We heart a lot about surfing Hyères but also mixed information on where to surf and to kite.
There are supposed to be 250 wind days in this part of France but we have bad luck. Almost no wind for kite surfing. This is why we decided to learn to surf a foil.
So there are two kite spots.
Kitesurfing is forbidden except for two spots. One on the eastsite north from the airport and one on the westside. The wind comes mostly from the west but even when the wind is east you can kitesurf so this is cool. Both areas have a smaller, area but still plenty of room, to setup and launch your kite. Then you have to stay between the yellow buoyens till you are 300 meters from the beach. There you can kite where you feel like.
Plage de l’ Almanarre
This beach on the west side of the peninsula locates a kite beach where you can safely launch your kite. Plenty of space reserved for kite surfing.
The wind seems most of the time to come from the west. So onshore on this beach.
The sandy beach is getting deep within 20 meters. So no shallow knee deep kite surfing here. But the water is crystal clear. After you launch the kite you need to get out of the by buoyens demarcated 300 meter area. From there you are free to go.
Parking is done next to the road but officially motor homes are not allowed. We parked ours everyday without a problem.
There are no facilities at this strip so bring your own food and drinks.
Beware: The rumor has it that kites get stolen a lott here. Our bikes, although chained to the truck were stolen here!
Le Gapeau on the east side
On the east side, north of the airport is a kite spot too. Same system as on the west side for launching and kiting.
Plenty of parking space, but only for vehicles not higher then 1.9 meters. On the roadside are a couple of large places to park big rigs next to the road behind a bus stop in front of Hotel de la Mer – Restaurant Tom CARIANO.
The water is deep, but no waves.
This area has trees and shadow and a nearby tourist village to buy beverages.