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Posted: April 21, 2014 by Francesca

This article was added by Francesca Bingley 

Surfing with your whole family is a lot of fun, and its even better when you can go on holiday to child friendly resorts with great surf spots close by. Surfing easy beach breaks with your children makes for some very funny experiences, and a lot of good holiday memories. So to help you on your way to booking your next surf trip with the crew, here are our recommendations for the best child friendly surf destinations in Europe:
  • 1- La Marismas, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The hot Canarian island of Fuerteventura is a fantastic surf destination throughout the year, what with its consistent surf and sunshine. Kids love the open clean beaches, where they have lots of space to play, and there will always be a mellow surf spot working around the island that’s ideal for learning to surf.
Stay at the 3* La Marismas self catering resort for a relaxed approached to holidaying.  There is a free kids club, where they can paint faces, play games and sports; and when they’re not being entertained by the English speaking hosts, there are swimming pools, tennis, squash and beach volleyball courts amongst others to keep them happy.  So you can sit back and relax or plan your next surf session.
  • 2- Vila Gale, Lagos, Portugal

On the south western region of the Algarve coastline lies the ancient maritime town of Lagos. The stretch of coast boasts every type of surf break, so there will always be a beach perfect for all the family to enjoy and surf in its waves.
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury for the whole family in Lagos, then the hotel Vila Gale ticks all the boxes.  It has the biggest outdoor swimming pool in Europe (think 1000metres squared!), is just across from the beach, has tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, a games room, and even its own 1.5kilometre golf course.  The Hotel is located on the 2.5kilometre stretch of Meia Praia beach, and only 7 minutes walk to the marina for when you want a stroll in the beautiful sunshine.
  • 3- Ecolodges, Ericeira, Portugal

Ericeira is renowned as one of the best surf destinations in not just Europe, but also the world. Its has the acclaimed title of being a protected surf reserve, so as you can imagine its beaches are beautiful with plenty to choose from regardless of you and your family’s surfing ability.
To make your surf holiday really memorable, stay at the ecologically friendly Ecolodges in Ericeira (just 35 minutes drive from Lisbon airport). The beautiful self catered lodges can sleep up to 5 people, have a large BBQ area, pingpong and tennis tables, an ecological swimming pool, and are only 300 metres from the town centre and 600 metres to a great beach for swimming. They have a relaxed vibe, that’s perfect for unwinding after a busy day of exploring the surf of the region.

Posted: April 19, 2014 by Francesca

This article was added by Francesca Bingley 

Beginning to surf is one of the best sports that you will ever take up. It keeps you fit, gets you outside, and will offer so many holidays and trips to beautiful destinations around the planet. We have world class surf on our doorstep in Europe, especially when it comes to Portugal’s shores. So to help you along your way in picking up your surfboard for the first time wading into the waves, we have picked out some of the best beginner surf beaches in Portugal. Enjoy and see you out there!
  • 1- Foz do Lizandro, Ericeira

Top of most surfers lists is the town of Ericeira. It caters to the world’s best surfers as well as complete novices as it has kilometres of incredible surf. However, head to Foz do Lizandro for a fun beach break wave at low or mid tide, and play in the easy left and right hand waves whilst gazing at the stunning backdrop.
  • 2- Amado, Lagos area

There isn’t one time of day that Amado isn’t great for beginner surfers what with its consistent swell that isn’t effected by the changing of the tide. There is the added benefit of some of the warmest waters around Portugal in the Lagos area, so enjoy multiple surf sessions before rewarding yourself with some of the delicious local cuisine.
  • 3- Cantinho da Baia, Baleal, Peniche

The surf town of Peniche may be famous for the annual Rip Curl Pro ASP contest, but it also has a great beginner’s beach Cantinho da Baia. The beach is 3 kilometres long, and its surf spot works at all tides with lots of take of points… so there is always more than enough space to enjoy the surf regardless of who else you are surfing with.
  • 4- Guincho, Cascais

Close to Lisbon lies Cascais, home to many relaxed surfer due to its array of great surf spots. For beginner surfers one of the best beaches is Guincho, which works well on the low to mid tide, and forms fun 2-8 foot right hand peeling waves with its sandy bottom.
  • 5- Praia da Torreira, Porto

Lying approximately 40 kilometres from the northern Portuguese city of Porto, Praia da Torreira is known for its consistent right and left hand waves, ideal for beginners to start learning how to ride shorter boards. The beach break offers more punchy waves that are idea for those wanting to get to their feet quickly and really maximise their time in the water.

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