Best time to visit Greece

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in Greece

What can be more alluring than white sand, blue water and great waves? Only when you are standing on a board

Best time: May–September

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

With thousands of islands, there are also thousands of spots to enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing in Greece. During the summer months, various active water sports equipment can be rented almost anywhere. Some wind-sport opportunities may be found in Greece between May and September. The most steady and consistent winds are observed from June to August, so no wonder it's the most popular time.


There are some locations to enjoy kitesurfing in both the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea. Some of the best opportunities include Lemnos (Limnos) in the North Aegean. The Cyclades islands in the Central Aegean are praised for strong northern winds blowing there in the summer. The most popular choices are Paros and Naxos, but Mykonos and Santorini also offer some opportunities. In the South Aegean, the best options are Kos, Rhodes, and Karpathos. Additionally, the capital city of Athens might also be an option when it gets windy, which is most likely for its northern shores. In the meanwhile, the Ionian Sea coast boasts one major location—Lefkada island.


Speaking of windsurfing, most locations duplicate. Namely Lemnos, Paros, Naxos, Kos, Rhodes, Karpathos, and the northern coast of Athens, particularly the area of Artemida (Loutsa), and Lefkada. Other spots from the top ten include Andros and Heraklion (Iraklion) in Crete.

Lately, also surfing started to grow in popularity in Greece, and nowadays you can see more and more clubs opening on islands and mainland beaches.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Greece for windsurfing and kitesurfing?

For the most constant winds, the best time to visit Greece for windsurfing and kitesurfing is between June and August. This period is also the most popular for the water sports, even though they can be enjoyed from May to September. Show more

Where are the best spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Greece?

Popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing, are a range of Greek spots including Lemnos, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, Rhodes, Karpathos, Lefkada, and Athens. Opting for the Cyclades islands like Paros and Naxos, with their strong northern winds in summer, or Lefkada Island on the Ionian Sea coast for kitesurfing is recommended. Show more

Are there any rental shops for windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment in Greece?

Resorts and beaches in Greece offer rentals for windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment, which differ in cost depending on the location and type of kit. There are rental shops in various locations in the country, mainly in the popular locations where these water sports activities are abundant. Show more

Can I go surfing in Greece?

Greece isn't a prime surfing destination, but there's growing popularity in the country. Though surfing conditions, which depend on the season, location and weather, might not be ideal at all times. However, it's possible to come across some surfing clubs on islands and mainland beaches. Show more

Are there any other water sports activities I can try while in Greece?

Aside from windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing, tourists visiting Greece can enjoy several other water sports activities. These activities include wakeboarding, jet-skiing, water skiing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, which can be accessed through rental shops or tour operators around beaches and sea resorts. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych