Beach Breaks

Water Sports In The Sea


There’s nothing better than a beach holiday in the sun with your loved ones, especially when there are water sports on the agenda! Whether you fancy a tranquil day of exploring the coast in a kayak, the high-octane thrill of a jet ski, or learning a new skill such as windsurfing, the ocean offers hours of entertainment. We look at some of the top James Villas destinations to visit to enjoy the best water sports in the sea.


If you’re looking for some of the most consistently good surf in Europe, you can’t go wrong with the Silver Coast, Portugal. A favourite destination amongst the surfing community, it attracts everyone from novice to expert-level, as the unique shape of the coastline guarantees good waves almost every day of the year. Even if you are a complete beginner, you will be more than catered for with the many surf schools to be found along the coast.

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Africana Beach, Algarve


Few places in the world boast as beautiful a coastline as the Amalfi Coast, Italy, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by renting a sea kayak and admiring the view from the water. You will find plenty of organised tours, suitable for the whole family, all ages and abilities. You will get the chance to marvel at the tumbling terraces with their paint box houses, before exploring hidden sea caves, and relaxing on secret beaches.

Jet Skiing

There is nothing quite like the rush you get from racing along the ocean waves on a jet ski, and there are few better places to let loose your inner speed-demon than the Côte d’Azur, France. Pleasure-seekers flock to the South of France during the summer months to indulge in some designer shopping, admire the beautiful yachts, and have as much fun as possible, which means there are plenty of places to hire a jet ski for the day.

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Jet skiing in the Cote d’Azur, France


Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is blessed by being happily situated in a place that gets even winds all year round, which makes it the perfect location to try your hand at windsurfing. It also attracts some of the top names in international windsurfing, so you’ll be in good company. But don’t let that intimidate you if you’ve never had a go before, as there are plenty of schools where you can learn all the skills needed to glide gracefully over the waves with the best of them.


A veritable treasure trove, there are over a thousand islands along the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia just waiting to be explored, and what better way to do so than by boat. For the experienced sailors amongst you, you can charter your own vessel with which to set sail; otherwise there are numerous guided tours that will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the Adriatic Sea. Either way, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience of one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos.

Dalmatian Coast Beach Holiday Croatia

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Whichever water sports you decide to try out, there is nothing like returning to your own private villa at the end of a long day, for a relaxing dip in the pool and a barbecue with friends. Check out our destinations page for more inspiration for your perfect villa holiday on the beach with James Villas!


Alex is a Marketing Communications Manager at James Villa Holidays.

Known as the 'unique' one in the team, I have been with James Villas since November 2013...

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