If you're looking for somewhere to kite all year round in Europe, it's undoubtedly the Canary Islands. A group of Spanish archipelago located in front of the Moroccan coast. Spring throughout the year attracts millions of tourist from all over Europe, especially those from colder climates.
Tenerife, one of the islands, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, specifically for its spectacular volcanic scenery. As far as kitesurfing is concerned, it offers light wind condition and little waves or radical days with over 40 knots and two metres waves.
Strapless or twintip share a broad area that can be divided into three main sectors such as "el Muelle" suitable for wave-hunters, "la Bahia" for freeride and "el Rincon" at the bottom of the bay where you can go big as well as train unhooked.
Wind and Weather
The Canary Islands enjoy an exceptionally mild climate. Located on the Atlantic, just north of the tropic of cancer, a short distance from the African coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara, it is below the "trade-winds" called Aliseos, which are constant winds from the north-east around 25 knots.
Winter temperatures are around 19 degrees, and summer temperatures are around 25-30 degrees. In July and August, there is a higher chance of finding oneself immersed in a wave of desert heat from Africa called "Calima", but also strong winds over 35 knots. Rarely will it rain in the south of Tenerife while it will often rain in the northern part of the islands; odd.
The island of Tenerife is very well connected with the rest of Europe through its two airports and multiple seaports, giving the possibility of being reached from almost all of Europe with direct flights.
Once on the island, the central spot for kitesurfing, El Medano, is just 5 minutes away from the Tenerife south airports.
A rental car is the best solution if you want to get around and visit the island, but even buses and taxi are easily accessible. It's also possible to move between the islands with internal flights and ferries.
Food and Drink
El Medano has a variety of restaurants in town that offer tapas and beers for the majority of the day, and at night you can choose between Italian, Spanish, Canary and many others. Our locals fishing town has the best fresh fish ever!
El Medano is pretty active during the daytime and less at night, but there are a few pubs where you can spend the night listening to live music or having some drink somewhere! If you are looking for a proper party, you can reach the close town of Las Americas which hosts some of the best parties and nightlife
If you're unlucky and do not to find wind during your holidays in Tenerife, do not despair, you can explore the whole islands other adventures on quads, trekking routes, climbing, mountain biking or surfing.
Several surf spots are depending on the direction of the swell or at calm sea; you can go diving and explore Tenerife marine life!
An island with 15 different microclimates, just waiting to be discovered!
All the islands have an adequate internet connection
El Medano has been a destination for watersports lovers for decades. From hotels to hostels to independents apartments, depending on the season you choose, prices can vary, but more or less will always remain affordable for most people.
I recommend organising some time in advance to secure an apartment in the small town of El Medano or sea view just behind the kiteboarding spot.
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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Tenerife?
Playa Sur is the most popular spot and enjoys a good mix of flatter water and waves. When it gets windy, it can get choppy on the inside.
- Wind: Cross on from the left
- Waves: little or choppy
- Shorebreak: Small
When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Tenerife?
The windy months to go kitesurfing in Tenerife are January, February, March, June, July, August, September, November, December
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Kitesurfing Videos and News in Tenerife
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15-year-old Lorenzo Casati slaying waves in Tenerife.
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Kids these days! Watch Jeremy Burlando and the crew session at a 'secret' spot in Tenerife.