocco. (

- Ericeira: Half an hour far from the Lisbon airport, Ericeira receives the same swells of Peniche. In autumn the wind is light and the many rocky spots of the area offer their own best. Long peeling waves are waiting for you (tip: Visit the wonderful right of Ribeira d’Ilhas). (

- France: Welcome to the European school of tubes. French Landes, especially Hossegor, are famous for the long sandy beaches and its barrelling beachbreaks. Autumn is perfect period for a surf trip to France because there are plenty of swells, the wind is light and the weather is pleasant. At the beginning of October the Quiksilver Pro France takes place in Hossegor. (


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