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You practice kitesurfing but you want to change the landscape and combine sports holidays and relaxation? Take the direction of Greece where you will not be disappointed!
Many travellers are familiar with the Greek islands for their beaches and relaxing spots, but few refer to them when it comes to sporting activities. Many of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea offer absolutely fantastic spots for kitesurfing and, by the way, windsurfing.
The wind in the Aegean Sea is particularly strong in summer, especially in the afternoons, creating perfect conditions for such sports. Kitesurfers will find here a sunny paradise where wind is not a discriminating factor for them. Here are some of the best spots for kitesurfing in Greece.
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Naxos is known worldwide as one of the best Greek islands for kiteboarding. A large part of the west coast of the island offers perfect conditions to get towed, conditions being created by the summery, strong wind from the north that blows periodically over the eastern Mediterranean.
The most famous beach for kitesurfing (and windsurfing) is Mikri Vigla, as it enjoys unique conditions with a wind that blows across the strait between Naxos and Paros. Laguna, Saint George Beach and Plaka are also good kitesurfing spots to consider if you are staying on the island of Naxos. The months of July and August are the ideal period for water sports, as the wind blows strong every day from noon to late afternoon. So you can combine cultural visits of the island in the morning, and take your kite board under your arm in the afternoon.
Among the best Greek islands for kitesurfing and, again, windsurfing, is also the island of Lefkada. The beaches of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki are particularly famous for the special wind conditions they offer, which enhance the gliding experience.
The beach of Vassiliki, on the south coast, is perfect for windsurfing. The wind changes direction and gets stronger during the day, making it an ideal place for all levels. The beach of Agios Ioannis, just outside the town of Lefkada, is ideal for kitesurfing as a steady warm wind blows throughout the summer. Both beaches are accessible to sportsmen of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced kitesurfers.
The kitesurf lovers will find in Paros some of the best spots for the practice of this sport. For windsurfing lovers, the best spots in Paros are New Golden Beach and Golden Beach, on the south-east coast of the island. The north wind blows regularly during the summer and the waves coming from the shore create ideal conditions.
Pounda Beach, on the strait between Paros and Antiparos islands, is an international kitesurfing spot and offers excellent conditions for all levels. A little extra, there are no obstacles on the long sandy beach.
With 300 days of sunshine a year and strong side winds, Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Theologos beach, near Rhodes airport, is fantastic for kiters of all levels, as the conditions allow them to jump many meters out of the water. In addition, the beach has brand new surf equipment rental shops. Other windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Rhodes to consider are Prassonissi and Ixia, where the open shoreline makes learning water sports fun and easy. On the west coast of Rhodes, Ialyssos beach offers excellent spots for windsurfers.
Far away from mass tourism, Karpathos is certainly one of the best Greek islands for windsurfing and therefore kitesurfing. It is an island where this sport is developing rapidly and it is only in recent years that it has become known to surfers from all over the world. The most popular beach for windsurfing in Karpathos is Afiartis. There are strong and warm winds in this area and a few surf clubs have opened recently.
From noon until sunset, the summer wind makes Kos one of the best Greek islands for kitesurfing. The beach of Psalidi is an exceptional place for windsurfing in Kos, with regular sea winds in high season. To the southwest of the island is the most windy place on Kos, the beach of Kefalos. Mastihari is also known as a water sports centre with many centres along the beach. Windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment, lessons and advice are available at all spots.