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Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« on: July 20 2005 14:07:00 »
Hey- I'm going to Spain to study January-May 2006. I'm looking to choose my city based on surf & conditions.. Anyone know where the best city to live/surf (without a car) for that time of the year would be? Just looking for a chill city and some beautiful waves. thanks!
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #1 on: July 20 2005 15:07:00 »
The north coast would be your best option for surf. The med rarely sees anything over 3'
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #2 on: July 20 2005 15:07:00 »
thanks J- do you know of any big cities on the Northern Coast where there are Universities? Thanks-
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #3 on: July 20 2005 16:07:00 »
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #4 on: July 21 2005 17:07:00 »
first, think Atlantic coast. You will not find any surf whatsoever in alicante or barcelona. Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in spain, but no surf.
I recommend heading to either Santander or San Sebastian. Bilbao has surf too, but the city is quite industrial and it's not the place you want to study abroad.
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #5 on: July 21 2005 17:07:00 »
I studied in San Sebastian during the spring of 2004. That's your best bet. The city is amazing, probably my favorite city in all of europe. I also spent a weekend in Santander and thought it was a great town.
But really, this is what you need to do: IMMEDIATELY go to usac.unr.edu and apply online to the San Sebastian program. The program fills up very fast (very small, like 90 people) and the initial app. is free. You will probably live within a block of the beach. The surf is fun, not amazing, but france is very close, and mundaka, although fickle, is less than an hour away. If you want more info, email me.
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #6 on: July 21 2005 17:07:00 »
sorry, had to leave multiple posts because of the length limit.
I reread those and they don't sound as enthusiastic as they should.
GO TO SAN SEBASTIAN. you won't regret it.
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #7 on: July 31 2005 09:07:00 »
santander is the place to go.
in winter you'll even have the possibility to choose between uncrowded perfect surfing, or snowboarding.
you can do both things on the same day.
where in the world does it happen? nowhere
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #8 on: August 10 2005 13:08:00 »
Hey Mark, sorry about the late response-
Thanks so much for the advice, I'm going to apply to San Sabastian and Barcelona, and make a last minute decision. I'm bummed that there's no surf on the Mediterranean coast, but worst case scenario, TRAVEL! I was wondering if you did any surf travel outside of Spain while you were there? I'm thinking Portugal, Morocco, England.. I heard Italy has some beautiful beaches too.., anywhere you went that you would absolutely reccomend? Thanks!
RE: Alicante vs. Barcelona.. Or any other suggestions?« Reply #9 on: August 29 2005 05:08:00 »
You could try Cadiz University - close to some of the best surfing and windsurfing in Europe. Or Las Palmas in the Canary Islands - for windsurfing.