“Are you going surfing in Sardinia? But are there any waves in the Mediterranean?” I don’t even know how many times I heard this when I mentioned to friends and acquaintances that I was going to take boards on my trip to Sardinia.
Yes, there are waves in the Mediterranean, and they can even reach a reasonable size. However, the period in which the waves reach surfable conditions is considerably shorter than those to which we are possibly accustomed.
In Sardinia, it’s normal for the swell to last one to two days and then calm down again and leave the local surfers thirsty for more.
But how are there waves in the Mediterranean?
Waves on the ocean surface are usually formed by wind. When wind blows, it transfers the energy through friction. The faster the wind, the longer it blows, or the farther it can blow uninterrupted, the bigger the waves. Therefore, a wave’s size depends on wind speed, wind duration, and the area over which the wind is blowing (the fetch). This variability leads to waves of all shapes and sizes.Ocean – Smithsonian Institute
Thus, despite being an “inner” sea, the Mediterranean is not without wind and even storms, which, depending on their intensity, generate waves.
Because the Mediterranean Sea is not as extensive as the others, like the Atlantic, for example, the wind doesn’t gain the speed or travel the length necessary to form huge waves or for a long time.
The best beaches for surfing in Sardinia
That said, the best waves in Sardinia will depend on which side the low pressures and wind direction are, with the safest bet being the west side of the island.
Here are the best-known waves and beaches to surf in Sardinia to find out where to go.
- Silver Rock
- Porto Ferro
- La Speranza
- Sa Mesa Longa
- Capo Mannu
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How to get to Sardinia with surfboards
Sardinia is not exactly a surfing destination par excellence in Europe, so don’t be surprised to be the only person carrying a surfboard at the airport, especially if traveling in the low season.
Other than that, precautions are always the same: pack the boards well and rent a car with the capacity to transport them.
There are two main airports on the island: Cagliari (to the south) and Alghero (to the north).
Cagliari airport is the largest and receives the most flights, including those from mainland Italy. Therefore, if you are coming from far away, you may have to stop over in another Italian city before reaching Sardinia.
On the other hand, if you come from other European countries and want to travel cheaper, Ryanair works with direct flights to Alghero. At least that’s how I arrived from Portugal.
Opt for smaller and ” fatter” boards because the waves here are generally not as big or challenging as in other destinations. And remember to take all the tips of places to visit, so if you are unlucky and don’t catch any good swell during your visit, you will be fine.
If you are really going for the sole purpose of surfing on that island, follow the forecast for the region and choose to stay longer than just one week. Then, you’ll have a bigger chance of success.
As in all trips that have surfing in the mix, and because we are still traveling at a time when Covid-19 is looming, be sure to take travel insurance. Opt for IATI’s, and because you are a Marlene On The Move reader, you get a 5% discount on your policy.
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