The perfect kiteboarding destination for beginners in Europe during summertime can be hard to find, as the sport grows, so does the number of must-visit locations all over the world. That’s why AH team has put together a list of 5 top places to learn kitesurfing. These spots all offer regular winds, silky smooth water, and plenty to do and see even when you’re not riding. So read on and get ready to plan your next trip.
# 5: Kos, Greece
Kos is a great spot to practice windsurfing or kitesurfing due to the great “Meltem” winds . It is also a great spot thanks to its sandy beaches with blue waters to enjoy during your summer holidays
The windy season lasts from April until October and so longer than you might think. Even at the beginning of April and the end of October you will find good windy conditions and nice warm weather.
On top of all the good news, you will find cheap flights to Kos departing several days per week with Ryan Air or the bigger tour operators. The transfer from the airport is only a short 15 minute drive away from your accommodation.
Best season to go there for kiteboarding: from June to September The +: safe spot with its sandy beaches with blue waters
# 4: Sardinia, Italy
With a 2000 kilometers coastline, Sardinia is one of the windier regions of Italy and a true mecca for kitesurfing enthusiasts, both beginner and advanced . As Sardinia has four main winds depending on the time of year, the best kitesurfing beaches are in the south of the Island, in Cagliari, Porto Pino or Porto Pollo.
We would recommend the beach of Porto Pino that is one of the most beautiful beach of Sardinia, with a stunning white sandy beach with a turquoise sea and high white dunes. Either if you want to book a kite camp or kiteboarding beginner courses , you have many choices!
Best season to go there for kitesurfing: from June to September The +: amazing landscapes – very good typical Italian food – white sandy beach
# 3: Pounda – Paros, Greece
Located on the Western shore of Paros Island (Cyclades) , the spot of Pounda is one of the most famous kiteboarding spots in Greece. And it is no without reason: its position in front the twin small island Anti-Paros creates a venturi effect between the two islands, and still leaves about one mile to take long kitesurfing rides.
The spot is well equipped in terms of infrastructures, as there are 2 kite centers where you’ll be able to take Kiteboarding Lessons in Paros . Just an advice, think to book it in advance for July and August as it’s the high season and it’s often fully booked!
Beside kitesurfing, Paros Island is gorgeous , authentic and provides lots of other activities. But we truly advice you to ride in Paros and to stay in the charming little island of Antiparos, because there are many nice small restaurants, cool bars and the small village is still very typical and beautiful.
Best season to go there for kitesurfing: from June to September The +: huge kitesurfing area – infrastructures – steady and consistent wind
# 2: Fuerteventura, Spain
Off the coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean, Fuerteventura is the second biggest island in Canary Islands. Fuerteventura has long been regarded as one of the most wind reliable year around kitesurf holiday locations within a short flight of Paris and London.
Fuerteventura is divided into 2 main areas: North and South of the island.
1) The region of Corralejo, in the North , is the most developed part of the island, and mostly famous for waves.
2) The region of Sotavento in the South (around Costa Calma) is a very arid area, and yet gathers the flat and windiest spots .
Fuerteventura offers a variety of conditioned depending on the time of year and location; from super flat shallow lagoons to full on wave sailing spots.
Best season to go there for kitesurfing : from May to September
The +: content wind – super flat lagoon for beginners
# 1: Tarifa, Spain
Tarifa is one of the world’s meccas for kiteboarders , for all kitesurfers . Surfer lifestyle, endless party nights in the old town, tapas bars and (adopted) country of many pros – for a reason. Here the wind blows almost non-stop due to the straits of Gibraltar.
The Strait of Gibraltar forms the perfect wind tunnel between the European and African continents – perfect for the wind-powered water sport enthusiasts who flock there year round.
What’s happening if there isn’t any wind? Wakeboarding, surfing, SUP or longboarding … There are many options in Tarifa! with over 40 activities to try. Plus there’s great food, wine, friendly locals and a lovely family atmosphere!
Best season to go there for kitesurfing : from April to September
The +: 2-mile long beach leading into a nice and safe bay (nice playground to learn and train)