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Italy (Puglia - Calabria) or Lefkada?

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 8:59 pm
by athen
Hello Kitesurfing fam :D welcome everyone!

I'd like to check with you a sincere advice about what better spot do you consider between the south of Italy (Puglia or Calabria) and LEFKADA in Greece?

I am looking to spend the summer holidays there with also the whole family, but I want WIND WIND WIND :D :D lots of wind!

I read from some of you that Lefkada could be much more windy than South Italy, but really crowded.

If wonder if however there could be in Lefkada or very close to Lefkada, any place maybe less crowded?

valid advices will be greatly appreciated! thank you sooo much

Re: Italy VIESTE (Puglia) or CATANZARO (Calabria)?

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:02 pm
by StellaBlu
Ive been to Vieste (and more generally Puglia) in the summer and while its a very nice place, it wasn't windy at all. My experience is purely anecdotal so I can't comment to what is normal, but I would check some historical data before committing to it.

From my experience If you want consistent wind in Europe go to Greece.

Re: Italy VIESTE (Puglia) or CATANZARO (Calabria)?

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:28 pm
by athen
thanks StellaBlu,
I also heard that Vieste could risk to be not too windy. That's also why I am looking for more consistent info.

As regarding Greece, yes sure I love it. But I am afraid Greece nowadays is too crowded for kitesurfing. Maybe am I wrong? What's your advice on a good spot in Greece but not too crowded?

Thanks a lot

StellaBlu wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:02 pm
Ive been to Vieste (and more generally Puglia) in the summer and while its a very nice place, it wasn't windy at all. My experience is purely anecdotal so I can't comment to what is normal, but I would check some historical data before committing to it.

From my experience If you want consistent wind in Europe go to Greece.

Re: Italy VIESTE (Puglia) or CATANZARO (Calabria)?

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:59 pm
by StellaBlu
athen wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:28 pm
thanks StellaBlu,
I also heard that Vieste could risk to be not too windy. That's also why I am looking for more consistent info.

As regarding Greece, yes sure I love it. But I am afraid Greece nowadays is too crowded for kitesurfing. Maybe am I wrong? What's your advice on a good spot in Greece but not too crowded?

Thanks a lot

StellaBlu wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:02 pm
Ive been to Vieste (and more generally Puglia) in the summer and while its a very nice place, it wasn't windy at all. My experience is purely anecdotal so I can't comment to what is normal, but I would check some historical data before committing to it.

From my experience If you want consistent wind in Europe go to Greece.
I have kited in Naxos, Paros and Lefkada. They can all get crowded in areas, but I have always found ways to avoid the crowds by going further offshore or going to different beaches.

Re: Italy Vieste (Puglia) or Catanzaro (Calabria)?

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2022 5:01 am
by CaptainKook
Summer Options look like
Puglia: crowds & no wind
Calabria: crowds & some wind?
Greece: crowds & guaranteed clean wind everyday

Re: Italy Vieste (Puglia) or Catanzaro (Calabria)?

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2022 7:44 pm
by athen
CaptainKook wrote:
Wed Apr 20, 2022 5:01 am
Summer Options look like
Puglia: crowds & no wind
Calabria: crowds & some wind?
Greece: crowds & guaranteed clean wind everyday
thanks for sharing your advices. At this point I am not more sure if Puglia is a really valid spot because if the windy is not so consistent or frequent the risk to fail the holidays is too high.

Maybe Calabria is a bit better in terms of wind.

Greece is lovely, so many great spots, that sure! If I could find a place in Greece still virgin, or however not overcrowded in the high season (July or August) I would definitely opt for Greece

Re: Italy Vieste (Puglia) or Catanzaro (Calabria)?

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:54 pm
by CaptainKook
Like Greece, Italy will be super crowded in July & August.

Just no wind in Italy.

Re: Italy VIESTE (Puglia) or CATANZARO (Calabria)?

Posted: Thu May 05, 2022 7:28 pm
by athen
Hello StellaBlu,
is there however a way to do some sane kitesurfing in Lefkada or very close to Lefkada, in any place maybe less crowded?
Thanks a lot if you can share some information

StellaBlu wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:59 pm
athen wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:28 pm
thanks StellaBlu,
I also heard that Vieste could risk to be not too windy. That's also why I am looking for more consistent info.

As regarding Greece, yes sure I love it. But I am afraid Greece nowadays is too crowded for kitesurfing. Maybe am I wrong? What's your advice on a good spot in Greece but not too crowded?

Thanks a lot

StellaBlu wrote:
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:02 pm
Ive been to Vieste (and more generally Puglia) in the summer and while its a very nice place, it wasn't windy at all. My experience is purely anecdotal so I can't comment to what is normal, but I would check some historical data before committing to it.

From my experience If you want consistent wind in Europe go to Greece.
I have kited in Naxos, Paros and Lefkada. They can all get crowded in areas, but I have always found ways to avoid the crowds by going further offshore or going to different beaches.

Re: Italy (Puglia - Calabria) or Lefkada?

Posted: Thu May 05, 2022 8:01 pm
by tonester
Check Raches in Greece, 2 hours away from Athens and guaranteed Wind.

Re: Italy (Puglia - Calabria) or Lefkada?

Posted: Thu May 05, 2022 10:09 pm
by Toby
tonester wrote:
Thu May 05, 2022 8:01 pm
Check Raches in Greece, 2 hours away from Athens and guaranteed Wind.
how strong are the winds normally?

I assume East wind and in summer?