Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in El Zapillo Beach, Almeria, Andalusia Spain

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
Main wind direction:
West, Southwest
Best season:
October to April
Facilities on the spot:
School, showers, restrooms, snack bars
Almeria is a province of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, between Enix, Pechina and Nijar and it is located in the south east of Spain, facing the Mediterranean Sea. With mountain sierras, and more than 40 km / 25 mi sea coast terrain as well as numerous fortresses and vibrant cultural activity, Almeria is a great holiday destination.

Almeria has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and warm winters. It offers one of the sunniest, warmest and driest climate in Europe with low annually rainfall. With an average of 8,5 hours of daily sunshine, temperature varies from 26 to 30°C/78.80 to 86°F during summer and 15 to 19°C/59 to 66.20°F during winter.

El Zapillo beach is located about 10 mins away from the main city and is a favourite destination for both local and foreign kite surfers. As it is a large sandy beach with clear water, El Zapillo provides the sport enthusiasts with more than enough open space. Wind strength is about 1 to 3 Bft with April being the softest month and wind direction west to south west. Swell direction is west-south west, with waves about 1 m/3 ft, not outreaching 2 m/6 ft.

During the summer months, the beach is ultra crowded with bathers and there may be restrictions for water sports on the spot. However, from October to April, kite surfers can enjoy the empty beach and surf with stronger winds for extra fun. The beach is suitable for both beginner and advanced partitioner and there is a school operating on the spot that will provide you with all the necessary gear, infos and lessons. Kite surfers should be careful of bathers and wave breakers dotted along the coast.