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Van Surfari Spain & France
Ever wanted to cruise through Spain and France catching the best waves? Nows your chance.
There’s no better way to experience the coastal paradise of Spain and France than in a surf van. We can dip in and out of the many coves, exploring long beaches, checking out surf reefs from clifftops and discovering parts of this wonderful coastline and countryside that are only accessible with your own vehicle – all the while chasing the best waves and surfing conditions every day, depending on the swell and tailored to your surfing level.
Includes dorm-style accommodation at the San Sebastian Surf Camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (prepared by our in-house chefs), surf lessons (board and wetsuit hire included) with experienced guides who know exactly where to go, plus all of your transport, an awesome Stoke Crew and an unforgettable experience!
(flexible bookings, low deposit, and group payments)
On the road baby, between France and Spain, wherever the waves are pumping
June - September
Get a group together and flick us an email. Packages available on request.
Young at heart traveller 18+. Free trip if you bring your grandma
Stoke surf house accommodation or camping accommodation
Breakfast & dinner daily
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Surf lessons and equipment
WE’RE GOIN’ ON A VAN SURFARI in Spain and France
Have you ever heard that song Surfing Surfari? It was by the Beatles, or the Beach Boys, or some other group of fossils, not sure, but it had a real good message… “Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how, come on a surfari with me.” Think about the wonders of a surf trip, combined with the adventure of a safari. Travelling up and down the coast hunting WAVES! Well, we put one together: the Stoke Travel Van Surfari. Well, as put together as an off-the-cuff surf trip can possibly be.
HOW DOES IT WORK The Basque Surfing Safari work?
Let us explain. We have this bus, and this big stretch of surfing coast spanning Spain and France, so what we’re going to do is cruise up and down the coast looking for waves on our Van Surfari. At the end of every day we’ll retreat to our Surf House, grab a beer, chill out and cook dinner. We’ll drink some beers and trade stories. We’ll decide whether we want to go and party, or not, and once the night is done, whichever we chose to do we know we’ll be waking up and cruising the coast looking for more waves. And in the morning we’re going to head off, taking in the best towns, beaches, tourist attractions and parties this part of the world has to offer. Basically we’ll be chasing the waves and the biggest kicks. Pretty cool huh!?
It’s a simple, yet rad concept. What better way to experience these must-do locations than on a surfboard!? Y’all know we just adore tourism, and site seeing rules, but there ain’t nothing finer than whiling away the hours, doing not so much, parked on a beautiful European beach.
WHERE WE GO, surfing the spanish & french coastline…
The Stoke Travel Van Surfari heads to the best breaks of the day along the French and Spanish coast: San Sebastian, St Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Bayonne (party only), Biarritz, Anglet, Hossegor, Seignosse, Zarautz and Zumaia.
Stoke Travel Passport Holders Van Surfari
Holders may book Van Surfari with nights from their Stoke Travel Passport. Unsure what the Stoke Travel Passport is? Check it out here! Your universe will change.
A DAY ON VAN SURFARI
Just like a normal safari, the day’s plan is never set in stone. We’ll be starting bright and early to eat a home-cooked breakfast, and then we pack the van and hit the road in search of the best waves and the biggest kicks of the day! Regardless of how it looks, your days will be filled with delicious food, incredible scenery, world-class waves, and tons of booze.
Day 1 - 8:00 – 10:00 am
Wake up to a delicious cooked breakfast whether it be pancakes, bacon and eggs or a ham & cheese omelette.
Day 1 - 10am onwards
Jump in the van and head to the best waves of the day. If you’re a beginner, the instructors are there to help you and will have you standing up before you know it!
Day 1 - 8pm
After a full day of surfing, it’s back to the house for a nice hot dinner before the option of a party night out. Take advantage of our unlimited beer and sangria for €10 a night to ensure a good time!
ON THE ROAD BABY! KINDA.
Because the whole concept of a Surfari is to be out on the open road, hunting those perfect waves. We’ll be cruising between Bordeaux in France and Bilbao in Spain, but we can go further afield if the waves call. At the end of the day, we’ll retreat back to the surf house in Aia.
Locations in Spain – Zarautz, Zurriola (San Sebastian), Zumaia, Bakio, Laga, Mundaka, Sopelana and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
Location in France – Hendaye, Bidart, Biarritz, Tarnos, Hossegor, Anglet, Seignosse, Moliets and Mimizan.
STOKE SURF HOUSE
Address: Arrutiegia Auzoa, 26, Aia, Gipuzkoa
We provide free transfers from SAN PELAIO station in Zarautz at 9:00am, 1:00 pm and 7:00pm.
It’s important to let us know which one you’d like to jump on ahead of time! Make sure to add on a transfer when booking. If you haven’t booked one yet, please make sure you get in touch with us to do so prior to your arrival. If you are unable to make the last 7 pm free transfer or would like a pick up outside of the free pick up times, please call or email us to arrange to pick up for an extra charge.
Phone: +34 661 713 683
HOW TO GET THERE
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If you fly to Bilbao:
Buses leave hourly from Bilbao Airport to Zarautz (San Pelaio bus station). Or you can catch the Euskotren to San Pelaio Station in Zarautz, and jump in your pre arranged pick up from there!
If you fly into Biarritz:
The best way to get to Surf Camp from Biarritz International Airport is to take a French SNCF train to Hendaye, change to the nearby Euskotren station (located just outside the SNCF station) and take an Euskotren to San Pelaio, Zarautz for your pickup. Each train ride is between 30-40 minutes, with the total train trip costing less than €10.
If you fly into San Sebastián:
The best way to get to camp from San Sebastian airport is to take bus E21 or E23 bus from the airport to San Sebastian which run about every 30 minutes. Get off at the Amara bus stop. From here cross the road and jump on the Euskotren and head to San Pelaio train station. Make sure you let us know at least 24 hours before you arrive when to come and collect you from Zarautz!
RENFE TRAIN – The train station in the centre of San Sebastián, the “Estación del Norte”, offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris and Lisbon. if you arrive by RENFE Train, jump on the Euskotren to San Pelaio Station for pre arranged pickup from there.
EUSKOTREN – A train with connections to Bilbao and cities along the Basque Coast, such as Zarautz. This service also links to Hendaye (France) and the SNCF, French rail service, with Lasarte passing through Donostia. You can catch this train to San Pelaio, Zarautz from Bilbao.
If you arrive by bus in San Sebastian, simply walk across the road from the bus station to the Euskotren and jump on a train in the direction of Bilbao, to San Pelaio Train station in Zarautz for your pre-arranged pickup.
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Surf lessons and equipment
Van Surfari Spain & France
- Stoke surf house dorm accommodation or camping accommodation
- Surf in Spain and surf in France, with a new location every day depending on the weather and waves
- Chef-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Transportation along the spanish and French coast
- Experienced surf guides
- Daily surf lessons and equipment hire
- Pick up/drop off transfers to and from the train station (San Pelaio station in Zarautz)
- Local activities and party nights
- Unlimited beer and sangria for only €10 per day.
- Cider house tours
- Wine tasting tours
- Brewery tours and Walking tours
Van Surfari Spain & France Reviews
The surfari was incredible
Good atmosphere, fun activities, cool staff! Loved meeting all the participants and drinking beer with them. Surfing spots were great.
Nice surfing classes, chill people around, easy going feeling. Would love to go again. Campside was nice.
Loved the traveling to find the best waves! Really had great waves and great surfing. People were loveable, cool staff!
Everyone was really social, easy going and it was easy to make friends. There was a great party-atmosphere and the surf lessons were great. Fell in love with surfing!
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