Kitesurf spots: ITALY
In the chapter dedicated to the kitesurf spots in the Italian peninsula today I’m talking about Sardinia. This island is a very rare treasure and it has beaches and inlets that have nothing to envy to the most beautiful Caribbean areas. If you think that it is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, you will understand by yourself that water sports are a constant, and kitesurfing is becoming more and more important on the coast.
PROS AND CONS
Steady wind in some spots
The variety of the spots
Beauty of the spots
No wind activities
Complicated spot connections
It is recommended to have a wetsuit all year round
Check the forecasts before you go
In Sardinia the dominant winds are the Maestrale (North West), the Ponente (West) and the Scirocco (South East).
Mistral blows violently between October and April, especially on the northern coast of the island. In summer it is often a relief because it affects the lowering of temperatures and humidity. The Scirocco, on the other hand, blows more in the summer months because of the increase in heat, and affects the south of Sardinia more.
The Grecale, a strong north-easterly wind, is also to be taken into consideration, as it mainly strikes the north-eastern part of the island. It is one of the most violent winds of the Italian peninsula and Sardinia.
The wind can blow from 6-7 to more than 50 knots.
In Sardinia the four seasons are well marked.
In summer, between June and August, the climate is quite hot with temperatures ranging between 17 ° – 32 °.
In autumn (September-October) and spring (April-May) temperatures drop a few degrees but remain mild, between 8 ° – 24 °.
In winter, between November and March, temperatures can drop dramatically and reach 0°. November and March are the two months that can reserve good surprises with not particularly cold days.
The water temperature is quite warm from July to September (23° – 25°), in June and October the sea is chilly (20°), and during the rest of the year cold (14° – 17°).
In Sardinia the wind is suitable for hydrofoil as well as big air. You have to check the forecasts before you go and adapt the material as a consequence. On days of strong mistral or grecale, especially in winter, the wind can easily exceed 30 knots forcing you to use smaller sails, from 7m down.
In summer, however, the wind can be more moderate, and a kite above 9m-10m is more appropriate.
SPOTS WHERE I’VE BEEN
Punta Trettu is considered by locals as the most beautiful spot in Sardinia, and perhaps in Europe. A stretch of sand that adapts to all orientations and provides a beautiful flat area for freestyle or old school tricks.
The area is so large that freeride addicts will love it and they can even reach the island of Sant’Antioco.
On – Side on
Off – Side off
The sand strip allows you to always have a wind on shore, depending on where you stand, which is ideal for beginners. Pay attention to the take-off area because it is sheltered by the pine forest.
The sea is calm or a little rough on a strong wind.
Facilities : the spot is in a pine forest, hence very wild. Nearby there is a school, the Kite Village Sardegna.
Danger : the take-off area is not the best, the wind enters not very clean because of the pine forest.
Warning : If you are a beginner you must observe the orientation and choose the side on shore area.
A unique spot for freestyle and freeride
Siaggia della Pelosa – Stintino
La spiaggia della Pelosa has been counted several times as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. A tongue of white sand with a view directly over Stintino’s tower. The place is preserved and fines are applied if tourists try to steal the sand.
With the Grecale, the dominant wind in the area, the sea is mostly rough. The violence of the north breeze makes the big air the most suitable discipline. In some cases, waveriding is possible, especially when the wind is blowing from the east (Levante).
On – Side on
Grecale can easily exceeds the 30 knots, creating a very rough sea. In this case the spot is not the most appropriate for beginners and even those with an intermediate level must be careful.
The good news is that the wind blows on side-on shore.
Facilities : in summer the area is very touristy. The center of Stintino is just a few minutes drive from the spot.
Danger : There are rocks emerging in some areas.
Warning : In very strong and on shore winds and you must jump away from the beach.
Sailing in transparent water, white sand and the view of the Stintino’s tower is priceless
The spot is located in the northern part of the island and is recommended when the wind blows from the south. It is particularly suitable for those who love the waves.
This spot is not far from Punta Trettu and is always located in the southern part of the island.
The spot seems to be exceptional with the mistral coming in side on shore but still accompanied by flat water.
It is one of the most famous spots and is located in the northern part of the island, in front of the mouths of bonifacio. There are two areas: the east, reserved rather for windsurfers, with side off-shore wind and flat water, and the west with side on-shore wind and rough sea, open to all.
During the summer season the spot is overcrowded.
TRANSPORTS AND ACCOMMODATION
Sardinia is certainly not known for the efficiency of its public transport. My advice is to go there with your own vehicle or rent a car, or even better a van to be able to lower the costs of the hotels.
Although in some cases the distances may seem short, the roads are not always the best and the journey times may be longer then you would expect. Use google maps to get an idea.
It all depends on the chosen spots, some are really wild, others are located near inhabited centers. Two possibilities open up, either to travel and sleep in a van, or to look for hotels, airbnbs, bed and brekfast or apartment rentals.
Personally I did both, slept in the van at Punta Trettu and took a hotel through Booking at Stintino.
OTHER USEFUL INFOS
Cost of living
Sardinia is not a very expensive island, you can eat and drink at reasonable prices in most of the wildest areas. If you go to the tourist areas, prices rise and quickly become unaffordable. Obviously in July and August, and during some holiday periods, the prices of hotels increase considerably.
One of the most expensive things in Italy, is the cost of gasoline, among the most expensive in Europe.
How to get there?
As an island it can be reached by plane or ship. Since I live in the south of France, I prefer to spend more time by ship, about 15 hours, but to be able to take on board all my equipment and my car. Going to the Direct Ferries website you will have a comparison of the prices of the major companies that operate the route. I have travelled with Corsica Ferries.
Sardinia is a paradise on earth, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a destination suitable for everyone, both for kiting or multi-activity holidays.
Sardinia is a wild island that offers different landscapes, such as rivers, paradisiac beaches, mountains, gorges, caves, paths in the wild, granite walls, etc. .., where you can do all the activities you want to like cycling, running, canoeing or stand up paddle, climbing, and much more.
Nightlife depends on the chosen period and the exact location. You can get lost in nature, as well as go dancing in the most fashionable discos all night long.