The Mediterranean coastline is a mosaic of landscapes and colours for holidaymakers in search of a rich cultural heritage and diverse nature, mixing sea, lakes, rivers and mountains! The season is in full swing on the sunny Mediterranean coast, and it is not ready to end because, after all, the summer holidays last until the end of September in the South of France! 🙂
Are you a fan of kiteboarding and with the school holidays coming up, you must make a family decision ?
We found you the 5 MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS combining TOURIST SIGHTSEEING and KITEBOARDING in the Mediterranean!
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ON THE ROAD TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE – TOWARDS THE MEDITERRANEAN
SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
The village :
Welcome to Saintes Maries de la Mer, the « capital » of the Camargue, a beautiful village where monuments and nature come together. Here, narrow, cobbled streets wind the village and houses are built around the famous fortified church. A place of tradition and pilgrimage, the village is located where the Rhone river enters into the Mediterranean sea.
Kiteboarding spot: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (shared by Sylvain)
Do you dream of kiteboarding with lots of room, without dikes, and the possibility of doing several miles of shoreline? This kiteboarding spot in the Mediterranean is for you. Go pass the campers area, then the dike and continue for 500 m. There is parking on the sand. The departure can be from here. The spot works very well by thermal breeze: South West or South or South East. Be careful of the wind from the North East, the spot is off and the wind is very irregular, so not recommended. The spot is right next to the village, and after being « admired » for kiteboarding for ¼ of an hour, your group can walk to the city centre to enjoy an ice cream! 🙂
Place to stay : Small house at Saintes Maries de la mer, Camargue Maisonette Les Saintes Maries de la mer, Camargue (at Fabienne’s home, 70€/night)
Less than a kilometre from the kiteboarding spot, Fabienne and Ronald welcome you to Mas Lou Faro in their Cottage for 2 adults and 2 children! Located on an area of about 8000 m2, in the heart of the Camargue countryside, you will have a car park, a patio with garden furniture, a BBQ and all the essentials to feel at home!
THE LAKE SALAGOU (Occitanie)
Lake Salagou, with an area of 750 hectares, is a remarkable site, unveiling landscapes with unique colours blending together the intense blue of the water, the blue sky and the flaming red soil.
The spot : Lac du Salagou (shared by Jérémie)
To change from kiteboarding in the Mediterranean, we present you a spot on a lake. It is totally unique, the surrounding environment and the wind conditions that can be found gives it an exceptional character! Operating with the tramontane wind, it is quite difficult and gusty. Indeed, getting into the water is not easy because the launch area is small and there are some trees. The wind often varies in strength and direction and requires a good observation of the water.
Place to stay : Ventileau, Canet (shared by Jérémie #Stay-Share-Play, 60€/night)
At 10 km from the kiteboarding spot, Jérémie welcomes you to his house in the middle of vineyards and in the heart of one of the best spots of the Hérault department. Jérémie practises a range of sports (kiteboarding, SUP, mountain biking, etc.) and a state-certified kiteboarder. He can therefore give you introductory or advanced courses! With a large garden and the essentials to make you feel at home, this is the place to spend a few days. What’s more, a few steps away, you can also take a dip in the river.
LA CIOTAT (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
La Ciotat is one of the main gateways to the National Park which extends over the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. On the limestone coast of Provence, this park is known throughout the world for its sublime landscapes, but also for its remarkable biodiversity and its rich cultural heritage.
Kiteboarding spot in the Mediterranean : La Ciotat (shared by Patrice and Marie-Hélène)
Very well known and frequented spot during Spring, Autumn and Winter. In the summer season, the starting area is at the Pointe de la Beaumette. Many enthusiasts find themselves there as soon as the wind condition is favorable. However, a good level is needed because the launch area is very tight and it is strictly forbidden to go into the supervised swimming zones.
Place to stay : 3 rooms next to the beach: wifi, parking and patio 3 pièces à côté de la plage : wifi, parking, terrasse (At Patrice’s and Marie-Hélène’s home, 80€/night)
Patrice and Marie-Hélène welcome you to their 50m2 apartment. It is located on the ground floor of the Villa du Golfe, by the sea, directly opposite the kiteboarding spot, near canoeing and stand up paddle rentals that may be suitable for your family and 5 minutes walk from the schools for sailing, snorkelling, diving, at the new port of La Ciotat. You will be able to store your beach equipment, bikes, etc …
The city :
Iconic city of Napoleon Bonaparte and Napoleon III, this Genoese city offers travellers a colourful historical centre, imposing monuments and beautiful beaches less than 20 minutes away. An active holiday destination, the Ajaccian region offers a wide range of sporting or fun activities. Climbing, hiking, kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking … Corsica seduces all lovers of nature.
The spot : Ricanto Beach Plage du Ricanto (shared by Frédéric)
Located at the bottom of the Gulf of Ajaccio and served by thermal breezes from the month of April until the end of October. It is a beautiful playground and departure for very beautiful walks (especially hydrofoiling) in all the Gulf … Until the peninsula of the Iles Sanguinaires!
Place to stay: Mediterranean Vibes, Pretty Apartment Ambiance Méditerranée, coquet appartement (At Frédéric’s home, 43€/night)
Perfectly located in the centre west of Corsica, this apartment is well-lit and recently built. You are close to the best kiteboarding spots in the Mediterranean. Quiet, with a large 20m2 patio protected from the summer sun by a pergola, and confined in lush greenery, you can do a lot at Frederic’s place and talk all about kiteboarding of course! 😉
LE BARCARES (Occitanie)
The village :
Maritime gate of Catalonia, Barcarès stands out for its unique location. Indeed, the village is located on a narrow strip of land between the lake, l’Etang de Salses and the sea.
The spot : Les Dosses (shared by Seb)
Flat spot with Tramontane winds, be careful, strong and gusty winds, this spot is reserved for the experienced. You will be able to see local champions like Seb Garat (to read his interview, click HERE) go up to more than 16m on some jumps! Parking is nearby, about 100m from the spot. Your group will be able to go to relax at the bar of the cable park located a little further down.
Place to stay: Room in a house between Sea and Lagoon Chambre dans maison entre Mer et Lagune (At Alex’s home, 30€/night)
Alex welcomes you to a room in a residence with a pool. Passionate about kiteboarding, he will be able to advise you on all the kiteboarding spots in the Mediterranean !! Close to beach activities, the kiteboarding spot, cable wakeboarding and windsurfing, you will also appreciate this accommodation for its comfort and nice vibes. Little bonus: You will also have a patio with a grill for the evening and a water tank to rinse your Kite equipment!
Happy riding and enjoy your visit! 😉