Castelldefels, for those who have not visited it, is a charming seaside town no more than 20 minutes train ride to the south of Barcelona. It boasts an expansive and beautiful sandy beach, and it is here that Barcelona’s first dedicated kitesurfing area has just been created. The sport is popular in Spain, where year round sunshine and safe waters make for perfect kite surfing conditions.
However, kitesurfing is banned in many areas for safety reasons, including along the shores of Barcelona. The sport consists of strapping one’s feet to a board, much like a surf or windsurf board, which is attached to a large kite that pulls the board along at great speed. Obviously, this can be very dangerous in an area where there are bathers in the water, or even where other water sports are taking place.
The area for kitesurfing in Castelldefels is found at La Pineda beach, where there is an office from where this activity is tightly managed. If you want to kitesurf here, first you’ll need to go to the office and obtain a permit, as well as a special colored life jacket to ensure your safety by making you highly visible to lifeguards and other people in the water. The office is located at 159-161 Paseo Marítimo, between 9th and 9th bis streets, inside the beach.
Kitesurfing at Castelldefels is only permitted from Monday to Friday (4 to 8 PM), not on the weekend, and only when conditions are suitable – i.e., when there is a wind speed greater than 15 knots. The season starts at the beginning of June and ends late September.
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