We are Lilla&Gabor from Hungary. We started to travel around the World several years ago searching for good wind and nice kitespots. To be able to share our experiences and post pictures and movies about our adventures we started our Facebook page & Web site Follow The Wind
Like the migrating birds, we change our location according to the warm weather. Usually we spend the summer in Europe, so far mainly in Greece and for the winter time we fly a bit further; for example to Asia or to the Caribbean Islands.
After 7-8 seasons in Greece, where the wind conditions are really good and the forecasts are reliable, we decided to take the risk and visit another European country for a change. Our choise turned out to be Italy, because it is pretty close to us and we could fit all the gear in a car, take a ferry from Rome and ended up in Sicily after one and a half day of travelling. Soon we have realized that Lo Stagnone is the hidden paradise of kitesurfers!
There is a huge lagoon with knee to waist deep butter flat water. The wind is consistent and reliable. Every afternoon when the wind is coming from the North, comes the termic wind which picks up usually after 2 p.m. and lasts until the sun goes down. The locals say that the number of the avarage windy days in a year is around 300. It is quite hard to find a place like this in Europe, where the season is so long and what is even better that the temperture does not go under 20 Celsius until the end of October.
If you are more advanced and enjoy riding with surfboard, you can check out some beaches by the open see too. There is a spot with 1-2 meter waves only 10 minutes drive from the lagoon of Lo Stagnone.
This magical kite spot is located on the West side of Sicily, which part is not really known by tourists yet. People on holiday are mainly interested in visiting Catania and Palermo, because most of the tourist attractions are there. After you visited the Etna, took a walk in the beautiful city of Taormina and had a party in Palermo, we definitely suggest you to take a look at the West side of the island.
For those who like history and are fascinated by ancient greek temples, there is the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, what is almost a daily project to walk through or the smaller sight Segesta, where you can also find an amphitheater on the top of the mountains with wonderful view to the sea.
Another unmissable part of Sicily are the hidden beaches of the Castellamare Bay, where you can take the tracks of Zingaro National Park and have a refreshing walk in the nature until you reach one of the beaches with amazing emerald green water.
At the very West point of the island there is San Vito Lo Capo, which is literally the dream of all climbers. With its wild rocks and fascinating view to the sea this place is definitely worth a visit not only for those who love this kind of extremsport but for anyone who enjoys being close to the nature and get away from the overcrowded beaches. There is a camping, called El Bahira just at the foot of the rocks, where you can set up your tent or rent out a comfy mobile home or camper van for your stay.
If this little article made you wonder about joining us for the next summer, don’t hesitate too much! If you book your ticket in time, you can find very cheap flights to Palermo or to Trapani. There is also an airport on the East side in Catania, where you can rent a car and visit that part of the island before you start your kitesurfing holiday.