Patara Beach Dunes
Sand Dunes at Patara Beach, Turkey. Photo courtesy of William Neuheisel.

Sandboarding in Turkey

A country divided between the two continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is an incredible travel destination with a lot to offer - including sandboarding. There are many incredible beaches filled with dunes, and you can practice sand surfing on some of them. The best sandboarding dunes are located at…

Port Pino Sand Dunes
Fine white sand dunes in Porto Pino, Sardinia.

Sandboarding in Italy

Italy is one of the most incredible countries in Europe, and while it does not have any deserts, it is still possible to enjoy sandboarding in a few selected locations. The beaches of southern Sardinia are known to be the main sand surfing spot in Italy, but there are also…

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Sandboarding in Moscow, Russia
Riding on a sand pit in Dzerzhinsky. Photo courtesy of Alexander Burakov.

Sandboarding in Russia

Russia may not be the first country that comes to mind when you picture summer sports and desert dunes, but sandboarding is actually rather popular in the Greater Moscow Area (Moscow Oblast). There are a large number of sand quarries surrounding lakes and forests and young Russians love taking their…

Sandboarding in France - Dune du Pilat (Pyla Dune)
Sandboarding at Dune du Pilat, France. Photo courtesy of Jack Soley.

Sandboarding in France: Dune du Pilat and Côte d’Opale

France is home to the tallest sand dune in Europe - the Dune du Pilat - so it's no surprise it makes one of the best sandboarding destinations in the continent. There are also many other sandboarding spots across the country, specially in the Côte d'Opale, many thanks to user…


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,…


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