Kitesurfing in Greece and the Greek islands is becoming more and more popular!
With so many coastal destinations that have amazing beaches and shallow waters, there are countless opportunities to try your favorite watersport during your holidays in Greece.
Depending on the destination you choose, you will find excellent kitesurfing facilities scattered around the mainland and the islands, as well as locations that are suitable for independent kitesurfers.
For beginners, this water sport is much easier to learn than windsurfing and for this reason it has received more attention.
Many kitesurfing clubs have opened all around the country during the last few years, attracting numerous visitors who want a boost of adrenaline!
These centers usually offer introductory courses for beginners and sessions for advanced kitesurfers. They follow strict safety standards and provide modern kitesurfing equipment that you can rent even as an independent kitesurfer.
Below, we have hand-picked the best 21 kitesurfing clubs in Greece.
Clubs we love are marked with a ❤.
Where to go for kitesurfing?
The islands of both the Aegean and the Ionian Sea make excellent kitesurfing destinations!
Kitesurfing can be practiced at many organized or secluded beaches, although some locations in Greece have grown to become popular kitesurfing hubs, attracting watersport enthusiasts from all over the world every summer.
Below, you will find more information about the weather conditions in both seas.
• The Aegean sea
Located east of the Greek mainland, the Aegean Sea can get very windy during the summer. The Etesian winds known as "Meltemia" can get quite strong and offer several windy days in a row per month during the summer season.
The Aegean windy season usually lasts from May to September.
Meltemia are common during July and August, affecting the weather conditions in many islands, but mostly the Cyclades. They blow mostly during the day and for about 2 to 4 days at a time.
Usually, these winds don’t follow the same direction in the entire region of the Aegean Sea. In the northern Aegean they come from the NE, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) from the North and in the South Aegean from the NW.
The intensity depends both on the area and the direction.
Apart from the summer, strong winds blow in the Aegean sea during the winter with speed of 8-9 Beaufort.
• The Ionian sea
Located west of the Greek mainland, the Ionian sea offers consistent summer winds known as "Maistro".
Every day, they start blowing around noon and continue to do so at 15-25 knots until the time of the sunset.
The most famous kitesurfing spot in the Ionian islands is located in Lefkada. It is Agios Ioannis, a beautiful and very long sandy beach, with turquoise waters and the ideal weather conditions for your favorite watersport.
• Athens & the mainland
Surprisingly, the coastline of Athens also offers a few spots for kitesurfing, not far from the Greek capital.
Athens can get windy during wintertime and summertime and some watersport clubs have been established on the northern seashores of Attica (Loutsa).
Nafplio, Astros and Evia are also popular among kitesurfers and within a relatively short distance from the capital, which makes them excellent for short trips.
In addition, other mainland destinations offer kitesurfing opportunities, such as Psathopyrgos, on southern Peloponnese, at a location close to Patra, the third largest city in Greece.
What is the best season for kitesurfing
For both the Aegean and Ionian islands, the best months to practice kitesurfing are from June to September.
For the islands of the Aegean, the most windy month is August. The weather is very warm at this time of the year and the summer winds create the perfect conditions for kitesurfing.
For Greece, kitesurfing season is also considered the high season in terms of tourism, which means that seafront destinations get lively and you will have the opportunity to combine watersports with other activities.
Kitesurfing Spots by destinations
Famous for its long sandy beach and within a short distance from Athens, Loutsa beach offers a lovely secluded section that is frequented by watersport lovers (Nissakia).
Discover the kite clubs of Athens
Mikri Vigla Beach is one of the most popular kitesurfing hubs in Greece, while Glyfada Beach is another great option for those looking for a more quiet spot for their practice.
Discover the kite clubs of Naxos
Agios Ioannis Beach is the most popular meeting point for kitesurfing enthusiasts in the Ionian Sea. But the beach tends to get overcrowded and some issues occur with the club. For instance, the club does not allow you to park there or even kite in front of their spot.
Instead, there are also other kitesurfing locations around the island that are perfect for independant kitesurfers (with their own material).
• Northern Aegean islands
The long and sandy Aliki beach offers an ideal atmosphere to practise your favorite watersport, followed by Keros beach, the next best sport for such activities.
Discover the kite clubs of Lemnos
A secluded spot in the area of Cape Drepano, near Psathopyrgos, offers the perfect opportunity for a kitesurfing experience a few kilometers away from the lively city of Patra.
Dioni beach is another kitesurfing hotspot in this region.
Located in Peloponnese, Nafplio is mostly known for its picturesque town, although spots that can be used for kitesurfing do not remain undiscovered.
Not far from Nafplio, Astros is not an overly touristy place, which makes it ideal for independent kite surfers who want to discover off-the-beaten-track locations.
The sandy seashore of Marmari, in Evia, provides the perfect conditions for kitesurfing at an almost exotic location, not far from Attica and the Greek capital.
The beach of Preveza is one of the nearest mainland locations to the Ionian islands. Make a stop there to try out some kitesurfing before heading to Lefkada.