Kitesurf The Windy Archipelago of Greece
Greece in its essence is a truly special country with plenty of sun, fun and awesome kiteboarding conditions spread across an archipelago of 6000 islands. Once you touch base on one of the islands, it feels as if Greece manages to take you back to what life was over 1000 years ago. The volcanic backdrops, remarkable vegetation, long siesta , the simplicity of life combined with its strong long hours of wind promises you a kiteboarding experience you would want to repeat over and over again.
Below are the top 5 reasons why Greece should be your next kitesurfing bucket list.
Kiteboarding conditions in Greece
When planning a kitesurf holiday in Greece, the highlight months are from beginning of June – mid September. The Meltemi winds blow between July – August, during this period the wind is fairly strong and covers most islands of the Aegean sea as well Eastern coast of the mainland’s. Specifically, May, June, September, and October are months with the thermal wind. During these months there is bigger chance of swell formation but as well severe weather changes.
BSTOKED KITESURFING EXPERIENCES IN GREECE
Greece is a heaven for watersport enthusiast, characterized by its endless long white sandy beach, breathtaking blue colored water and the home of consistent winds. With rideable wind eight months of the year, Greece is one of Europe’s top kitesurfing destinations due to the versatility every spot has to offer in preference to the riders ability.
If you are in your beginning chapter of kiteboarding and seek to practice in a safe bay, steady wind, huge flat water with some little chops to practice your pops places like Lefkadi, Keros or Marmari & Pentali islands are great options to go to.
On the flip side, for the advanced riders out there who seek to nail super nice maneuvers on butter flat water to get your handle pass, unhook tricks, big jumps on point whilst having fun around kickers destinations such as Lefkada, Rhodos and Paros are awesome kiteboarding spots to test out your new tricks.
Let’s not forget about the wanderlust riders, the freeriders who are all about the journey and in the search of undiscovered kiteboarding spots. You best option is either kite and stay on one of the many enchanted island as mentioned above or experience a cruise on a catamaran or traditional greek motor sailor in destination such as Cycladic Islands, Lefkada, the Pentali Islands or the Dodecanese Islands. – yes, Greece has it all!
Once you hit the land you shall witness the strong culture and ancient history of Greece, in fact it is seen as The Cradle of Western Civilization. The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years with powerful influence on Roman Empire, combined with impact by Persian Empire, Frankish states, Ottoman Empire, British Empire to name a few. All of which that shaped the modern foundation of Western culture today.
If there is no wind, explore a list long historical & archaeological sites around the country but also other outdoor activities such as snorkeling, hiking, biking, horse riding etc. Due to its widespread history, the country has enough cultural events all year around. Festival with music concerts, theater performance on an ancient ruin amphitheater, seasonal food festivals are all to be discovered during your kiteboarding holiday.
There is so many hidden kiteboarding paradises in Greece, once you have explored one island it’s always a good option to discover the next one as each spots/ island has its own authentic characteristic.
Raw nature and pleasant climate
The climate of Greece is Mediterranean with summers that are usually hot and dry. If no wind, it is better to stay away from the sun and enjoy a nice cocktail or Greek frappe on one of the sandy white beaches of Greece. The locals love their beach, which means the country offers plenty of cute and artistic beach lounge all over the islands. The Greek beaches are absolutely stunning and do look like the poster you would come across in the magazines. Pristine white sandy beaches, dry palm trees over the sun beds, and azure blue sky that takes you to a forever summer mood.
Local flavors and nice people
What makes Greek food so tasty is the fact that many of the ingredients are homegrown. Depending on the season, most Greek chef will cook what nature has to offer. Basic ingredients such as feta, olive oil, tahini paste, rosemary, basilicum etc all originate from the soils of Greece.
After your kiteboarding session expects homegrown products ready to be enjoyed in a romantic setting. Delicious food of fresh grilled sardines dashed with fresh coriander and squeezed lemon, bread baked olives, honey paste cheese sprinkled over sesame seed accompanied by a traditional liquor to drink gracefully with the food.
Greeks love to celebrate life and that is evident in their daily life. The Greeks are very collective and cherish to socialize with others. Even though the country is facing some economic challenges, the people are so loving.
It is supposedly the raw nature, seemingly endless blue sea, home garden cuisine and promising good kite conditions for all levels that make Greece an absolute authentic kiteboarding experience that you should not miss.