To see a French beachbreak breaking in mechanical perfection just metres from shore is one of surfing’s greatest sights. This is a regular occurrence around Hossegor, Europe’s surf capital, but the rocky point breaks on the northern Brittany coast and big wave reefs down in the Basque Country, shouldn’t be overlooked. When you throw in the wine, the mountains, the famous French cuisine and the culture a trip to France is more than a surf trip, it’s a life changer.

What we love

Beach breaks around Hossegor recognised as best in the world

Consistent through summer, autumn and spring, though cold in winter

Majority of waves are beachbreaks, but can still hold swell up to 7m

World’s best fine dining experience, exceptional countryside and highly renowned cities