Where to Kitesurf in Sardinia: the Best Sardinia Kite Beaches

Kitesurfing Punta Trettu, Sardinia. Punta Trettu is one of the Beast Spot to Kitesurf Sardinia

If you are planning to spend your holidays in Sardinia, do not underestimate the idea to attend a course of kitesurfing: a healthy sport, in a direct contact with the sea, nature and … terribly adrenaline! On thhis page you could understand where to Kitesurf in Sardinia and where to Learn to Kitesurfin Sardinia. In short, where to enjoy Kitesurf Sardinia.

Spots to Kitesurf in Sardinia

Now the questions are: Where to Kitesurf in Sardinia? In which kitesurf Sardinia spots where I can learn to Kitesurf?

Sardinia, as well as being a beautiful country, rich in natural, cultural, culinary traditions and landscapes, has 1,897 km of coastline and is one of the windiest regions in Europe. Because of its location, in the center of the western Mediterranean, Sardinia is a very wind island where the most frequent winds are Mistral (NW) and Scirocco (SE). it is rich in great beaches, of which many are  away from the bustle of the crowds of swimmers. With this conditions, Sardinia can be considered a paradise for kitesurfing: Kitesurf Sardinia, one word!

In Sardinia, you can therefore find many places that have the ideal characteristics for kiteboarding.

The south of Sardinia is probably one of the windiest coast of the Mediterranean and therefore rich in many Kite Spots: Poetto of Cagliari, Petrol Beach in Capoterra near Cagliari, Quartu Sant’Elena, Chia, Villasimius, Santa Margherita di Pula, Funtanamare, Porto Botte, Punta Trettu.

Magdalena Abert Kitesurfing Funtanamare, Sardinia, 2014
Kitesurfing Funtanamare, Sardinia

The main beach of Cagliari, Poetto, is perhaps the best known by tourists. It is between the Sella del Diavolo (Devil’s Saddle) and Quartu Sant’Elena. Besides being famous for its nightlife, it is also a great spot for kitesurfing: there is a lot of space, since Poetto is long approximately 10 km where Mistral, Scirocco and Levante blow almost every day. The beach is sandy and is easily accessible both by car and by public transport. At Poetto beach every year take place some kite events, as the Kite Foil World Championships 2017. To understand in which weather conditions and which kite lessons and courses are proposed in this Kite Spot of Sardinia, you can have a look at the Sardinia Kitesurfing Lessons page.

La Maddalena Spiaggia better knows as Petrol Beach in Capoterra, blown in the summer months by Scirocco, Ostro and Thermic winds. On the hot days of summer it is an ideal spot for kite surfing, even for beginners. To understand in which weather conditions and which kite lessons and courses are proposed in this Kite Spot of Sardinia, you can have a look at the Sardinia Kitesurfing Lessons page.

Another beach for kitesurfing, always in the south-west of Sardinia, is certainly the beach of Chia: white beach and crystal clear waters exposed to the Mistral and the south winds. Chia is a Kite spot for expert and for this reason kite lessons and courses are proposed just in some cases.

Also the bay of Porto Botte is another ideal place for kitesurfing, suitable both for beginners and experts. It is a long bay about 2 km where there are 3 sensational kite spots: Il Fortino, Porto Botte, Is Solinas.

Among others, Punta Trettu, considered one of the best Kite spots in Sardinia. In fact, with shallow and flat water, Punta Trettu is a perfect Kite Beach especially for beginners: they can stand up and walk in case of need. A Kite Paradise! To understand in which weather conditions and which kite lessons and courses are proposed in this Kite Spot of Sardinia, you can have a look at the Sardinia Kitesurfing Lessons page.

Kitesurf Sardinia: Which is the best Spot to kitesurf in Sardinia?

Kitesurfing Punta Trettu, Sardinia. Punta Trettu is one of the Beast Spot to Kitesurf Sardinia
Kitesurfing Punta Trettu, Sardinia

As seen above, in Sardinia there are many spots for kitesurfing. Many people will wonder: but which is the best spot for kite surfing in Sardinia, the most beautiful, the one where the wind always blows?

Well, there is not!

In Sardinia the wind direction changes very often. It may be that Mistral wind (north west, the best with Mistral are spots Porto Botte and Punta Trettu) or Scirocco (south east, the best spots with Sirocco are Poetto, Petrol Beach, Chia, Punta Trettu) for a whole week. Or it may be that the Mistral blows for a day, the day after will blow the thermic wind and then scirocco, Grecale or Libeccio (the best place with Libeccio are Geremeas and Villasimius).

As example of what has been said above, you can have look at the following image: it shows the weather / wind forecast for the days of 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 January 2018. As you can see, in those forecasts the wind changes direction and intensity every day.

Example of Wind Forecast in Sardinia: the wind Change direction and Intensity every day
Example of Wind Forecast in Sardinia

So what to do? The suggestion is to contact a school as KiteGeneration, based in Cagliari and Punta Trettu that every day follow the wind in different Kite Spots.

In all cases, it is strongly recommended to have a car to move in the different spots when wind changes direction. However, eye that, if you are not an expert on weather conditions of Sardinia, find the wind often can not be so simple.

Kitesurf in Sardinia: join a Kite School

If you’re thinking about starting to practice kitesurfing, it is advisable to join a Kiteschool.

In fact, when we start to learn a new sport, which also has a discrete component of risk as the kitesurf, it is really reccommended to rely on experienced teachers and avoid DIY.

Moreover, even if you are already familiar with this great sport, it is important to know the right kitespots to practice it.

For all these reasons, KiteGeneration, kite school founded by people that have turned their passion into a profession, is the ideal group for learning kitesurf in Sardinia: a well-organized kiteschool, ideal even for children, with highly experienced and professional instructors. KiteGeneration’s Instructors will drive you step by step in learning this exciting and fun sport. All in breathtaking beaches and landscape of Sardinia. Don’t miss it, Enjoy Kitesurf Sardinia!

Kite Lessons in Sardinia

Sardinia Kitesurfing Season: the best months for kitesurfing in Sardinia

Sardinia Kitesurfing Seasona Kitesurfing Sardinia in October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March

It is time to plan your kitesurfing holidays? Are you wondering which is the best Kitesurfing Season in Sardinia? If you are looking for a long week or even months of strong winds, Sardinia, and in particular the south of the island, can offer among the best spots for kitesurfing in Europe. On this page you could understand which is the Sardinia Kitesurfing Season, which are the winds of Sardinia, which are the best Kite Spots of Sardinia and where to have Kite Lessons in Sardinia.

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Kitesurf in Sardinia

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The coast of Sardinia (approximately 1900 kilometers) has a lot of beaches perfect for kitesurfing: great kite spots with great winds. 

Sardinia can be divided in the four (4) zones: North coast, East coast, South coast, West coast.

With reference to the weather conditions for kitesurfing, we can say that the east coast of Sardinia is the less windy (for this reason it is also the greenest). The west coast, apart the zone of Oristano (and the famous spot of Capu Mannu, anyway not for beginners) has a morphology (many cliffs on the sea) that does not make it perfect for kitesurfing.

For the above reasons, the two best kitesurfing zones of Sardinia are the South and North of the island.

The main differences between the Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots of South and of North are mainly related to the quality of the wind, the air and sea temperatures, and the number of kite spots.

Best Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots: Review of the best Kite Spot of Sardinia
Best Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots

Best Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots

No long ago. Kitesurf in Sardinia was associate with Porto Pollo, famous for the glorious past.

In the recent past instead, Souther Sardinia has had an exponential growth as a destination chosen by people who like to practice and to learn to kitesurf. The reasons for this choice are:

  • the high number and diversity of southern Sardinia kite spots, beaches and landscapes;
  • high percentage of windy days;
  • good travel connections from the most of Europe’s capital and the airport and the harbor of Cagliari.

In addition, the kite spots of Southern Sardinia are more variables and less crowded than the kite spots of the Northern Sardinia. Considering all the kite spots between the south east, the south and and the south west of the island, the probability of finding wind every day is really high.

Cagliari with its Poetto Beach and Giorgino Kite Beach, Petrol Beach in Capoterra, Villasimius, Chia, Pula, Funtanamare, Porto Botte, Punta Trettu are ones between the the best known kite spots of Sardinia.

To get detailed information on each kite spot, go to the related page.

 

Kitesurfing Punta Trettu, Sardinia. Punta Trettu is one of the Beast Spot to Kitesurf Sardinia
Kitesurf Sardinia, Punta Trettu Kite Spot

 

Winds of Sardinia

The most frequent winds in Sardinia

In North of Sardinia, the most frequent winds are Mistral (NW), Tramontana (N) and Grecale (NE). In the North, those wind are usually gusty because the nearby Corsica.

In South of Sardinia, the most frequent winds are Mistral (NW), Sirocco (SE) and, in some kite spots, the thermal wind. In the South, those winds are usually steady.

With regard to the thermal wind, this wind  born from the difference in temperature between the masses of air above the sea and those above the earth. From April to September, in the hottest and clearest days, the warm air above the earth is moving up and and the vacuum generated by this movement is filled by the the cold air above the sea. This air movement is called Thermal wind. In some beaches (e.g. Poetto Beach of Cagliari, Petrol Beach, Giorgino), this thermal wind, in some conditions, can blow even more than 20 knots.

Wind statistics in Sardinia: kitesurfing in Sardinia throughout the year

Now that we have understood the most frequent winds in Sardinia, we will have a look at the wind statistics of Sardinia.

In any case, we need to underline that:

  • In Sardinia the wind is changing often in direction so the kite spot for kitesurfing could change even everyday:
  • wind statistics have been radically upset by the sudden changes in climate, not making very predictable a prediction that is only mathematical. For this reason, the experience of local is really important to make great satistics and to find the proper wind in the proper kite spot everyday.

Wind Statistics in the North of Sardinia

In the north of Sardinia, the most famous kite spot is certainly Porto Pollo.

Its strong winds from North West (intensified by a Venturi effect created in the mouths of Bonifacio) have made Porto, since the ’80s, a paradise for windsurfers. Now Porto Pollo has became even a beach for kitesurfing.

The percentage of days with wind stronger than 4 bft (11-16 knots) is more than 60% in July and September, the months, statistically, more favorable.

All the north coast of Sardinia has kite spots (e.g. Porto Pollo, Badesi, San Teodoro) with excellent wind statistics from April to October.

Wind Statistics in the South of Sardinia

In the south of Sardinia, there are several famous kite spots e.g. Funtanamare, Punta Trettu, Porto Botte, Chia, Cagliari, Villasimius.

Punta Trettu and Porto Botte have similar wind statistics. Even thanks to the thermal winds, those kite spots have excellent wind statistics throughout the year, with peaks 90% of month windy days more than 4 bft. This is the reason why, Porto Botte and especially Punta Trettu are always in the first positions of the chosen destinations for kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing Lessons Sardinia
Kitesurfing Lessons Sardinia

Going to the south of the Island, there is the Kite Spot of Chia, a heavenly location where kitesurfing is practiced in every season, with optimal conditions in autumn and winter with the winds blowing from East. in Chia, statistics say 50% of windy days above 4 bft / 11-16 knots, all over the year.

The area of Cagliari, from Poetto Beach to Giorgino and Petrol Beach, offers for sure perfect conditions for teaching and practicing kitesurfing: perfect winds and beaches allow you to kitesurf safety. The beast winds in the area of Cagliari are Scirocco (SE), Levante (E) and the Thermal Wind. in the area of Cagliari, statistics say 80% of windy days above 4 bft / 11-16 knots, all over the year.

Going further to the south-east of Sardinia, there are the kite spots of Villasimius, where the best winds is the Grecale (NE), blowing especially during the autumn season. In Villasimius, the percentage of days good for kitesurfing is approximately 40%.

Air and Sea Temperatures in Sardinia

The air temperatures in the North Sardinia could be even several degrees lower than the temperature in the South Sardinia, in all seasons.

Even the water temperatures are higher in the South Sardinia than the North. Temperatures of the sea in Sardinia are approximately 23-25°C during the Summer, between 21 and 15 °C during the Winter.

Here under you can find a comparative table with the average of temperatures in Souther Sardinia.

Month of year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Air temperature(°C) 12 13 17 18 21 26 29 29 26 22 18 15
Sea Temperature(°C) 16 15 17 18 19 21 23 25 23 21 19

Sardinia Kitesurfing Season: which are the best months for Kitesurfing Sardinia

In addition to the above, we can add something more to understand the Kitesurf Season Sardinia.

We can say that in Sardinia the mildest period with the highest percentage of sunny days, goes from March to October. November and December are months still good from the climate point of view, but the percentages of windy days are lower than in the other months.
January and February are months with pretty good percentage of windy days  but the temperatures are lower than in the other months and the percentage of rainy days are a bit higher.

The percentages of Windy and Sunny days in Sardinia, can be summarized in the following graph and table:

Sardinia Kitesurfing Season % of Windy Days (> 11 knots) in Southern Sardinia % of Sunny Days in Southern Sardinia
January 60 65
February 60 65
March 70 75
April 70 80
May 80 85
June 85 90
July 90 95
August 90 95
September 70 85
October 70 85
November 50 80
December 50 80
Weather and Wind Conditions in Sardinia: Percentage of Windy and Sunny Days in South Sardinia
Weather and Wind Conditions in Sardinia

By combining the experience with the above data (percentages of windy days, percentages of sunny days, temperatures), we can draw the following conclusions on Kitesurfing in Sardinia for each month of the year:

  • Kitesurfing Sardinia January and February: January and February can be or no (it depend on the day) a good months for Kitesurfing Sardinia: percentage of very strong days are quite high but temperatures and sunny days are the lower in respect of the other months; beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in all the kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is needed.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia March: March is a good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in almost all kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia April: April is a good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in almost all kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia May: May is a very good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (very high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); sometimes beaches are quite crowded and for this reason kitesurfing it is not always possible in all the kite spots; use of a shorty wet-suit is always recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia June: June is a very good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (very high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); because the beaches are very crowded, kitesurfing is only possible in some kite spots with dedicated kite zones / areas; use of a shorty wet-suit is always recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia July: July is a very good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (very high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); because the beaches are very crowded, kitesurfing is only possible in some kite spots with dedicated kite zones / areas; use of a shorty wet-suit is always recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia August: August is a very good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (very high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); because the beaches are very crowded, kitesurfing is only possible in some kite spots with dedicated kite zones / areas; use of a shorty wet-suit is always recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia September: September is a good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (quite high percentage of windy days and very warm temperatures); sometimes beaches are quite crowded and for this reason kitesurfing it is not always possible in all the kite spots; use of at least a shorty wet-suit is always recommended.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia October: October is a pretty good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (quite high percentage of windy days and warm temperatures); beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in almost all kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is recommended.
  •  Kitesurfing Sardinia November: November is a pretty good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (quite satisfactory percentage percentage of windy days and of temperatures); beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in all kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is needed.
  • Kitesurfing Sardinia December: December is a pretty good month for kitesurfing in Sardinia (quite satisfactory percentage percentage of windy days and of temperatures); beaches are not crowded and so kitesurfing is allowed in all kite spots; use of a long wet-suit is needed.

Which is the Top one of the Best Sardinia Kitesurfing Spot?

In Sardinia the wind direction could change even everyday. Mistral (NW), Scirocco (SE), Libeccio (SW), Levante (E),  Thermal Wind, etc, can blow from a day to another one.

As example of what has been said above, you can have look at the following image. It shows the wind forecast for the days of 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 January 2018: those forecasts show winds that change direction and intensity every day.

Example of Wind Forecast in Sardinia: the wind Change direction and Intensity every day
Example of Wind Forecast in Sardinia
Example of Wind Forecast in Sardinia

So what to do? The suggestion is to contact a Kite School e.g. KiteGeneration, that change the kite spot even daily depending on blowing wind. In any cases, it is strongly recommended to have a car to move to the different kite spots.

Kite Lessons in Sardinia

Would you like Learn to Kitesurf in Sardinia? Take Kitesurfing Lessons from KiteGeneration, Kite School in Sardinia.

This professional kite school, has qualified and experienced Instructors., follows the professional methodology of IKO, FIV and VDWS for teaching kitesurf, and uses Radio helmets for a perfect communication Student-Instructor.

KiteGeneration proposes different kite services i.e. :

Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots: Kitesurfing Petrol Beach, kite spot close to Cagliari perfect with the thermal wind
Sardinia Kitesurfing Spots: Kitesurfing Lessons in Sardinia, Petrol Beach Kite Spot

To guarantee the safety and to have the best conditions for Kite Lessons / Courses, KiteGeneration Kite School could move daily to different South Sardinia kitesurfing spots. In fact, the availability of wind always in the same kite spot cannot be guarantee. Instead, it can be almost always reached a windy kite spot with onshore wind and perfect conditions for kitesurfing. Depending on the blowing wind, Kite spots where the Kite Lessons / Courses take place could be:

You can find more information on Kitesurfing Lessons by KiteGeneration on this page.

 

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Kitesurfing in Cagliari, Giorgino Kite Beach

Kitesurfing at Giorgino Kite Beach Cagliari
Kitesurf at Giorgino Kite Beach Cagliari Sardinia
Kitesurf at Giorgino Kite Beach Cagliari Sardinia

The Cagliari Kite Beach of Giorgino is the first and, at the moment, the only kite area in the district of Cagliari, in Sardinia, where is possible to Kitesurf during the summer season. The Kite Area of Giorgino has been created and is managed, during the summer season, by KiteGeneration Kiteschool.

Giorgino is a free Kite Beach open to all Kitesurfers: No fees are required. The only obligations for kiters that like to kitesurf at Giorgino kite beach are:

  1. All Kiters must have an insurance specific for kitesurfing. If you are a Kiteboarding FIV affiliated, if you have a VDWS card for Kiteboarding or if you have any other card suitable for kitesurfing with insurance, that is fine. If you do not have a kite card with the above requirements, you need to do it. If you wish, you can subscribe to our Kiteschool and Sport Association with a fee of 25 euro: the fee will includes a Kite card with insurance (you can find the insurance coverage at this page) that can be used all over the world.
  2. The kiters that like to kitesurf at Giorgino Kite Beach must use the launch lane, both to get away from and to return to the beach. Once you will be at of the beach bu using the kite lane, you will have all the sea available for kitesurfing. In case the return to the beach can not be done by using the lane, because physical or technical problems or because no winds, to return to the beach must be done by using the body drag.
  3. Kiters not yet independents (ie: kiters that do not have good kite control, still unable to relaunch the kite from the water, that do not have a good body drag level, that do not know all the safety rules) must take kitesurf lessons until a proper kite level will be reached. Safety First of all!
  4. Kites shall be armed and landed in the proper area.

Cagliari Kite Beach of Giorgino: Description of the Kite Spot

Kite Lessons in Cagliari, Giorgino Kite Beach
Kite Lessons in Cagliari, Giorgino Kite Beach

The Giorgino Kite Spot, called by the Kiters also Little George, is a kite spot located 5 minuter by car from the center of Cagliari, heading towards Capoterra, right after the new Canal Harbor.

It is a perfect place for kitesurfing, especially with the thermal wind (which usually blows from March / April to October), because of shallow water and sandy bottom, because there are no bathers and because, during the summer season, there is a dedicated Kite Area.

Kite Beach Cagliari
Kite Beach Cagliari

Giorgino is actually the only kitesurfing area in Cagliari where you can practice kite surfing in safety during the summer season without risking to have problems with bathers and authorities.

The area is accessible to everyone free of charge. However, we must comply with some of the common sense and security rules that follow:

The wind at Giorgino, Cagliari

Giorgino Kite Beach Cagliari
Giorgino Kite Beach Cagliari

The best wind is thermal wind that blows in absence of perturbations. Theaml wind usually blows constantly with an intensity between 12 to 18 knots.

Other winds good for kitesurfing at Giorgino are all eastern and southern winds that sometimes could give even small waves.

The mistral comes side off. During the summer season, with the open Kite Area and a boat rescue, it could be possible to kite even with the mistral

How to get to Giorgino’s Kite Area

From Cagliari, take the “Strada Statale” SS 195 towards Pula – Chia.

Immediately after the Scafa bridge (in Italian, Ponte della Scafa), there is the entrance to the first part of Giorgino, where is located the small and old “Fishermen Village“, famous for the fish Festival that takes place every September. To get to the Giorgino Kite Area, you do not have to turn to the Fishermen Village but you should continue along the SS 195 until the road passes from 4 to 2 lanes. Right here, on the left you could find the Giorgino Kite Area.

For those who have a navigator / Mobile with GPS, the coordinates of the spot are:

 

Kitesurfing through Sardinia‘s Wild West

Kitesurfing Funtanamare Sardinia September 2014

Notes kitesurf trip in Sardinia

Typically my kite gear is the most important part of my luggage when travelling to Sardinia. As usual, upon arrival, I still don’t have a clue where in Sardinia I will end up this year.

I like the idea of discovering the Wild West of Sardinia. But will the wind conditions be good to kite there this time? Mostly Mistral is working on the West coast. I’m looking forward to finding the exceptions, together withfortress en route to Stintino the less-known spots.

Like never before I am in a mood to draw every moment of this trip, somewhere in no man’s land, in the middle of past and future. Sardinia is exactly the right place for such an adventure. More contemporary is not possible. On the first night, I don’t feel like sleeping within four walls and I choose to sleep on the balcony. A night spent under the stars.

In the morning I wake up with a breeze around my nose and the buzz of the Sardinian neighbourhood. Taking in breaths of the upcoming wind, I can’t wait to get down to some kiting. And yes – the wind conditions point towards the West.

 

Kitesurfing the Southwest of Sardinia

he wind is luring me to Sardinia’s south-west – a corner of Sardinia which is going to elate me as a kiter and lover of islands; there are even two offshore islands, Sant‘Antioco and San Pietro. I am tempted to go for the road via Cagliari through the mountains – a dream for kitesurfing mountain enthusiasts – and via the quaint mountain village Teulada.

Kitesurfing Porto Pino

In habitual manner, I’m driving my way along the coast. The road leads me between two lagoons, past hosts of flamingos, to Porto PinoPorto Pino – a harbour hamlet that deserves its name because it is surrounded by a pine forest.

The only kiteable beach is the Caribbean style main tourist beach and located just behind the harbour. Only (!) south-westerly wind (Scirocco) is working here. All other pine-fringed paths end at a steep coastline. All routes through the lagoons in direction of the huge dunes of Porto Pino finish in front of canals in the middle of nowhere.

Kitesurfing Is Solinas – Porto BottePunta TrettuFuntanamare

Further north I find a plum area for kite beginners and free-stylers. Is Solinas offers flat-water with Is SolinasMistral, but is besieged by beach tourists at high season; Follow the sign to Is Solinas and then direction „Le Dune“. There is a car park at the end of a paved driveway from which you reach the beach over the dunes.

More adequate spots are situated around Porto Botte. At the end of the main street, where the fishing boats moor, you can choose between two kite spots; to the left hand side I reach the extension of Is Porto BotteSolinas beach; to the right hand side the path through the dunes goes to a good freestyle spot – my favourite one on this journey.

A local kiter gives me a hot hint; Punta Trettu, exactly opposite of the small town Sant’Antioco, is a fantastic spot for beginners and free-stylers and is the home spot to the locals as it’s not thPorto Bottee kind of beach “normal” beach tourists would go for.

Because of the sea gate between the island and the mainland, the wind arrives roughly ten knots stronger in Porto Botte than in Punta Trettu, which is therefore well frequented on strong-wind days.

Arriving from Sant’Antioco over the bridge, turn left, direction Matzaccara, and after some kilometres again left, direction Punta Trettu. From the parking area at the end of the road, it’s a good ten minutes Punta Trettuwalk around the headland. Kitesurfing in Punta Trettu is possible with Mistral, but also with winds from west, south-west and south-east. Punta Trettu is very shallow, flat as a mirror and target location of potential down-winders from the north.

In Porto Botte you have more water underneath your board and potentially more chop.

Funtanamare near Gonnesa is the wave spot of the region with Mistral and south-westerly wind (Libeccio).

On Sant’Antioco island, kitesurfing is contingent during low season at Spiaggia Grande with wind from the south-west and the north and at Spiaggia di Coaquaddus with wind from the south-east and the east. You can find more information on kitesurfsardinia. Due to thPunta Trettuese fantastic conditions for beginners, a few kite schools have settled in this area; e.g. kitesardegna and skyhigh. The region also offers Sardinia’s only cable park for wake-boarding at Lago di Medau Zirimilis (I have written about the cable park on pecora-nera).

Kitesurfing Isola Sant’Antioco

The small town of Sant’Antioco straight at the beginning of the homonymous island is so picturesque, at the same time, it has everything you might need for living and is a perfect starting point for kiters; a scenic central square, nooks and crannies through the oWake-boarding at Lago di Medau Zirmilisld town and the darkest alley I’ve ever seen in my life, as it’s completely roofed by treetops.

On my second day on a camp ground, I escape the rain and accidentally fall upon the accommodation of the young couple called Simona and Francesco, a striking team throughout a lifetime; it’s actually unbelievable what these two people have built up in their lives. They put their hearts and souls into the Bed & Breakfast called “Il Nido“, just on the main street of the sWake-boarding at Lago di Medau Zirmilismall town but all the same both quiet and homey. The two also rent flats, manage the butchery below the B&B, have two children and Francesco has his own piece of land in the immediate back country, where he grows wine and has pigs, chicken, dogs and shortly also horses.

The island with its mere three roads in all directions, Isola San Pietro, is worthy of at least a day-trip. Car ferries regularly leave Calasetta on Sant’Antioco island to San Pietro’s capital Carloforte, which I’m not wowing any less. One square unfolds after the other along the seaside promenade, with the historic centre behind. Just like another dream.

Kitesurfing Centre west of Sardinia

Even though the wind forecast doesn’t look promising, I would like to have a look from a kiter’s perspective at the Sinis peninsula on my way back north.

Kitesurfing Capo Mannu – Funtana Meiga – Mari Ermi – Putzu Idu 

The area is famous among kiters mainly because of its wave spot Capo Mannu, with winds from Funtana Meiga – Mare Mortowest to north-west. I’m heading for Funtana Meiga, which turns out to be a ghost town during low season. Despite wind forecasts: I’m spotting kiters!

Yet not at the sea facing coastline of well known Funtana Meiga. Surprisingly, I find best flat-water conditions in the lagoons of Stagno di Cabras and the Mare Morto in front of them. Just turn left en route to the relicts of the antique town Funtana Meiga lagoonsof „Tharros“ and follow your nose, looking for paths direction lagoons and Mare Morto. There are no signs, but you can see the kites from afar. Don’t let yourself stop by drive-through constraints such as rocks; tracks indicate that driving through is possible.

The locals in the restaurants on the way to Tharros Funtana Meiga lagoonsare also helpful. By the way, this is how I found my private accommodation.

A few kilometres further north I’m surprised by the most amazing beaches; the MisMari Ermitral-beach Mari Ermi / Portu Suedda, and Putzu Idu. Kiters aim for Putzu Idu with Ponente and southerly.

What can I say? Sardinia’s Wild West! Never would I have Putzu Idudreamed of so many Caribbean style beaches and flat-water spots. It’s not only wild and unpredictable but it is still as well, and that’s what makes it so fascinating.

During that night in Funtana Meiga, when the sea was loud, the wind indecisive and the sky restless, I talked through the night with a local, who had spontaneously hosted me and knew local weather conditions as well as a local fisherman and better than any conventional forecast.

He looked up in the sky and said that the weather and wind were still about to take their decisions about the next day. Later on, he stopped half way through conversation and said: “Listen!”.

We walked outside. There I was, somewhere between past and future. The sky was suddenly starlit, the wind had changed direction, the sea whispered peacefully from the opposite side. The Wild West now most irenic however still not without the wind. The Sardinian said: “This was important, one of the forerunners of summer.”

Kitesurfing North-West of Sardinia

Kitesurfing Platamona

I’m driving along Sardinia‘s typical springtime flower scenery and I’m intrigued by one of the ancient Spanish fortress’. Swerving the car sharply onto a bushy path I’m spontaneously testing my hired panda for off-road capability.

The fortress doesn’t have a name and is the centre of a panoramic scenery in the middle of a sea of blossom alongside the coast. These towers can be found in regular intervals all along the Sardinian Platamonacoast. They were built in the 16th century as a defense belt against the Berber folks’ acts of piracy during Africa’s prime-age because an army was too costly.

Believing to be in total remoteness, I see a kayak is pulling ahead. Why not just drift sometimes? A diver is discovering the underwater world in the sea directly in front of me. Why not also just dive sometimes?

As a matter of fact, the defense tower is located next to the wave spot Platamona where kitesurfing is possible only with wind from north-west (Mistral) and is allowed only during low season. In the summer, Platamona is called “Sardinia‘s Rimini“, the home to partygoAsinara White Donkey Islanders and sun worshippers.

Around Porto Torres, some main streets have a side street with spectacular views. Why not just make a step to the side sometimes. Why not just drive topsy-turvy into a one-way street. Oops, contra-flow, okokok…!

Kitesurfing Stintino

I’m arriving in Stintino, a beach resort at Sardinia’s north-westernmost end and my starting point of expeditions to Asinara, also known as White Donkey Island (you can find my article about Asinara on pecora-nera).

A good contact for kitesurferAsinara White Donkey Islands is Lorenzo from thewindsurfcenter, which is situated at L’Approdo, the middle one of the three kiteable beaches around Stintino.

The best wind directions for L’Approdo and La Pelosa (the main tourist beach a few meters further north) are east to north-east. Easterly (Levante) comes with waves. North becomes north-east or north-west because of Asinara. With west, the beach itself is sheltered. There is a strong current with winds from north-west and west.

Further south you find the super-white gravel beach Le Saline, kiteable with wiStintino - L'Approdonds from south- and north-west. South-easterly wind does not arrive in Le Saline. The windsurfcenter has a boat to make kite- and windsurfing also possible in tourist-packed summer.

 

Additional info

 

The German version of this article can be found on Kiteboarding Sardinia

Kitesurfing Quartu Sant’Elena, Cagliari Sardinia

Kitesurfing Quartu Sant'Elena | Kiteboard Race Sardinia

Kitesurfing Quartu Sant’Elena: Spot features

Minimun level required Beginner
Kind of Spot Sandy
Sea bed Sandy
Best winds Scirocco (SE) – Libeccio (SW)
Water shape Choppy – Wavy
Wind for waves Scirocco (SE)
Distance from the centre of Cagliari 8 Km
Distance from parking < 1m
Water temperature 15 °C (winter) – 25 °C (summer)
Wind range 12-30 knots

Kitesurfing Quartu Sant’Elena: Spot description

This spot is named “Le Torrette“ because of the forts of II World War on the beach.

In addition to winds described in the spot “Poetto”, here it is possible kitesurfing with Mistral that, even if off-shore and gusty, comes with a super flat water.

The spot is not “workable” in the summer season because of the many bathers and the unavailability of kitesurf launch areas.

How to reach Le Torrette

From Cagliari, get Viale Poetto till the beach.

From Quartu S. Elena, get Via Colombo, till the beach.

Arriving from S.S. 554 or Villasimius, simply get Cagliari direction.