The best kite spots in Italy can be found on its two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily.
Sardinia presents ideal conditions for a kite trip in spring and summer. The island is simply beautiful, with an arid and mountainous nature and white sand beaches preserved from touristic buildings.
The natural setting, the strong winds (mistral and sirocco) and turquoise water make Sardinia a little kitesurfing paradise.
There are two options for kiting in Sardinia: the South, which has quite a few spots around Cagliari (including some wavy spots), and the North which, due to its proximity to Sardinia, receives a wind from the west stronger than elsewhere during the summer (in Porto Pollo in particular).
Sicily is an ideal destination for spring and summer: easily accessible, affordable in terms of price, offers good conditions for kiting and allows you to mix sightseeing and riding.
It is a very beautiful island, very rich from a cultural and gastronomic point of view and with absolutely wonderful landscapes. The island is large, but the main kite area is to the west, on the Marsala side.
The wind blows there very regularly from April to September, with strong wind (30 knots) in July / August.
You can either stay on the west side to fully enjoy kitesurfing while visiting the agricultural region of this part of the island. Or you can choose to mix a week of kiting in Marsala and a week of visiting the north of the island for instance (Marsala / Palermo / Cefalu / Taormina ...).
Best season (for kitesurfing): from June to August.
After a rather complicated trip that often combines plane then ferry (unless you get there early, and are lucky enough to have connections by plane), Greece has dozens of small charming islands bordering the Mediterranean sea, and as many spots with remarkable conditions in summer.
There are several groups of islands, but the best known for kiteboarding are the Cyclades - especially the Paros/Pounta spot and Naxos with Mikri Vigla spot) - and the Dodecanese islands (see the Prasonisi spot) in Rhodes).
You will find a strong and consistent wind (the meltem) there from May to September, but avoid July and August as much as possible if you have the choice because in high season prices are much higher and the beaches are crowded. However lots of kiters are riding, and as a family you don't always have the choice.
The classic quiver is 7/9/12 but like everywhere, it's better to check the forecast before travelling. One rides in swimsuits + boardshorts and optionally a top for the most cautious (especially when the wind is strong).
Greece is a beautiful destination with a rich cultural heritage: it will please your eyes as much as your kites! It is an ideal destination for families to mix kitesurfing sessions, walks, culture and relaxation! In any case, we recommend that you rent a car or scooters, which will allow you to get around and be independent. You can combine between several islands if you go for a longer time (via ferry connections) and also spend a few days in Athens if you feel like it.
When it comes to windsurfing and kitesurfing, most people think of sea, sand and maybe a few palm trees. But such exotic locations are by no means the only places to offer excellent conditions for these thrilling watersports.
Austria offers many lakes (mostly mountain lakes) where strong winds blow a good part of the year.
Less than an hour outside of Vienna, you'll find the Lake Neusiedl which offers several spots including Podersdorf, Breitenbrunn and Jois.
More to the West, in the state of Tyrol, you'll get to experience the full force of the Föhn wind or the "Boarischen" blowing from Bavaria to the north over Lake Achensee. The latter is a thermal wind which occurs in fine weather between the Karwendel Mountains and the Rofan Mountains. Lake Achensee, the largest lake in Tirol, is the ideal place to make the most of these conditions. There are several windsurfing and kitesurfing schools along the shoreline where friendly instructors will be happy to show beginners the basics and help experienced surfers perfect their technique.
Tirol is also home to a number of other lakes with good kitesurfing/windsurfing conditions in the summer months. The Durlaßbodenspeicher in Gerlos at 1400 metres above sea level has the highest surf school in Austria, while the Reschensee lake just over the Italian border draws kitesurfers from around Europe. Those who want to try wakeboarding – the closest thing to snowboarding on water – can do so at the Area 47 outdoor adventure park at the start of the Ötztal Valley.
Between April and October, Germany’s beaches and islands draw watersports enthusiasts to the coast. Kitesurfing has experienced quite a boom in recent years, and more and more centres offer courses for both novices and experienced kiters. Varying conditions along the coastline ensure that everyone gets their money’s worth, whether you’re zipping across the flat water or are keen to take on the waves to practise your jumps.
The best spots are located in the North Sea and in the Baltic Sea, on both sides of Germany's Northern coast close to Denmark.
St. Peter-Ording, Fehmarn, Nordreich, the Lubeck Bay, Rügen and Norderney are among the best spots you can find.
Montenegro has an area which can be compared to one and a half times the area of Greater London and is thus one of the smallest countries in Europe. Considering its size, the variety this small country offers is even more impressive. It combines kilometres of beaches, hidden bays, lively ports, picturesque mountain villages and a wild beauty in the interior mountain regions which is waiting for being discovered. Also for those who want to explore the lively nightlife in numerous discotheques, Ulcinj is the right place. So it is not surprising that Montenegro has been chosen regularly as one of the top tourist destinations of the world as recently by the New York Times, where it was rated as one of “The Top 31 Places-to-go Worldwide” and it ranked second in “Best in Travel 2013” in the Lonely Planet assessment.
Montenegro's main kitesurfing spot is a sandy beach called Velika Plaza (Long Beach), which spreads over a distance of 14 km. Reliable thermal wind systems guarantee optimal kitesurfing conditions from May till September. Especially beginners and newcomers find perfect conditions for fast learning progress by being provided with a wide standing area of a sandy quality (without dangerous riffs or rocks), shallow water and constant side-onshore-winds. However, also advanced kiteboarders will love this spot with its moderate temperatures (board shorts are sufficient for kitesurfing during the summer) and a lot of free space to practise new moves.
Spain offers a wide range of destinations for amazing kitesurfing trips: the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and continental Spain. The two most popular hotspots for kitesurfing in Spain are, without a doubt, Tarifa (continental Spain) and Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).
In continental Spain, there are 2 main hotspots for kiting: Tarifa (Los Lances, Las Dunas, Valdevaqueros, Hurricane) in the extreme south of the country, and Rosas (the Rosas and the Pals spot), 30kms from the French border, overlooking the Mediterranean.
The Tarifa region is one of the most famous and well-known in Europe, due to the strength and statistics of the wind, the diversity of the spots and the kite industry that has developed there (many pro kiters are living there).
There are 2 types of winds in Tarifa:
- the "poniente": south-westerly wind, it is usually very regular and generally blows from spring to autumn. It never exceeds 5 beauforts. It’s an ideal wind to learn and progress.
- the "levante": summer wind oriented North-East to East, gustier than the poniente, and generally stronger (4 to 9 bft).
Don't hesitate to check the wind conditions every day to adapt and change spots if necessary. You will find all types of water conditions, depending on the spots, the direction of the wind and the weather.
With more than 650km of stunning Mediterranean coastline, Cypriot kitesurfing holidays offer excellent wind and water conditions year round. In fact, the best Cyprus kite spots can rival the top destinations in Europe.
There are kite beaches dotted all around the island. In the winter low season, you can kite wherever conditions are best. However, in the high summer season you’ll need to head to one of the designated kitesurfing spots. Don’t worry though, there are plenty to choose from you can even kitesurf near the holiday resort of Ayia Napa.
Winds are generally stronger in the summer months, with peak season being from May to October, usually coming from the southwest. In December and January winds come from the east, varying between 17 and 23 knots, opening up more kiting spots on the eastern side of the island and bringing some waves with it.Although wind and weather conditions are generally better in the summer, some kitesurfers prefer to visit in the winter months. Purely because there is a bigger choice of beaches and fewer tourists on the island and in the water. It also depends on the specific kite spot as different locations are better at different times of year.Whenever you visit Cyprus, the island is welcoming, people friendly and the food is very good! Plus of course, the best Cyprus kite spots are as good as anywhere in Europe. So why not combine a week in the sun with some kitesurfing fun?
There are 3 main spots to kitesurf in Poland: The Hel Peninsula, the Bay of Puck and the Baltic coast in West Pomerania. Water is pretty cold even during summer months, be careful to wear a wetsuit.
Poland’s best-loved kitesurfing spot is the Hel Peninsula. It offers kitesurfers favourable water and wind conditions for 220 days in a year, from May till September. You can go nearly any direction here at wind speeds around 30 mph here.
The Bay of Puck is a good kitesurfing location - a huge lagoon with relatively flat and shallow water and sandy bottom. The wind conditions are varied and changeable. In Rewa and Leba you will find varied wind directions and a number of shallows, which makes learning the sport easier. An additional benefit is a large number of kitesurfing schools in the area.
The Baltic coast offers a number of good kitesurfing locations in West Pomerania. An extremely popular spot is the Wolin Island with shallow water reaching as far 300 metres from the shore. The winds here are steady and mostly westerly and southwesterly, with no squall if they are coming from the west. The spot is loved by newbies and experts alike. Other recommended places in the west of the Polish coast include Dziwnow, Miedzywodzie, Miedzyzdroje and Swinoujscie.
Croatia is an affordable and easy-to-access summer kite destination.
There are a lot of good windy spots that will allow intermediates and confirmed to progress. There are two main regions for kiting: Istria in the north and the entire coast between Split and Dubrovnik in the south of the country (especially the spots of Bol and Viganj).
It isnn't necessarily the best destination for beginners as launching and entering the water isn't always convenient. Indeed, the beaches are quite narrow and the coast is rocky.
On the other hand, the landscapes are magnificent and the cities of the coast are very nice to visit (in particular Split and Dubrovnik).
Best season (for kiting): from May to September (be careful, a lot of people in July / August).
Overall, Turkey is a sunny kitesurfing destination with lots of resorts and super accessible from all around Europe. So it's quite handy when you're short on time, or when you have to find a compromise for the whole family.
Turkey is a magical, dynamic country with a welcoming oriental culture that will change your scenery if you take the time to get off the beaten tracks. Istanbul in particular is well worth a few days of sightseeing.
As for the kite, the spots are located on the west coast, which overlooks the Aegean Sea and all the Greek islands (there are in particular the spots of Gökova and Alaçati). It offers a warm Mediterranean sea, a mild climate, lighter winds (around 15 knots) than in Greece and often spots perfectly suited to learning to kite.
Best season (for kiting): from May to September.
Portugal offers rather hot temperatures throughout the year, with an oceanic climate with Mediterranean influences. But it does not benefit from the Gulfstream: the water is cold! Its temperature rarely exceeds 15 ° in summer. In addition, it can drop below 13 ° in winter: wetsuit is strongly advised, even in summer (you will be cold in shorties!).
On the other hand, Portugal offers a thermal wind from June to September (very reliable), called the "Nortada". This northerly wind starts gently at the beginning of the afternoon and often increases until the end of the day where it's literally blasting. As soon as the Azores high is west of Portugal, the thermal is there and can hold out until early autumn.
Be careful, the wind is blowing hard there, and this regularly! Therefore, it is better to bring small kites with you to kitesurf in Portugal. With the sun going down late, you can ride into the middle of the evening.
For wave riders, the best season for waves is September through November. The main direction of the swell is northwest. But whether you are in the Lisbon region or the Porto region, you will enjoy excellent conditions, on a wide variety of spots.
The south of Portugal, around Lagos, also offers some interesting spots, with flat water bodies.
France offers several very nice kitesurfing regions.
In the North, you'll find some of the windiest spots, especially in the Pas-de-Calais region, with Wissant, one of the most famous spots in France.
Other really good kitesurfing regions include Bretagne (with the spots from Glénans and Larmor Plage), the region around Bordeaux (with Arcachon), Southwestern France (with Leucate, Grau-du-Roi) and Southeastern France (Beauduc, Hyères, Bonifacio, lac de Serre-Ponçon).
Whatever month of the year you're looking to practice kitesurfing, you'll find a windy spot, although it might get freezy during winter.