TOP 3 MEDITERRANEAN HOT SPOTS · 1. MYKONOS, GREECE · 2. CYPRUS · 3. TEOS, TURKEY · 1. SARDINIA, ITALY · 2. RHODES, GREECE · 3. GOLF DE ROSES, SPAIN. Top Mediterranean Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing: See reviews and photos of Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in Mediterranean, Europe on Tripadvisor. There are loads of fantastic European windsurfing destinations just a short Sitting in the heart of the Mediterranean, the Italian island of Sardinia is.
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Windsurfing Mediterranean: Where are the best destinations?
Why go to the Caribbean for white sand and crystal clear waters when it’s right here in Europe? Not only is the Mediterranean home to some of the most beautiful places on the planet, it’s only a few hours flight from the UK. Plus, you can expect reliable winds, world-class facilities and ease of travel within the EU (for now, at least).
Here’s a closer look at some of the Med’s best windsurfing destinations.
Cyprus’ main windsurfing spot is Pissouri, a traditional Cypriot village where you’ll find a lively town square and friendly atmosphere. With strong winds and some protected waters it’s good for beginners. However, advanced windsurfers will really love the choppier, full force winds that create great jumping conditions.
The Mediterranean island of Corsica is stunningly beautiful but the south of the island is also home to reliable winds and windsurfing beaches.
Crete, Kos and Rhodes are the two main windsurfing islands in Greece. Marmari and Psalidi in Kos both offer a good range of accommodation and facilities, with plenty to do for non-windsurfers too. So they’re excellent for family breaks with a spot of windsurfing on the side. Kremasti and Prasonisi in Rhodes offer long sandy beaches and cross shore winds.
Sardinia is one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept windsurfing secrets. Check out Porto Pollo if you’re looking for a quiet beach with excellent sailing conditions.
The Algarve, as well as being a tourist hotspot and resort capital, is also a stunning nature reserve and world-class windsurfing destination. Base yourself in Lagos, a charming and lively fishing village, and check out the lagoons and reliable winds of Portugal’s south coast. It might be more Atlantic than pure Med but it’s close enough to count.
Most of Spain’s windsurfing destinations are located in the Canary Islands, found in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the African continent. But the mainland is still home to one of the best. One of the windiest places on the continent, Tarifa is found on a small peninsula on Spain’s southern coast. In peak season, it can get really busy but with winds blowing for most of the year, you can visit off peak to enjoy superb conditions.
Jutting out in the Aegean Sea, Alacati is Turkey’s main windsurfing hotspot. Flat turquoise waters and incessant winds keep this holiday resort among the favourite Med windsurf destinations. And, when it’s not blowing (really not that often), you can visit some of the region’s most historic sites at Troy, Ephesus and Assos.
For the most part in the Med, conditions are best in the summer months between June and late August. This is also peak season so some resorts can get busy but there’s usually plenty of room to go around. And with most places at three or fewer hours’ flight time, access to this corner of southern Europe is superb.
1 SARDINIA - ITALY
Best for families and couples
Reminiscent of the Caribbean, Sardinia features white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious hotels - and only two hours away from the UK! Four and five-star resorts with fantastic spa and restaurant facilities make this an ideal destination for travelling with the family or your partner. The conditions are ideal for beginners with a large flat water bay or more advanced windsurfers with chop and waves found further out. You can even teach the kids to windsurf here as the centre offers amazing instructors with specially designed windsurfing packages and rental for the little ones! With amazing wind stats from April to October, it’s the perfect summer holiday spot.
2 RHODES - GREECE
Best for a range of skill levels
The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is a popular holiday spot with sunseekers. With good flatwater sections, as well as small waves and swell, Rhodes is good destination for windsurfers of all skill levels and a number of luxury hotels can be found here. The windsurf centre is actually located over three spots so you have access to the best equipment and facilities for your skill level and where you decide to windsurf that day. There are lots of travel options to Rhodes and a windsurf holiday here can easily be combined with a tour of Athens or some of Greece’s other islands.
3 LEMNOS ISLAND - GREECE
Best for summer away from the crowds
Keros Bay is the destination you’ve been dreaming of, but never knew existed. Imagine uncrowded waters with reliable wind, a luxurious laid-back hotel not far away, with few other tourists to speak of, but all the facilities, cultural experiences and delicious dining options you could want. That is Lemnos! The hotel here offers villa style rooms with massage and outdoor yoga and a fantastic pool is coming for the season – a first for the area! As far as the windsurfing goes, there is superb flat water for freestyle and freeride maniacs, while some small easy waves provide a fun playground for intermediate riders.
4 GOLF DE ROSES - SPAIN
Best for that last-minute escape
The windiest spot on the Catalan coast, Golf de Roses, is a popular summer holiday spot and will be open this year from the 1st of April – a great destination for a last-minute Easter holiday break. Easily reached from the UK, Golf de Roses has quaint accommodation in restored farm style properties that offer great value for money for a spur of the moment escape with the family. With a spacious flat-water bay and consistent, steady winds that are light in the mornings, Golf de Roses is also a fantastic spot for foiling. Wing foiling is also available at the centre here if you want to give something new a go!
5 ALACATI - TURKEY
Best for windsurfing flat water
Alacati cannot be overlooked when it comes to booking your windsurfing holiday to the Mediterranean. With its excellent windsurfing conditions offering butter flat turquoise water and reliable wind, it’s no wonder it’s a firm favourite with both beginner and intermediate windsurfers. The centre also stocks foiling equipment for those looking to try a new skill. The combination of specially trained instructors, warm shallow water, light winds and an excellent range of children's equipment, also makes it the perfect place for youngsters to learn to windsurf. The beautiful and historic town with its coffee shops, open-air terraces, bars and boutiques is also just a brilliant place to relax and unwind! There are also a number of fantastic hotels within easy reach of the centre.
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1 NAXOS - GREEK ISLANDS
Best for lagoon / ‘combi’ conditions / multi sport
Naxos is a unique location with 2 sailing spots - an enclosed lagoon with shallow, flat water conditions suitable for slalom, freestyle, kids and lessons. The second, more advanced spot, has offshore swell and bump and jump. You can sail between both. The prevailing Meltemi wind blows from April to November, with peak months knots+ for 70%+ days. The centre offers kit for beginners to high spec rental, free bikes, SUP, snorkelling, catamaran sailing plus instruction camps. The beach bar restaurants offer a la carte, BBQs and sociable bar, a few minutes’ walk from your accommodation. Or head into the historical old town, just a short walk for historic sights, shopping and many dining options.
2 KARPATHOS - GREEK ISLANDS
Best for undiscovered / all levels / 3 bays
One of the most southerly of the Greek Islands, Karpathos is part of the Dodecanese, lying east of Crete and Rhodes. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, with beautiful deserted beaches, idyllic mountain villages and cosy tavernas with the main industries fishing and farming the olive groves. The Bay of Afriartis offers the perfect place to unwind except on the water. The 3 sailing spots – Gun Bay, Devils Bay and Chicken Bay offer a choice of wind strengths with flat water, speed track, increasing chop and wind waves depending on the location. The centre is sociable with options for mountain bikes tours and climbing.
3 KOS - GREEK ISLANDS
Best for families / nightlife / multi sport
The Meltemi wind blows all summer with light force winds in the morning, perfect for kids and beginners, with afternoons from force 4 to in July and August. Sportif offer 3 spots on Kos giving a choice of style of hotel, conditions and prices. Kefalos is located on a picturesque, sandy bay, Mamari on the north coast and Psalidi near Kos town. As well as windsurfing, there is sailing, kitesurfing, mountain bikes and SUP. The island is scattered with historical sites and beautiful beaches, easily explored by car. For nightlife head to Kos town with winding streets, lined with shops, bars, restaurants and clubs.
4 TARIFA – SPAIN
Best for advanced / high wind/combi conditions
At the southern tip of Spain, facing the Straits of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco, sits picturesque Tarifa, the ‘Capital City of Wind’. Valdevaqueros beach, on the western end of the wide 11 km sandy bay, has a sheltered spot for training and combi and advanced conditions, waves and bump and jump. Winds can reach force 8 on big days in July and August but you can also windsurf here from March to the end of November with less strong conditions. Nearby boutique hotels offer tennis, horse riding and yoga. The town is a collection of Moorish buildings and cobbled streets with many shops, restaurants and bars open late into the night, great for a short break.
5 ALACATI – TURKEY
Best for flat water/training/beginners
Alacati is ideal for all levels and ages wanting to improve their technique or enjoy the great slalom and freestyle conditions on an almost landlocked 10 km² bay. The season runs from April to October with the best wind from June to August with % days force 4+. Rent the latest NeilPryde and Fanatic boards and launch directly on the flat water, with shallow area for training. You can chill out in the bar restaurants with kids clubs at the centre plus volleyball, bike hire, yoga and stand up paddleboarding. Stay in local style boutique hotels, all-inclusive and luxury 5* beach hotels with local markets in old town Alacati and nearby historic sites and hot thermal pools. WINDSURF CLINIC Simon Winkley 30 June – 07 July
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PLANET WINDSURF HOLIDAYS
Vassiliki, on the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkas, Greece, is a world-renowned windsurfing spot with phenomenal conditions for windsurfers of all levels. It is easily accessible via short-haul flights from the UK to Prevesa and is a 1-hour transfer to the resort.
Vassiliki’s unique attraction is that it offers something for everyone in the same spot on a daily basis; there’s no need to move, the wind comes to you! This is essentially a thermal wind spot with fairly flat water, but there is great chop for bump, jump and stunts.
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