Sandboarding and desert dune adventures in Europe.

Sandboarding in Spain

While still not very wide spread, there surely is potential for sandboarding as a mainstream sport in Spain. The region of Andalusia is home to the Tabernas Desert, the only desert in Europe (!), and while the landscape there is partly protected, there are many coastal dunes nearby where you…

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Holywell Bay Sand Dunes, England.
Holywell Bay Sand Dunes, England. Photo courtesy of hilaris.

Sandboarding in the UK

Believe it or not, but sand surfing is not limited to sunny and warm locations in the desert. The United Kingdom may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of sandboarding, but both England and Wales offer quite a few spots where this sport can…

Sand surfing at the huge sand dune at Salir do Porto
Duna de Salir do Porto. Photo courtesy of Vitor Oliveira.

Sandboarding at Salir do Porto, Portugal

Over the past decade Portugal has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, attracting thousands of tourists, digital nomads and surfers from all over the world. Those with an interest in sandboarding will also find that the country hosts one of the tallest sand dunes in Europe,…


Sandboarding in the Netherlands: Hoek van Holland

Sandboarding in the Netherlands at Senang Strand, Hoek van Holland: Experience the exhilaration of gliding down sandy slopes at Senang Surfschool's designated sandboarding area. Rent sandboards for €5 per hour and embrace the thrill of this unique sport. Enjoy a range of beach activities and unwind at De Strandkantine's beachside café.


Sandboarding in Greece

Greece does not have any true deserts, but it is possible to practice sandboarding on the island of Lemnos in the North Aegen region, near the coast of Turkey. The Gomati Sand Dunes, located in an area that resembles a "mini desert", are free of vegetation and therefore suitable for…


Ódáðahraun, the little-known desert of Iceland

Ódáðahraun ("mischeavious lava field", lit. "bad deeds lava" ) is a volcanic desert and extensive lava field located in northeast Iceland. It is the largest desert in Iceland and covers an area of approximately 4,400 square kilometers, and is believed to have formed around 8,000 years ago as a result…


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