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Guide to Sardinia – Where to kite, eat & play by the bay

Gearing up for our fifth season in Sardinia we compared notes with professional kiter and Sardinia aficionado, Manuela Jungo, to help you get the most out of your trip to kiter’s paradise.
 

 
Endless kiting options
 
Manuela said that although there are kite spots all over Sardinia, our favorite Porto Botte is basically a kite surfer’s nirvana with it’s flat, shallow water and consistent winds.
 
– The Mistral is a northwesterly wind, often much stronger than the forecast predicts whereas the Sirocco, which blows from the south, is generally warmer and more gentle, she said.
 

 
Usually the wind picks up in the morning, providing excellent conditions from 11:00 a.m. until late afternoon, sometimes even until sunset.
 

 
The kite station, Kite Sardegna at Porto Botte offers a great snack bar where kiters can relax between sessions.
 
A lesser known kite spot is Portoscuso, from where you can do an extraordinary downwinder with stunning scenery for several kilometres before finishing in Punta Trettu, another flat-water gem with shallow water.
 

 
When is the best time to be there?
 
Marit Nore from Lapoint kite camps has been kiting in Sardinia for years and thinks the best time to visit is between May and October;
 
– It’s nice and warm, and the wind is usually at its best, she said.
 

 
So much more than kiting
 
Manuela’s favourite beach, Porto Pino is only 15 minutes from Porto Botte.
 
Porto Pino is four kilometres long and characterised by crystal clear water and majestic dunes, perfect for swimming and relaxing in the sunshine.
 

 
There are cliffs to jump from, great freediving and an excellent area to paddle SUP, said Manuela.
 

 
There are also many sightseeing options accessible by bike, such as the flamingo lagoons, vineyards and coastal roads or gear up at one of the many downhill tracks in the area.
 

 
In nearby Cagliari there’s also a wakeboarding park with kickers and sliders.
 
Food and local flavours
 
One of the main reasons we love Sardinia so much is the fantastic food.
The pasta dishes from the region are, in our opinion, some of the best in the world.
 
Manuela suggests the island’s own specialty, Culurgiones, similar to ravioli with a filling of potatoes, pecorino cheese, egg, onion, mint and garlic is likely to leave your taste buds in awe.
 
There’s also a range of delicious vegetables on offer with Mediterranean flavours such as eggplants, bell peppers, oranges and grapes, even wild asparagus, figs, watermelons, nuts and spices.
 
Naturally, all dishes are served with options of excellent wines from the local wineries, among them our favourite Cantina di Santadi.
 
Don’t forget about the mouth-watering ice cream, gelato. With the many flavours available, you’re bound to find one you love.
 

 
Once dinner is done and the surfed out feeling sets in, Manuela often recommends a local specialty digestif, Mirto, which is made from wine spirit, spiced with local berries:
 

 
– It’s just the perfect way to round off another memorable day of blissful kiting in Sardinia, she said.
 
For more details about Sardinia, please check out our camp here.