Do you love the sea and water sports and would you like to combine your passion with the desire to travel? Then this is the article for you! Thanks to the advice and suggestions of many experts and travelers from all over the world, we have compiled a list of the 10 best European cities for water tourism. These are very different cities from a historical, social, economic and territorial point of view: some cities are located on the banks of rivers, others on lakes or seas. What unites them is a great attention to tourism and the application of eco-sustainable tourism policies aimed at maximizing this sector, while respecting nature and the surrounding environment. Let’s find out what they are!
Athens and the Greek Islands
We couldn’t start a list of the best European water destinations without mentioning Greece, especially Athens and the different islands of the Peloponnese. Here, in addition to swimming, canoeing and diving, it is possible to enjoy extraordinary landscapes and you can choose both the most fashionable and trendy destinations such as Santorini or Mykonos, as well as wilder and unspoiled islands such as the Cyclades or the Sporades.
Garda lake, Italy
A perfect destination for lovers of all aquatic disciplines, the Lake Garda area allows you to try any type of water activity, including surfing.
Another perfect destination is the Island of Lampedusa where you can find incredible marine scenarios, ideal for those who love diving.
Lake Balaton, Hungary
Besides being a splendid destination for water sports lovers, Lake Balaton is also one of the cheapest European destinations in this area. It is no coincidence that more and more German, French and English tourists flock to this region every year.
Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura Canarie
Pearls of the Atlantic Ocean a few steps from the northern coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are one of the best destinations for those who want a seaside holiday even in the middle of winter. With a few hours of flight from Italy, the Canary Islands allow you to enjoy a warm climate all year round and to practice many water sports, including surfing, kayaking and even flyboarding.
For fans of surfing and other water sports, we also recommend Nazarè, one of the places with the highest waves in the world, some of which reach 35 meters in height!
If you think that Switzerland is the perfect destination only for snow and mountain lovers, you are wrong! Basel, in addition to being famous for its river where locals and tourists swim, canoe or row, is also home to Europe’s largest indoor water park. “ Aquabasilea” is just ten minutes by car from the city center and offers fun, sports and relaxation for all water lovers!
Still on the subject of water parks, we could not overlook the huge tourist center of Kusadasi which annually hosts about 300,000 tourists.
The French coast of Provence has always been known for the beauty of its waters, so much so that it deserves the title of “Côte d’Azur “. For water tourism enthusiasts we recommend a trip to the Calanques area of Marseille : you will be amazed!
Northern Spain is considered to be one of the best places to practice water sports, especially surfing.