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7 Best Campsites For Surfers In Europe

Going on a surf trip? Make sure you tick some of these campsites for surfers off your list...

Campsites for surfers should all have views like Tristram Campsite in Polzeath, Cornwall, UK. Photo: Polzeath Camping

Heading off on a surfing road trip this summer? Finding the best campsites for surfers can be a hard task, especially when there are dozens of camping websites in Spanish and French to navigate online.

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Sometimes the best option is to hit the road and find the best campsite when you stumble across it. If you are anything like me, a plan is kinda essential.

We’ve put together seven of the best surf spots with excellent campsites for surfers next to the beach (or really nearby). Interested? Read on….


Mundaka is a legendary wave with an excellent campsite for surfers nearby. Photo: iStock

Mundaka in Spain is a legendary wave among surfers across the world. Magic Seaweed argue that Mundaka is “possibly the best rivermouth wave in the world”.

A fast left-handed barrel, this wave is not for beginners or the faint-hearted. Conditions are only perfect around 50 days per year, so you have to be patient and catch it on a good north-westerly swell.

Stay at the Portuondo Campsite, just one kilometre from Mundaka town centre. With amazing views of the estuary and hot showers, this is a great campsite for surfers. Wake up here, ready for a dawnie to one of the world’s most epic waves.


Looking for a campsite for surfers right near Hossegor? Head to Village Oceliances. Photo: iStock

Hossegor in France is known across the world as one of the best tube spots in the world. It’s a wave reserved for experts and pros when the swell is big, as the waves break dangerously close to the shore and often close out.

If you are here to witness the world-famous waves, stay at Village Oceliances. It is a huge campsite with an outdoor swimming pool, just 600m from Bourdaines beach (another good surf spot) and a five minute drive to Hossegor.


This is the view of the surf you will get from the Tristram Campsite in Polzeath, Cornwall. Photo: Polzeath Camping

Polzeath is one of the most popular surfing beaches in North Cornwall, UK. It’s favoured by longboarders for its long peeling wave and it works best at low to mid tide. Within an hour’s drive, there is a huge coastline of great waves to explore, depending on the conditions.

Perched right on the edge of the cliff, Tristram Campsite in Polzeath has a spectacular view over the surf. It’s undoubtedly one of the best campsites for surfers. While it may not the cheapest and it’s packed out during the summer holidays, Tristram worth it for the location and the quality of surf below.


Set against the pine forest next to the Villavicosa river, Rodiles is one of the great surf spots along the Northern Spanish coastline. When it’s going off, you can guarantee the water will be crowded. It’s a beautiful left-hander, similar to Mundaka but not as big.

Camping Fin de Siglo is right by the river, just a short walk to the beach. Perfect for dawnies. However, it’s only open June to September so make sure you double-check the dates before you go.


Photo: Sango Sands Oasis

Sutherland is one of the least populated places in the United Kingdom, so you are guaranteed crowd-free surf up here on the north coast of Scotland. Depending on the swell, you’ll either get a right off the cliff at the east end of the beach, and a left in north-westerley swells.

Sango Sands Campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites for surfers in the UK. It is so far north that you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean here. You might even catch the Northern Lights if you are here during the winter months. Make sure you nab a camping spot by the steep slopes above the beach.


Ericeira is one of the most popular places to find a campsite for surfers in Portugal. Photo: iStock

Ericeira in Portugal was chosen in 2011 to be one of eight World Surfing Reserves. Why? Well this area has an amazing array of surf spots in such a small area. It’s now protected by this Californian organisation.

Foz do Lizandro and Sao Juliao is great beach breaks for beginners while experienced surfers will want to head to Coxos, the famous hollow wave, as well as Pedra Branca, Backdoor, Reef, Cave and Crazy Left.

Ericeira Camping is right on the beach with excellent facilities and even surf teepees you can rent if you don’t have a tent. Plus it’s just a five minute drive from the famous Ribeira d’Ilhas Beach, which has hosted many surfing world championship events.


Head to Wales and stay at the Hillend Campsite, one of the best campsites for surfers in Europe. Photo: Hillend Campsite

Llangennith is one of the most popular beach breaks in Wales. The three kilometre stretch is one of the most consistent spots on the Gower Peninsula. Catch it at low tide when the winds are light and you’ll be in for a great surf.

Hillend Campsite is an ideal campsite for surfers because it’s situated right next to the beach, so you can crawl out of your tent and check the surf while drinking a cup of tea.

It’s got an awesome cafe and top notch shower block. The downside is it is pretty expensive, but with a view like that, you won’t mind so much.

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