For those of you who love the idea of just you, the surf board and the open water, we have a few destinations to try out!

We have picked out some of the best places to surf around the world. All you will need is your Avis car to travel around the coast, surf board and a few waves to get you started.

1)      Gold Coast, Australia

Australia has some of the best beaches and waves in the world. With golden sands, blue waters and warm temperatures, Australia’s Gold Coast definitely showcases the good life!

A surfer’s paradise, there is around 70 km of beach to try out and has the most consistent waves around the world. Drive down the coast to find your perfect spot such as: Mermaid beach, Narrowneck and Palm beach just to name a few!



2)      Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Located where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, it is no surprise that there are some fantastic waves in the unique waters of South Africa. The climate is perfect for surfing, so take a drive from Jeffreys Bay to discover some of the country’s top beach locations. It has been labelled one of the top five destinations in the world for surfing and hosts the Billabong Pro ASP tour event year on year. So if you are an avid surfer and want to watch some of the best in the business, this is the place for you.

3)      California, USA

California is undoubtedly the home of the ‘surfer dude’ attitude! If you are looking for big waves and rugged shores then head up to Northern California which plays host to some of the most extreme surfing conditions. The area known as the Mavericks is for those who have the need for speed!

For a more peaceful and modern surfing environment, Central and Southern California is perfect. For that movie star experience, make sure you visit Malibu and Venice beach. Take your open top car and soak up the Cali lifestyle.

4)      Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. The stunning Caribbean/Pacific location means that the climate is warm and so is the water. The surf is consistent all year round making it a hotspot to travel to.

As the island is relatively small, you can chop and change from one surfing destination to another in no time. Drive to Playa Naranjo during high season from April to October and you’ll find some astonishing surf.

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Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations for city breaks in Europe. With the mix of old and new architecture combined with a bustling waterfront and port, it is perfect for a getaway. There is a lot to explore whilst visiting this vibrant city so make sure you pick up your Avis car from the airport to get around.

The most obvious, yet spectacular site of Barcelona is the city’s architectural design by the renowned artist Anton Gaudi. Take a wonder through the streets and discover more about its design, which inspired one of the great artists of the early 20th century.

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Gaudi: Origins

Born in Reus in 1852, Gaudi qualified as an architect in 1878. Even as a student his work demonstrated strong individual style. He was greatly inspired by forms of nature and religion; evident in his use of curved stone structures and twisted ironwork. Gaudi’s own past is extremely present in the city’s layout, look and feel. His work was greatly influenced by Barcelona which can be seen dotted around all over the city.

To give you a taster of what to expect from the artist’s sites we have listed a few below.

Gaudi: Sites

His most famous work is ‘La Sagrada Familia’, a huge church like temple that remains unfinished to this day. Its style combines both gothic and Art Nuevo design, and was a project which Gaudi spent most of his working life producing. This is by far the most visited attraction in Barcelona. Its unfinished state has perhaps added to its iconic status and as result, amplifies a hint of romanticism to the city.

Another popular destination to see Gaudi’s influence is the ‘Park Güell’. A beautiful combination of mosaic, waves of staircases and avant garde architecture, it is a great place to stroll around during the day. It plays host to a small museum dedicated to some of Gaudi’s best work.

Also worth visiting, is the Casa Baltó, one of the most unusual houses in Barcelona with a unique exterior created from curved and fantasy like stonework.

For more information about what to do and see in Barcelona, and to learn more about Gaudi and his impressive architectural feats, visit the official Barcelona Tourist Board website.

For a great city break and art packed visit, Barcelona is definitely the place for you.

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