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Kitesurfing is one of the most popular watersports on the island! Every year, people from all over the world flock to Lefkada to kitesurf, as Lefkas prides itself on ideal wind conditions with constant thermal winds every day after midday. One of the main reasons why Lefkada is a popular destination is that although it is an island, it can be reached by car. Therefore, many kite lovers from the Balkans (Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia) choose Lefkada for weekend getaways, weather permitting.
The most famous spots for kitesurfing in Lefkada are Agios Ioannis, Wooden Bridge-Little Church, Agios Nikolaos and some others.
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The most famous kitesurfing spot in Lefkada is by far Agios Ioannis on the northern part of the island, 2 km away from the main town. You can easily find this kitesurfing spot and choose one of the 3 windmills that line the beach, to get in the water. In July and August, many people launch 200-300m on the right side of the right windmill. The wind blows every day from 2 pm to 8 pm from May to September unless it is cloudy or there are strong Meltemi winds (7Bft) in the Aegean Sea, usually in August.
Winds are always stronger on the left side of the 1st windmill because of the venturi effect. So, we recommend choosing your side depending on the size of your kite.
Wind Direction: The main wind directions in the summer are SW, W, and NW.
Wind Speed: From 12knots to 24knots.
Beach Length: You can ride for 2.5 kilometers in length and the length for launching your kite is 1,5km.
Beach width: 20-30m. At some points, though there are dunes of 30-50 meters between the beach and the road.
Type of sand: Thick sand.
Parking: There is plenty of parking space on the road above the beach. You can park your car within a 30m distance of the beach if you find a parking spot. Keep in mind that there is no dedicated parking area for windsurfers. At the beginning of the season, people manage to park between the road and the last windmill to avoid walking the 50-meter distance to the beach, but the local police officer often puts some rocks to block the passage.
Sea temperature: You’re going to need a shorty wetsuit in May, June, September, and October and a lycra wetsuit in July and August.
Sea chop: In case of strong wind predictions (above 6Bft), there is a good chance that there will be a shore break, which discourages most of the riders. So, they will instead head to the Nissaki spot, which lies 5 km away or to Agios Nikolaos, which lies 15 km away. Keep in mind that some days there is some chop, depending on the direction of the wind.
Wind prediction accuracy: It is very difficult to predict the wind strength in Agios Ioannis as there are thermal winds. Many times, there might be predictions of 8-10 knots southwest winds and end up to 23 knots. You can check the live wind meter here. However, if you live in the area, you’re going to feel the wind the moment it blows. What’s more, the wind doesn’t start at the same time every day, but many people go to the beach with their families or friends to enjoy the sun and the sea until the wind starts to blow.
Rider levels: This beach is suitable for kitesurfers of all levels, but freestylers will often go to other nearby spots on choppy days.
Safety: This is a very safe beach as you will always go towards the beach after a while unless you continue riding after the corner where the beach forms an “L”. In that case, you will have to wait a long time before you land on the right side of the castle or at a rather slippery part of the beach.
Downwind: Many people do a downwind to Nissaki Spot or Agios Nikolaos Spot on windy days when there is wind on 3 spots.
Beginners: This is a good place to practice with small kites on the beach, but not the best place to take your first rides, as you will quickly land on the beach because the wind blows towards the shore. Your best bet is to body drag for 50m and do your first rides until you learn to go upwind. Until then, you will need to go to the starting point on foot. Keep in mind that you should watch out for the rocks on the beach. Starting from the last windmill on the right, there are some rocks at 50m on the left and 200m on the right. Therefore, it is not a good idea to learn how to water start near those rocks. They might not seem like a dangerous spot, but you can easily get injured if you land on them.
Accommodation and Camping: The whole area of Agios Ioannis is packed with accommodation options for every budget. Many accommodations are located right on the beach, which allows you to skip walking or driving to get there. Camping is not allowed.
Wooden Bridge-Little Church is an idyllic area protected by the Natura network and insulated by an exotic reef. In this area, you won’t find any buildings, just the beautiful Castle, Agios Nikolaos church, and turquoise waters for as far as the eye can see.
This spot might be a bit hard to reach, but it’s worth it! The truth is that wind conditions are rather unpredictable in this area, as there might be 20knots wind in Agios Ioannis and 15knots wind in Agios Nikolaos, but not ideal wind conditions in Nissaki. Sometimes, wind conditions might be good at first, but they might end up changing. This is an ideal place to go overpower as the water conditions are excellent. Most of the time the direction of the wind is not so good as it makes the ride short, but it allows many riders to enjoy their ride every 10m.
However, some days are perfect! The direction of the wind is just on point, allowing you to ride along the lagoon and up to the small island. On days with strong wind, the waves break on the reef causing sea foam that casts up on the shore, creating an utterly exotic scenery. But, these days aren’t usual.
Tip: If you’re searching for kite surfing lessons or equipment, keep in mind that Leonidas Kite club opened a new kite club in July 2020. Wind Direction: The main wind directions in summer are SW, W, and NW.
Wind Speed: From 12knots to 24knots.
Beach Length: You can ride for 2 km length and the length of the beach is 1km.
Beach Width: 20-30m.
Type of sand: Very small pebbles.
Parking: There is a parking area 320 meters away from the launching spot. To reach the place, you’ll need to cross a wooden bridge. We recommend not leaving valuable objects inside your car as cars are often broken into. If you have a Jeep car or wide tires, you might manage to reach the spot following a passage on the salt lake passing the first road on your left after crossing the bridge that connects Lefkada with the mainland.
Sea temperature: You’re going to need a shorty wetsuit in May, June, September, and October and a lycra wetsuit in July and August, but the water here is warmer than in Agios Ioannis, thanks to the lagoon.
Sea chop: This beach is super flat due to the reef close to the riding location.
Wind prediction accuracy: As we have previously mentioned, the wind is unpredictable in this spot, but if you see strong wind predictions, do not hesitate to go.
Rider levels: This spot is suitable for kitesurfers of all levels, especially for freestylers. However, this spot isn’t suitable for foil, as the water is shallow and your glide might crash to the sea bottom.
Safety: This is a very safe kite surfing spot, as you will always be led toward the beach. Just keep in mind that if you ride near the church, the wind is not as strong as at the launching area, thus it might be difficult to go back. But, you can always swim towards the main beach and get back on foot.
Downwind: Many people do downwind at the Agios Nikolaos spot as it is a very safe place.
Beginners: This is not the best place for beginners as the lagoon area is pretty small and usually full of more experienced riders, especially in August. Other than that, it is very safe as you can easily walk back to the starting point. What’s more, some beginners choose the little church to practice.
Accommodation and Camping: Camping is not allowed in the area. The closest accommodation (a nice villa with a sea view) lies 1.5km away.
This spot is ideal for beginners. This is the reason why many people come here to take kitesurfing lessons, as it is a perfect place for those at the beginning of their kite journey! The long sandy beach deepens for 30m and because the reef is 1km upwind, the water is flat and there is a small chop when it gets windy. As you reach the beach, you’ll also see a strip of sand on the right side.
On the upwind part of the sand strip, there are instructors giving kite lessons (just in front of the beach, there is Leonidas Kite Club) so you will have to go upwind to avoid them. The downwind side of the sand strip is ideal for freestyle, as the water is flat. The depth of the water is 20cm close to the shore and up to 2m as you go downwind. The soil at this point is muddy, which can limit the danger of getting injured. What’s more, the water temperature is quite high -taking a break from your ride into the water is an ultimate delight!
Keep in mind that you can't launch your kite on the right side because it is a swimming spot, but if you ride upwind enough, you can go on for 1 more km on the right side of the beach. On windy days with a good wind orientation, you can almost ride up to Aktio Airport with some upwind!
Wind direction: The main wind directions in summer are SW, W, and NW. Wind speed: From 10knots to 20knots. The wind is stronger near the cliff and weaker on the right side of the beach.
Beach length: The front side of the beach is 2km long and the back side of the beach is 500m long.
Beach width: 10m.
Type of sand: Very thin sand, which can be disturbing when strong winds are blowing.
Parking: There’s not much parking space at this spot and that is why you will have to pay a fee to park near to the Kite Club. Otherwise, you can park along the road leading to the beach.
Sea temperature: You’re going to need a shorty wetsuit in May, June, September, and October and a lycra wetsuit in July and August. On hot days, the water temperature is very high -on the back side of the beach, you get the feeling of floating on a bathtub.
Sea chop: Thanks to the reef, which is situated 2 km upwind, the chop is limited. There are some little waves, though, as you reach the cliff.
Wind prediction accuracy: The spot tends to get windier than predicted. You can check the Live wind meter here.
Rider levels: All levels of kitesurfers, especially freestylers. The area is also suitable for foil.
Safety: This is a very safe kitesurfing spot, as you will always be led towards the beach. Also, there aren’t any rocks or stones.
Downwind: Many people finish their downwind here.
Beginners: The whole area is perfect for beginners.
Accommodation and Camping: Camping is allowed near the kite club with a charge. As for accommodation, it can be arranged by the kite club. Kleopatra hotel is also a great choice.
You can find other nice spots for kitesurfing near Preveza and Patras. If you have time, we highly recommend combining your holidays in Lefkada with a getaway to Drepano near Patras, kite there from 12.00 to 15.00 and then get back to the epic Dioni spot in Lefkada, and kite there from 18.00 until the sun goes down.
If the wind blows from the South, as it can happen in May, June, and September, you can go to a spot known only by locals, Alykes in Episkopos village, opposite Nefeli restaurant. Keep in mind though that this is not a spot to go with your family or if you haven’t practiced for a long time. At this spot, you have to get into the water from the right side of the shore. The wind usually blows towards the shore and there can be little waves. Keep in mind that the wind speed must be more than 5bft. This place doesn’t represent the beauty of Lefkada, but it’s a good option to kitesurf, explore the shipwreck that lies nearby, or just watch the yachts drifting by. In the winter, only locals go to this beach and very few tourists at the beginning or at the end of peak season.
WARNING: There are electric cables throughout the beach, so you need to be careful when you launch and land your kite. Also, don’t try to land your kite on the beach if it has fallen into the water and you haven’t been able to retrieve it. A local rider has lived such a terrifying experience and managed to survive, but that doesn’t mean that you have to push your luck.
Tip: If the wind blows from the East, you can go to the Paliambela spot (38.927931, 21.023895), 35km away from Lefkada town. There, you’ll find a strip of sand, on the one side of which you can ride on flat water.