Kitesurfing in l’Espiguette
With a huge area to rig up and shallow water for a good way out, l’Espiguette is a great spot for beginners. Despite the dominant summer south-westerlies, you need to be wary of the wind switching to offshore. The 600 m trek across the sand means you won’t see many windsurfers.
Kitesurfing - l'Espiguette
Best Time of Year
Summer Water Temp
|22°C > 25°C
Winter Water Temp
|11°C > 14°C
Strong current when the Rhône is high.
What’s the wind forecast at l’Espiguette beach over the next 5 days?
|Montpellier (33 min)
There's plenty of parking at the beach, although there's a €6 per day charge in the summer holiday season. Campervans beware, 2 m height restrictions apply.
From Le Grau du Roi, take the Route de l’Espiguette (D255) until you see the sign for Camping de l’Espiguette. Turn right at the roundabout and follow the road for 1 km. Just before you reach the campsite entrance, take the dirt road on the left towards the beach. There’s a height restriction barrier over the road.
l'Espiguette Kitesurfing Gallery
L’Espiguette is an excellent spot with straightforward kiting conditions and plenty of space along the 10 km beach. Being an official kite zone, it can get busy in the summer.
Accessing the spot
From the carpark there’s a good 600 m of sand to walk across before reaching the kite spot. Walk up the beach, with the sea on your right, until you reach the sign that marks the end of the supervised area. Drop your stuff and have a well-deserved drink!
You can touch the bottom until you’re nearly 200 m out, and even further out than that, you’ll notice some sandbanks just under the surface. The sea is generally pretty calm and there’s little in the way of hazards except for a strong current if heavy rainfall swells the Rhône.
L’Espiguette is ideal for kitesurfing. The beach is immense with no obstructions making it suitable for kitesurfers of all abilities. The beach is 10 km long and 6-700 m wide; plenty of space to rig up and get to grips with flying your kite.
In summer, the swimmers and sunbathers concentrate around the lifeguard tower. A supervised swimming zone extends for 500 m up the beach. Kiting is restricted to areas outside of this zone. The lifeguards patrol up and down the beach, but they’re a friendly bunch, so if in doubt just ask, they’ll be pleased to point you in the right direction.
L’Espiguette is renowned for its summertime south-westerly thermal wind. From May onwards, the wind picks up towards midday and on hot days can reach 16 knots. L’Espiguette is kiteable in almost any wind direction. From Autumn to spring, the tramontana north-westerly hits this spot occasionally and the more westerly it is, the bigger the waves. In strong winds, 1 metre waves are possible. A north to north-westerly Mistral regularly sweep through as well, but it blows off-shore and doesn’t generate any waves. In winter, you can also get a south to south-easterly low-pressure wind.