Whale watching in Europe

Whale watching can be an exciting adventure. It is popular among tourist no matter where you are on this planet. Off course it is possible to see killer whales in an aqua zoo. But nothing compares to the impact of a close encounter in real life at sea. Some of the best spots to watch whales are in Alaska and near California. But if you live in Europe there are some pretty good spots too.

Whale watching Azores

Whale watching Azores

The Azores are a Group of islands in the middle of the Atlantic. The belong to Portugal and if you are there it’s only natural to book a trip for whale watching. The best period for trips is between mai and october. There are 80 species of whales on earth. 21 of them can be spotted in the waters around the nine islands of the Azores. Some of them the whole year around.

The waters of the North Atlantic ocean around Iceland is very a pretty good spot to meet whales. Like the Azores 21 of the 80 species can be watched here. Whale watching in Iceland is a growing business, but not by far massive as in some other spots. At some points you can even see the whales from shore, but taking a boat tour will give you the best views.

Norway has a rich history when it comes to whales. Although Norway does not agree with the ban on whale hunting, watching whales is growing as a tourist attraction. The area around Lofoten is well known for whale trips, as is the sea near Andenes in north Norway.

The waters around Spain offer good opportunities to watch wildlife. Harbours like Tarifa of Cadiz in southern Spain are the most promising when going on whale watching. But the archipelago of the Canary Islands is also known for whale watching.

United Kingdom

Not the first country that springs to mind when you want to go whale watching. But the waters around the UK are promising in terms of seeing wildlife. Sometimes whales and dolfins come so close to land that one can spot them from land. Scotland, Wales and Cornwall give the best opportunities. For boat trips you want to go to Portsmouth of Plymouth.


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