Arrive at a beach with white sand and crystal clear water. It is blowing 20 knots, and there are only a few other kiters around. Welcome to the Island of Sardinia, “the windy island”, a mecca for kiters and the home of our amazing kite camp. There are beaches all over the island, offering great kiting spots for both flat water and waves – all of them in picturesque surroundings. Check out our guide to the most popular kite beaches in paradise.
Four main winds blow with various intensity depending on the place you go to and the time of the year. You will always find a spot to kite, no matter which wind direction. In the north, the most frequent winds are the Mistral (NW), the Tramontana(N) and the Grecale (NE). These winds may be a bit gusty because the Island of Corsica disturbs them.
In the south of Sardinia, the Mistral (NW), the Scirocco (SE), and, in some locations, the thermal wind is most common. In the southern part of Sardinia, the winds are usually steadier than in the north. The sea temperature in Sardinia is usually 23-25°C in summer and 15-21°C in the winter months – often a bit colder in the north than the south.
Cagliari: La Maddalena Spiaggia (Thermal wind (S) and SW)
La Maddalena Spiaggia is situated 20 minutes from Cagliari and offers a sandy beach with flat-choppy water. It is also called Petrol Beach because it is lying between two oil areas. This beach, however, is clean and the sea is blue. During the summer the thermal wind usually kicks in here as long as it is sunny, so if it is warm and no wind anywhere else, wind can still be found here. It is suitable for beginners, as there are no hazards in the water. It can be crowded, as this is the only spot working on no-wind days.
Chia: waves and kickers (SE, W)
Chia is a beautiful white 750-meter long beach on the southern tip of Sardinia. This spot is perfect for wave riding and jumping kicker waves with the Scirocco wind (SE). With a good swell and a strong Ponente wind (W), you can kite in clean and tubing waves up to 2-3 meters. This wind is blowing cross-offshore and can get very gusty! The conditions are better for freeriding and beginners on days with no swell and lighter winds. In the summer season (1st of May – 30th of September) the beach gets very crowded, and no kiting is permitted.
Porto Botte: (SE, NW, E, W)
This two-kilometre-long bay on the southwest coast has perfect flat water and plenty of space. The local Mistral and Scirocco wind consistently hitting the coastline make this a kiters nirvana. Areas of light seagrass keep the water flat, even in the strongest wind – perfect for riders who want to push their level. The spot is divided into two kite zones; one for beginners and one for riders. The spot is only regulated for kiting, so don´t have to worry about swimmers or windsurfers taking up space. Kiting is permitted all year round.
Porto Botte is ideal for beginners, with shallow waters perfect for learning. What makes this spot unique is that there is only one kite school with license to teach, so there are fewer kites than at most other spots. Furthermore, as a student, you don´t have to worry about other riders, as there is one dedicated school zone only for people taking lessons. The kite station is right by the water offering shade and beach chairs where kiters can relax between sessions. You also have the service of a rescue boat if you are unlucky and end up drifting offshore. Next to the spot, you will find protected lagoons where pink flamingos feed on dredged up food from salty pools.
Punta Trettu: (SE, NW, E, W)
This lagoon in the southwest of Sardinia has flat, shallow water and steady winds. You can kite here during all wind directions, but the best conditions are when the Scirocco or Mistral winds are blowing. Punta Trettu is suitable for beginners, with shallow water for learning the basics and plenty of kite schools. You´ll find two kite zones; however, some of the waters around the beach are off limits to kitesurfers, so look out for signs. There are fines if you’re caught kiting in the wrong place.
SARDINIA WEST – THE BEST WAVES
Capo Mannu – the best wave spot: (N, NW, W)
On a good day, Capo Mannu is probably one of Mediterranean´s best breaks. These conditions are usually found during winter or spring. A strong Mistral (NW) can deliver solid waves, and the optimal conditions are found when it blows southwest, and then veers northwesterly. Kiters launch from “Putzu Idu” beach, which is very rocky and a spot for experienced kiters only. Respect the surfers.
La Cinta: (SE, N, SW)
This long and white sandy beach is best on Scirocco winds and is primarily a freeride spot, with waves when the wind is strong. This is the centre of the Sardinian kite scene during the San Teodoro event in September.
Porto Pollo: (E, W, NW)
Porto Pollo is the most famous kite spot of Sardinia, and therefore the most crowded. It is located at the Strait of Bonifacio – the strait that separates Sardinia from Corsica – and forms a wind tunnel that makes this one of the windiest areas of Italy. The beach is divided into two bays by a narrow sandpit; onshore winds and chop on the left side (reserved for the kiters) and flat water on the other (for windsurfers).
Porto Pollo is perhaps the best place on the north coast for beginners to take lessons. There are lots of kite schools, and the courses are usually done from boats out in the bay where there is more space. The spot has been famous among windsurfers for many years and has a “surfer’s vibe” with cafés and bars along the beach, plus a camping site with easy access to the spot.
La Caletta: (E, SE)
This wide and sandy beach is a beautiful freeride spot. It is a 4 km long sandy beach by the harbour of La Caletta in the north. Here you can find various places to stay, nightlife and local restaurants. La Caletta has kite schools and parking facilities, and also a small river that locals use for freestyle and teaching. The water conditions are choppy, and it is a great place to learn because of the sandy bottom and few hazards – but be aware of the rocks in the southern part of the beach.
Respect the local laws and avoid fees
During the summer season, it is forbidden to kite by beaches across Sardinia, except those that have a dedicated kite zone. Keep this in mind when coming to kite in Sardinia during summer.
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