Summer is approaching, and so are days spent on the water. Standup paddleboarding makes for one of the coolest summer activities, a perfect sport for getting active while relaxing out in the sun at the same time. Europe has some of the best destinations this summer to SUP it up. So, wherever your summer travels take you, you can be sure that excellent standup paddleboarding in Europe is not far away.
SUP? Check out the best destinations for standup paddleboarding in Europe this summer.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of this picturesque Slovenian lake with a small island in the middle. SUP-ing around the lake is a great alternative to get a unique experience of your time on Lake Bled. There is also a boat that goes to Bled Island, but it is often crowded. You’ll avoid the crowds and get fantastic views by getting on your SUP.
Jurassic Coast, England
We’re not quite sure if this can be considered one of the best standup paddleboarding in Europe since Brexit happened, but this destination is well worth a mention. The white-cliff coasts, many caves, and clear waters make the Jurassic Coast a perfect destination for getting out on the waters. Plus, renting equipment is possible from many points on the coastline, such as in the town of Weymouth or by the beautiful Lulworth Cove. You can even SUP through the Durdle Door arch!
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Who says you can’t SUP in the city? Paddling your way through the endless canals is sure to be a fantastic way to discover this magical city. The city has over 100 kilometers of canals in addition to the Amstel River and plenty of places for rentals. Guided tours are also available if you’re unsure about navigating the Amsterdam canals on your own.
Although this one is already mentioned in The 11 Best Standup Paddleboarding Spots in Germany, the lakes of Bavaria, especially this one, are not to be missed for lovers of standup paddleboarding in Europe. This crystal clear lake is by the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze. SUP to the many islands on the lake, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go exploring the caves around the lake.
Zadar Archipelago, Croatia
Croatia’s Archipelago makes for a great destination if you’re looking to go on a long-distance SUP trip in Europe. You’ll set off on your adventure off the coast of the city of Zadar. Experience the untouched areas on the water, and visit the island of Molat with its fisherman’s villages.
The Islands of Greece
Discover Greece from a unique perspective by gliding on its waters. When it comes to Greece, you can be sure that you will not run out of places to SUP. With its 6,000 islands, 60 lakes, and 12,000 kilometers of beautiful coastlines, there’s no shortage of spots to discover on the Greek waters. Just imagine seeing the island of Santorini with its white-washed villages while paddling away. Sounds like a dream come true!
The islands of Lofoten are simply incredible, and viewing its picturesque fishing towns from the water is truly something else. The Norwegians are known to be sporty folk, so renting equipment for standup paddleboarding or any other water sports is not an issue. Make sure you have your wetsuit on or are prepared because a SUP trip in the Arctic might be slightly different from catching rays on the Greek coast.
Lisbon Coast, Portugal
Portugal is said to be the capital of Europe for paddleboarders, so it is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for this activity. The coast’s waters are also incredibly clear, especially if you set out in the early morning. So, if you’re planning a city getaway to the beautiful capital of Portugal, as we said… the SUP spots are never far away.
Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Again, are we really in Europe? Well, it hardly matters because the Emerald Isle is one for the books regarding standup paddleboarding in Europe. The town of Portrush is an excellent spot for beginning your trip. The Giant’s Causeway, with its basalt columns, is a sight to see while on the water. Remember that winter conditions aren’t necessarily the greatest, but wait until summer comes around! Inlets and mighty rock formations, you’ll be swept off your feet (or paddleboard)!
Balearic Islands, Spain
Last but not least, it is Spain. This country’s endless beaches (566 blue flag beaches, to be exact) make it easy to set sail on your paddleboard from wherever. The coasts of Mallorca or the Canary Islands are especially beautiful for all SUP lovers. You can also paddleboard around cities like Sevilla, an excellent way to add spice to your city adventure.
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