Fishing is an interest enjoyed by young and old alike on the open seas, lakeside or on running rivers but for many enthusiasts this hobby can only be enjoyed for a few hours at a time, a day at the most. So, a week away sea fishing or lake angling whilst staying in one of the award-winning timeshare resorts in Europe can be a great way to mix both holiday and hobby.
Below we have selected our Top 5 European Fishing Destinations to give you a taster of the wonderful fishing experiences to be had and show the advantages of owning a timeshare nearby.
The Top 5 Prize Catches
In no particular order, here’s our top 5 European fishing destinations.
The UK is surrounded by Sea and Freshwater fishing and is home to the famed salmon fishing grounds of Scotland which are a big draw to these isles.
England plays host to many ports and harbours, notably Penzance in Cornwall and Poole on the South Coast of England which offer sea-trips to the English Channel. Summertime in the Channel brings Blue Sharks which can be hooked only 20 miles out to sea whilst the winter brings colder waters and sholes of Cod to the English coastline.
Carp and Catfish can be caught at the UK’s largest fishery, Monk Lakes in Kent, South-East England which also provides equipment for all levels of fisherman. The Lake District in North-East England provides a haven of Lake and River fishing for anglers where varieties of Brown Trout and Salmon can be hooked.
Heading North, Autumn and Winter in Scotland sees the return of large Cod and Whiting on the East Coast whilst to the North West Plaice and Pollock are to be found. The Scottish Coast presents the choice between North Sea and North Atlantic fishing and sea-excursions leave from all along the coastline.
Freshwater fishing in Scotland reveals The River Tay in Perthshire which is full of Atlantic Salmon in Mid-January and some can even be caught in Loch Tay further inland. The River Spey which runs through the Cairngorms National Park in Inverness-Shire is also home to Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout can be caught here too!
Awarded an RCI Silver Crown the Lakeview Country Club in North Cornwall has over four acres of coarse fishing lakes on-site! If that wasn’t enough, its location places guests a short drive from sea fishing at Padstow and Rick Stein’s world famous seafood restaurant. Other notable resorts include Lakeland Village and Burnside Park in the heart of the Lake District with many wonderful lake fishing opportunities within easy reach.
In Scotland, MacDonalds Spey Valley is situated just yards from the banks of the River Spey placing one of the world’s most famed fishing grounds right on your doorstep.
The Kenmore Club in Perthshire is located close to the River Tay which holds the envious record of serving up the worlds largest ever rod caught salmon whilst Kilconquhar Estate and Country Club on the edge of Fife gives easy access to North Sea fishing-excursions.
Madeira is fortunate to enjoy pleasant weather nearly all year round and the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean bring about various sharks and large sea life creatures.
Heading out from ports all over the island, namely Funchal, Deep-sea and Big-game trips aim to lure Blue Marlin and Hammerhead Sharks that can be caught between May and October. The experienced Captains on-board will ensure your trip is worthwhile, providing you with top equipment to fish with and sail into the liveliest fishing grounds out to sea. The warm weather also sees the return of Dorado and a selection of Tuna which put up a hardy battle on the open seas!
Sightseeing trips for Bottle Nosed Dolphins and Pilot Whales can be boarded from Funchal and Canical when visiting Madeira which add a special treat to your holiday!
The RCI Gold Crown Pestana Grand Hotel is renowned as one of the best in Funchal whilst the Porto Mare Residence also in Funchal provides a great holiday on this beautiful island. A stones throw from Funchal Harbour is the Royal Savoy Resort regarded as a Premier Resort by Interval International for its high-quality service and accommodation.
The gorgeous Costa Del Sol, aptly named for its 300 annual sunshine days, is home to some of the best fishing grounds in Europe stretching out along the South Coast of Spain.
The Strait of Gibraltar to the West of the Costa Del Sol is home to giant Atlantic Tuna, Swordfish and huge Marlin between May and October. Regular Big-game and Deep sea-excursions set sail across the Costa Del Sol, most notably from Puerto Banus and Benalmadena, to try and lure in the prize catches found in these waters. No need to bring your kit either as most excursions will include top quality equipment for you to experience fishing at its finest on the beautiful sunshine coast.
If you’re looking for a more family inclusive adventure, sightseeing trips set off from all around the Costa Del Sol too, trying to capture a glimpse of the Fin Whales and Striped Dolphins that come into feed on the Strait of Gibraltar during the summer months.
Heading inland, freshwater fishing can be found in the hillsides to the North of Marbella at Lake Istan. Featuring large Carp and Bass the site provides specialised rods, reels and on-site help to catch those desired freshwater foes.
Award-winning accommodation at the Marriotts Playa Andaluza and Marriotts Marbella Beach Resort is located either side of the luxurious Puerto Banus. Whilst top-quality timeshare is also provided at the RCI Gold Crown MacDonalds Dona Lola and Interval International Premier Resort Alanda Club Marbella across the Costa Del Sol.
The luxurious Algarve has been referred to as Portugal’s answer to St. Tropez, blessed with regular sunny weather and an abundance of sea life from the North Atlantic Ocean making it a fisherman’s dream destination!
Big Game and Deep Sea-excursions are readily available from the numerous harbours across the Algarve, most frequently from Vilamoura’s 1000-berth marina and Portimao. From May to October White Marlin, Swordfish and Bonito can be caught in these waters and expert advice and high-grade equipment from local Captains gives you the best chance of landing one.
Blue Whales and Common Dolphins can usually be spotted in the summer months from one of the many sightseeing trips leaving the ports all along the Algarve, making for a perfect photo opportunity.
The Lakes at Rasmahlo in Portimao have an assortment of lively Carp and Bass to keep fishermen entertained and the on-site kit shop means you can leave your tackle at home!
The Four Seasons Vilamoura is the proud holder of an RCI Gold Crown and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, regarded as a premier resort it is located a few minutes drive from Vilamoura’s Marina. Also close by to the Marina is another Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas providing high-standard accommodation to all. Whilst nearby to Portimao, to the West of Vilamoura is the renowned Pestana Palm Gardens which holds both an RCI Gold Crown and Certificate of Excellence 2014.
Located just off the Western Sahara, the Canary Islands are gifted with warm weather for the majority of the year bringing wildlife, namely the Blue Fin Tuna and Barracuda that hunt around the surrounding waters.
Numerous ports are located across Gran Canaria, most notably Las Palmas and Puerto Rico where you can find Deep-Sea excursions heading out to catch Bull and Mako Sharks, mainly between May and October. Experienced local seafarers are on hand to help pull in the beasts that roam these seas and provide tough kit to help land the Marlin and Tuna that also wait out to sea.
Acrobatic Spotted Dolphins and majestic Long Finned Pilot Whale Pods can also be spotted when taking a cruise out from the many ports and harbours that line the Gran Canaria coastline.
The island has a surprising 63 lakes and Reservoirs for Carp Fishing and the majority of these will provide top-quality equipment to make your day complete.
Club Gran Anfi is the jewel in the crown of the renowned Anfi Group and lies between Puerto Rico and Arguineguin to the South of Gran Canaria. Whilst the BlueBay Beach Club further East in San Agustin provides stunning views out to sea and is a short drive from the livelier Maspalomas.