The Costa Brava, Spain is blessed with a typical Mediterranean climate, giving you access to one of the biggest natural playgrounds for adrenalin enthusiasts. Extreme Sports Cafe's partner Spanish Windsurfing centre is located in L'Escala on the Costa Brava and wind surfing lessons are held in the Bay of Roses from May till end of Sept. The Bay of Roses is a paradise for learning and practicing all sorts of water sports and is an ideal location to learn windsurfing.
An important fishing town and holiday resort, L'Escala is located at the southern end of the Bay of Roses on the Costa Brava coastline of Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. L'Escala is one of the smaller holidays resorts in the Costa Brava/Catalonia region - it is not far from the border with France and is perfect for families and independent holidaymakers wanting to avoid the mass-market package holiday resorts. You will soon discover that L'Escala is an excellent base to discover the mostly unspoiled northern Costa Brava, beautiful beaches, art, historic monuments, nature parks and one of Spain's most important wild bird reserves is situated a few miles to the north of town.
The area around L'Escala is ideal for sports enthusiasts and there are plenty of facilities for water sports lovers including sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and jet-skiing, other sports also well-catered for include fishing, walking, cycling and golfing.
The well-known Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol coasts enjoy the warmer Mediterranean waters (over 20C in summer) and have miles of superb beaches that make these areas the most appealing to both visitors and expats alike. Wind surfing in the Bay of Roses is superb. From March to October the bay is blessed with great thermal side-onshore winds from 10 knts +, while the famous Tramontana blowing strongest in the spring and autumn can produce winds ranging from 20 knts up to 70-80 knts. Your best chances of catching the thermal winds are between May and September.
The Wind surfing courses vary with the level of requirement, teaching beginner windsurfing courses to have you up and windsurfing in no time to intermediate wind surfing courses pushing people into the harness and getting on a smaller board, to the more advanced like learning that first forward loop!
There is a small bay well sheltered from waves and wind making it an ideal beginners centre for sailing and windsurfing throughout the day as well as for water skiing in the morning and evening. Once out of the protection of the small bay, towards the centre of the main bay of Roses, it is fully open to the sea and the wind so on a good summer day, the thermal wind can reach up to 4 or even 5 on the Beaufort scale.
Windsurfing Courses and Experiences in L'Escala Costabrava Spain with Extreme Sports Cafe
This windsurfing course is 3 sessions of instruction 1x 2hrs & 2x 1.5Hrs. Instruction is adapted to suit each individual wind surfing students requirements.
This windsurfing course is 5 sessions of instruction 1x 2hrs & 4x 1.5Hrs. Instruction is adapted to suit each individual wind surfing students requirements.
This windsurfing course is 2hrs of instruction to improve or advance on any skills you wish. Instruction is adapted to suit each individual wind surfing students requirements.
Windsurfing Courses include:
- Wind surfing Equipment (Except Private Lesson).
- Most boards in the fleet are Hifly
- Qualified Windsurfing Instructors. FCV, RFEV, RYA, WDVS, VDS...
- Safety boats.
- Buoyancy aid. (Obligatory).
- Harness - when necessary.
- Wetsuit available on request.
- Liability Insurance.
Windsurfing Courses Notes
- Wind surfing Course prices are not based on course content, which is adapted to the individual level, but on the windsurfing course duration.
- All sailing courses follow the standards of the FCV (Catalan Sailing Federation) and the ISSA (International Sailing Schools Association). At the end of the course you can obtain the ISSA Logbook. In it you register all your courses and sailing experience. This is of use if you go to another school for showing your experience or progression or if ever you wish to rent a sailing boat / board. The logbook has an extra cost of €10.
- Extreme Sports Cafes partner Spanish Wind surfing School offers windsurfing courses initially build on six progressive levels: A, B, C, D, E & F. The first three being for basic initiation and the second three for advanced initiation. Once over the phase of initiation (A,B,C) the windsurfer is ready to join the “Fun” of the funboards.
- There are another three levels of funboard courses: Basic, Advanced and Expert. Each of the wind surfing courses are in lessons of one and a half hours or two hours.
- Advanced & expert sailors can also book private wind surfing lessons in order to work on specific tackling’.
The beginner’s wind surfing equipment is mainly composed of HiFly boards. Steady and easy to handle they provide fun and are perfect for learning. They can be equipped -depending on the wind strength, own level of expertise and weight- with different rigs from 2,5 to 5,5 square meters. This windsurfing equipment is available at the school on the beach in the bay sheltered from wind and waves.
Towards the centre of the bay of Roses conditions are more suited for experienced windsurfers. For Experts there is a variety of more sophisticated kit with many different rigg’s and short boards -lengths between 2.60 to 3.60 mts.- mostly from HiFly, Starboard and Tiga.
Windsurfing Equipment Hire Includes;
- Buoyancy aid/Life jacket. (Obligatory).
- Harness windsurf/sailing - when necessary.
- Wetsuits available on request.
- Liability Insurance.
L’Escala - Costa Brava Spain
The arrival of tourism to the region in the 1960's and 1970's brought new visitors to L'Escala and though still a relatively small resort it attracts significant numbers of holiday-makers. The old town which retains much of its traditional atmosphere, has a decent selection of shops, bar and restaurants, there are also 2 small beaches which can get very busy during the summer season. The more modern Riells area of the town can be reached by way of the seafront promenade and here you will find a larger beach together with a marina and plenty of facilities with additional shops, bars and restaurants. The Riells area of L'Escala is most favored by International visitors while most Spanish tourists head for the old town area.
- The area around L'Escala is ideal for sports enthusiasts. If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, then you won't be spoilt for choice. The area is scattered with remnants of a thousand cultures, medieval buildings and structures, Romanesque legacy and heritage and surprising cultural and festive events.
Bay of Roses - Costa Brava Spain
- The Bay of Roses and the coastline beyond it offer an unparalleled choice of beaches - from long stretches of fine sand with every tourist facility imaginable to charming un-spoilt coves nestling at the foot of the cliffs. Many of the most popular beaches consistently earn the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety standards are high with lifeguard patrols and buoy-marked bathing areas.
- The area surrounding area is covered with extensive natural parks and nature reserves, awash with the bright colour of sunflowers during the summer months. Add kilometer after kilometer of sandy beach, beautiful small fishing ports, and a backdrop of the Pyrenees, snow-capped during the spring months, the scenery really is breathtaking.
- The arts also play a major part in the Catalan tradition with Salvador Dali having grown up and lived in and around the Bay of Roses. In the main town of Figueres stands his most famous museum, which was designed by him and displays his most famous works. Even if you are not an art fanatic it's really worth the visit.
Accommodation - L’Escala Spain
Although L'Escala has more than seven kilometers of sea front, this is one of the towns with the least hotel capacity on the Costa Brava. This is an inconvenience for the tour operators but is also the reason why there are no big crowds in summer. There aren't many hotels and none of them can accommodate more than 150 guests, but there are a large number of apartments and villas to rent as well as campsites.
Getting There - L’Escala Spain
There is no train station in L’Escala so Taxi or Bus is the best way to get here if you do not have your own transport. From Barcelona, Girona and Figueres you have buses to L'Escala from the bus company S.A.R.F.A.