Fishing holidays in Europe are attractive to keen sport fishermen as well as close-knit families looking for interesting activities to take part in during their summer break. You could while away the hours on a tranquil lake, at the side of an energetic stream or out on the open ocean, either enjoying the peace and quiet on your own or building relationships with your nearest and dearest. And if your holiday party isn’t all interested in fishing, there are nearly always a number of other great activities to enjoy nearby, from sunbathing to sightseeing and shopping.
Europe is surrounded by oceans and seas, and scattered with rivers, lakes and streams – the fishing potential on the continent is huge. You could opt for an Alpine river adventure, enjoy Atlantic salmon fishing in icy Norwegian rivers or fish for trout in the rivers and loughs of Ireland. We’ve picked just three countries with some of the best fishing opportunities in Europe to kick off you fishing holiday plans.
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Fishing holidays in Spain
Spain, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, is home to some of the most spectacular deep sea fishing destinations in the world. Two particularly good fishing spots are off the coast of Marbella, which is popular for big game fishing, and Barcelona, which is the perfect place to land sea monsters like bigeye tuna, Mahi Mahi and bluefish.
If you’re more interested in river fishing, the Rio Ebro is well-known for its catfish and carp, which can weigh up to 300 pounds!
Fishing holidays in Holland
Holland enjoys colder winters and warmer summers that help create rich waters that are extremely well stocked with the likes of bream, roach, perch, pike, zander and carp. To fish legally in Holland you’ll need a one-year licence for the whole of Holland as well as a regional permit, which can both be purchased from all major tackle shops in Holland.
Fishing holidays in France
The Mediterranean Sea on the east and the Atlantic Ocean on the west has created several big game fishing spots around France, and the Martigues region is one of the best. The Mediterranean waters here bring numerous swordfish, bluefin tuna, spearfish, white marlin and barracuda. Plus, you can fish in peace while the rest of the family enjoy the beautiful beaches and luxury shopping of Marseilles.
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