TRAVEL GUIDE 2018
The Mediterranean – the variety of spots, the food, the people and most importantly- the wind – make this region a firm favourite for windsurfers looking to indulge in some quality rest and recreation. Only a few hours flight time from the UK but completely different in terms of climate and culture, the Mediterranean is a region begging to be explored. From the beautiful Catalan coast of Spain to exquisite islands in Greece and everything between, we bring you a guide to some of the Mediterranean’s great windsurfing hotspots. Offering flat water paradises, waves, bump and jump and perfect spots for learning and improving, the Mediterranean has it all, just choose what conditions you want. To help pick the best spot for you, Sportif Travel and Planet Windsurf break the region down into where is best for who and we list micro guides to some of the best places to windsurf in Greece, Turkey and Italy.
2018 MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS
Need a breakdown of what spots to go to in the Mediterranean? Jane Faughan from Sportif Travel and Marcus Bull from Planet Windsurf give us their guide to some highlights of the region.
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Best for Wind / Multi Sport / Coaching.
Sportif offer 12 different Greek resorts. For beginners we recommend Psalidi or Kefalos, Kos with superb flat water. Freestylers head to Sigri, Lesvos or Palekastro Bay, Crete, with self-catering apartments and villa options. Mykonos or Karpathos, with 3 bays and offshore bump and jump, are uncrowded, high wind favourites. Lemnos or Prasonisi, Rhodes have flat water and waves. Luxury Cyprus hotels and villas have sailing, tennis, horse riding and scuba diving, Keros has kitesurfing, Samos mountain biking and Karpathos climbing and yoga. For Sportif pro coaching clinics, join Peter Hart or Jem Hall in Rhodes in June.
Best for Families / Wind Foiling / Beaches.
Golf de Rosas on the north Costa Brava coast or Tarifa on the south coast offer spectacular 7km+ beaches, culture and cuisine with quick, daily flights ideal for short stay, 7, 10 or 14+ night holidays. Families and non-windsurfers are well catered for in Golf de Rosas with kids programmes from 6-11 and 12-16 age groups. Tarifa is perfect for multi-sport options. The centres offer the latest 2018 Fanatic and North equipment, windfoil, SUP, excursions, kitesurfing and special junior equipment, discounts for shared boards, kids sail free and family packages with self-catering apartments, villas or boutique hotels with pools.
Best for Flat Water / Beginners / Value.
The Aegean sea provides semi-enclosed flat water bays ideal for all levels from children and beginners to intermediate and advanced, slalom and freestylers. The best conditions are from May to October with Alacati and Teos providing consistent, side-shore winds and centres with flexible rental and instruction programmes, restaurants on the spot, kids clubs and activity programmes, spas, yoga or tennis. There’s something for everyone with options for budget, boutique and all-inclusive resorts with aqua parks, nearby markets, historic sites and excursions available. Turkey offers excellent value with 1 week including return flights and transfers from £499 per person.
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LIMNOS ISLAND, GREECE
Best for an off the beaten track adventure.
Discover unspoilt Limnos in the northern Aegean Sea, with its beautiful beaches and traditional villages, set away from the mass tourism of other Greek islands. The windsurfing spot offers consistent wind, shallow, flat turquoise waters and small, fun waves – a unique location where you can enjoy three types of conditions from the same beach. From June to September you can expect average temperatures upwards of 25°C., warm water and almost zero rain! Stay in comfort in a brand new hotel within walking distance of the spot and chill out in the evenings with the locals, enjoying the warm ambience of Greek taverns.
Best for travelling with non-windsurfing partners.
With its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Sardinia offers an exquisite Caribbean style holiday in the Mediterranean. Easily reached from the UK in less than three hours, Sardinia offers something for everyone, making it the perfect place to travel with non-windsurfing partners and families. Porto Pollo is a bay on the north coast, located on the windiest point on the island. Situated just a short drive from a number of amazing accommodation options, the spot offers plenty of space for beginners and freestylers while providing a great place for non-windsurfing partners to soak up some sun.
Best for a range of skill levels.
With its historical buildings, cobbled streets, shops, cafes, restaurants and buzzing nightlife, Rhodes is a great destination for the outdoor enthusiast and travelling families. Leading southwards from Rhodes Town is a long stretch of hotel lined beaches with fantastic windsurfing conditions and a brilliant windsurf centre. During the summer months of May to September the wind picks up most afternoons to 20 knots plus, blowing cross-onshore at the windsurf spot. With a great sandy beach entry and fantastic flat water section, it is especially good for beginners in the mornings with textbook bump and jump weather in the afternoon for intermediates.
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Club Vass Active Holidays – Vassiliki, Lefkas, Greece
Gone Surfing Crete – Kouremenos Beach, Crete, Greece
Ion Club – Teos, Turkey
MB-Pro Center – Porto Pollo, Sardinia, Italy
Ocean Elements – Vassiliki, Lefkas, Greece
Procenter Rhodos – Ialyssos, Rhodes, Greece
Surf Club Keros – Keros Beach, Limnos, Greece
Surfers Paradise – Ixia, Rhodes, Greece