Kitesurfing in Italy - A Complete Guide
Italy is a country known for its rich culture, delicious food, and beautiful coastline. But did you know that Italy is also a great destination for kitesurfing? With a long coastline stretching over 7,600 kilometers, Italy has plenty of kite spots to offer. In this guide, we will explore the wind conditions for kitesurfing in Italy and highlight some of the best kitesurfing spots in the country.
Wind Conditions in Italy
Italy experiences a variety of wind patterns that make it suitable for kitesurfing throughout the year. The prevailing winds in Italy are generally from the northwest, coming from the Ligurian Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, and the Adriatic Sea. These winds can provide excellent kitesurfing conditions, particularly during the spring and summer months.
In the northern regions of Italy, such as Liguria, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna, the Mistral wind is a prevalent wind pattern. The Mistral is a strong northwesterly wind that can blow consistently from 15 to 30 knots or even higher, providing excellent conditions for kitesurfing. The Mistral is known for its reliability and can offer thrilling kitesurfing sessions for experienced riders who enjoy high-speed rides and jumps.
In the southern regions of Italy, such as Sicily, Sardinia, and Puglia, the Sirocco and Mistral are common wind patterns. The Sirocco is a hot and dry southerly wind that blows from the Sahara desert and can bring strong gusts to the coastal areas of southern Italy. The Mistral is a northwesterly wind as mentioned before. Both winds alternate every few days, there is not a specific pattern in their alternation. In general, the Mistral tends to be more prevalent in the summer months, while the Sciricco is more common from fall through spring.
Kitesurfing Spots in Italy
Sardinia is a beautiful island in Italy with great kitesurfing spots. The most popular kitesurfing spot in Sardinia is Porto Liscia. The island's wind conditions can vary depending on the time of year and location, but generally, the Mistral wind in spring and summer are the most suitable for kitesurfing in Sardinia.
Porto Liscia is a stunning kitesurfing spot located on the northern coast of Sardinia. This spot is left of Porto Pollo and is sometimes wrongly named Porto Pollo. You'll probably see locals jump over the peninsula between Porto Pollo and Port Lisica.July - September Flatwater - Choppy
Porto Pollo is a kitesurfing spot located on the northern coast of Sardinia at the rightside bay of Isola dei Gabbiani. As mentioned before kitespot Porto Pollo is often mistaken for Porto Liscia. Best to visit in spring and autumn.March - MayOctober - December Flatwater - Choppy
Badesi is a small town located on the northern coast of Sardinia. This picturesque spot is a hidden gem for kitesurfing enthusiasts, offering a long sandy beach and crystal-clear water with little waves.April - September Flatwater - Little waves
Maddalena Spiaggia is a scenic kitesurfing spot located on the southern coast of Sardinia mainly used by local riders and 10 minutes from Cagliari. This spot offers flat to choppy water, sandy beaches, and thermal wind in the afternoon from May to September.May - September Flatwater - Choppy
Chia is a stunning kitesurfing spot located on the southern coast of Sardinia. It's beach won awards for italy most beatiful beach. This spot offers flat to choppy water, white sandy beaches, and a peaceful atmosphere.May - September Flatwater - Choppy
Punta Trettu is a renowned kitesurfing spot located on the southwestern coast of Sardinia, Italy. This spot is famous for its flat and shallow water, and boosted wind through the narrow channel between Punta Trettu and Sant'Antioco Island.March - October Flatwater
Porto Botte (Critical Slide)
Porto Botte is a picturesque kitesurfing spot located on the southwestern coast of Sardinia. This spot offers flat water with a shallow area, sandy beaches, and a scenic backdrop of mountains.May - September Flatwater
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and a popular destination for kitesurfing. The island has several kite spots, but the most famous one is Lo Stagnone.
Lo Stagnone is a shallow lagoon located on the western coast of Sicily, Italy. This kitespot is a popular destination for kitesurfing due to its flat and shallow water, which makes it perfect for beginners and freestylers.May - September Flatwater
Puzziteddu is a kitesurfing spot located on the southwestern coast of Sicily, Italy. This spot is famous for its crystal-clear water, steady wind, waves, and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Because of the waves and present current, it's for intermediate riders.March - October Flatwater - Little Waves
Calabria is a region in southern Italy, the foot of Italy, with a long coastline and several kite spots. The most famous kite spot in Calabria is Gizzeria.
Gizzeria is a small town located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and it has a long sandy and pebbly beach with crystal-clear choppy water to 1m waves. There is a thermal wind present in spring and summer, blowing 17 knots average.May - September Choppy - little waves
Punta Pellaro, located in Calabria, Italy, is a well-known kitesurfing spot that offers excellent wind conditions and stunning natural scenery. With its consistent winds and flatwater to wavy conditions, Punta Pellaro is a favorite destination among kitesurfers of all skill levels.May - September Flatwater - little waves
Puglia is a region in southeastern Italy known for its stunning coastline, crystal-clear water, rich cultural heritage, and delicious cuisine. The most famous kite spot in Puglia is Porto Cesareo.
Porto Cesareo - Goa Beach
Porto Cesareo is a small town located on the Ionian Sea at the Peninsuela Salento, and Goa Beach is a long sandy beach with mostly flat water. North & south are sideshore winds here, however it works best with Sirocco (S), but the prevealing Mistral wind comes from the northwest.September - May Flatwater - Medium waves
Frigole is a kitesurfing spot located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, Italy. The wind conditions in Frigole are typically from the northwest, with the Mistral being the prevailing wind, boosted 5 knots by a venturi effect due to the Otranto channel.June - August Flatwater - Medium waves
Torre Guaceto - Guna Beach
Torre Guaceto and popular kitespot Guna Beach is also located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, Italy. The preveailing Mistral wind from the northwest has the heighest wind certainty from June through August.June - August Choppy - Medium waves
Barletta is a picturesque coastal town situated on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, Italy, and is a popular kitesurfing destination. The town is known for its stunning medieval architecture, and constent northwest Mistral wind.June - August Choppy - Medium waves
Located at the spur of the boot, on the Ionian coast of Puglia, Spiaggia Lunga, also known as Spiaggia di Scialmarino, is a stunning kitesurfing spot. With camping and facilities near the beach and thermal winds from April through September.April - September Choppy - Little waves
Lake Lesina (Lago di Lèsina)
Lake Lesina has kitesurfing spot located at the northwestern side of the lake, known for its shallow waters and occasional ridable winds. It is a perfect spot for both beginners and advanced riders due to its ideal conditions. Best with south & west winds.September - May Flatwater - Choppy
Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history. It's coastline spans over 400 kilometers along the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the Ligurian border in the north to the border with Lazio in the south. The Tuscany coast is home to several kitesurfing spots, and the most famous kite spots in Tuscany are Talamone and Kite Beach Fiumara at Marina di Grosseto.
Kite Beach Fiumara
Kite Beach Fiumara has a prevailing offshore northeast Grecale wind, which turns to a west afternoon 15-20 knots thermal, especially in July, and occassionally switches to a stronger, 20-30 knots south Scirocco wind.July Choppy - Little Waves
Talamone is a picturesque coastal town located in southern Tuscany, Italy. It is known for its early afternoon thermal wind, blowing 15-20 knots, making it a popular destination for kitesurfers. The thermal here is boosted by the surrounding hills.July - August Flatwater - Little Waves
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a region in the northeast of Italy, bordering Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea, providing excellent kitesurfing opportunities. Some popular kitespots in the region include Grado Pineta, Lignano Sabbiadoro, and Marina Julia. These spots offer a combination of flat water and small waves, suitable for beginners and advanced kitesurfers alike.
Grado Pineta is a popular kitespot located in the town of Grado, Italy. With its shallow water it's a great spot for kitesurfers of all levels. The southwestern thermal and Bora winds are sideshore, and the spot has a wind probability about 50 procent from July to September.July - September Flatwater - Little Waves
Lignano Sabbiadoro is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy. The southwestern thermal and Bora winds are sideshore, and the spot has a wind probability about 50 procent from July to September.July - September Flatwater - Little Waves
Marina Julia, located in northeastern Italy, offers excellent conditions for kitesurfers, with shallow waters close to the shore, ideal for learning and practicing new tricks. The wind probability at Marina Julia is 50 procent, and the wind is mostly from the northeast, blowing side-onshore.July - September Flatwater - Little Waves
Lake Como is a stunning kitesurfing area located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, and the thermal wind (12-20 knots) makes it an ideal place for kitesurfing in June an August. The most popular kitespot is Colico with flat to choppy water and plenty of space to practice freestyle riding.
Colico is a small town situated on the north eastern shore of Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. It is a popular kitesurfing destination known for its south thermal wind "Breva", which starts around 10am and blows until sunset.June - August Flatwater - Choppy
Lake Garda is one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in northern Italy, with its turquoise water and stunning mountain views. The lake is also known for its strong and consistent wind, which makes it a perfect spot for advanced riders looking for a challenge. There are various kitesurfing schools and rental shops around the lake.
Campagnola is a popular early morning kitespot located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. From dawn to around 9am the northerly thermal wind Peler, will give you about 22-27 knots.June - August Flatwater - Choppy
Lake Maggiore is a hidden gem for kitesurfers in northern Italy. The lake offers choppy water, mostly sandy beaches, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The wind conditions are consistent and reliable, with plenty of space to practice freestyle riding. One of the best kitespots to ride is Germignaga at the eastside of the lake.
Germignaga is a picturesque kitespot located on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. Northerly Tramontana in morning, and thermals from the south which starts accelerating from the late morning and reaches its peak in the afternoon.May - July Flatwater - Choppy
Lake Idro is a smaller lake located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy. Despite its size, it offers great conditions for kitesurfing, with its crystal-clear flat water and thermal wind from noon in spring and autumn. The best kitespot Ponte Caffaro is located at the most northern point of the lake, with a grass launch area.
Ponte Caffaro is a popular kitesurfing spot located in Lombardy, Italy, on the shore of Lake Idro. The area is known for its reliable afternoon thermal winds and scenic mountain views. The spot is suitable for intermediate riders.April - MaySeptember - October Flatwater - Choppy
In conclusion, Italy has plenty of kitesurfing spots to offer, from shallow lagoons to long sandy beaches with crystal-clear water. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, there is a spot for everyone. So, pack your kite gear and head to Italy for a kitesurfing adventure.