The wind seasons in Apulia
The wind seasons in Apulia also depend on the geographical characteristics of the Salento Peninsula, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea for about 80 km, narrowed to the west by the Otranto Channel in the Adriatic Sea and to the east by the Ionian Sea.
Located in a strategic point of the Mediterranean, Puglia is exposed to the west to the Mistral and Tramontana, the fresh northern currents flow naturally along the Adriatic Sea and in the channel of Otranto increase their strength. A bit like the force of a water jet increases when you obstruct its exit with your finger (Venturi effect).
The Ionian coast, on the other hand, is the one most exposed to the fury of the Sirocco, the stormy southern currents coming from Africa that bring waves and strong winds to the Salento coast.
These are the two prevailing winds that alternate during the year and determine different wind seasons in Salento.
The northern winds are typical of the summer season, they usually occur regularly from May to September, 4-5 days of wind per week with an average intensity of 15/18 knots. Also for this reason Puglia and Salento in particular are a tourist destination for lovers of water sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing.
During the summer season the thermal winds are stronger and regular in the area of Torre San Giovanni with west wind intensity between 14 and 18 knots; between San Foca and Frigole the thermal blows with ESE wind that can reach 20 knots but has a more rare frequency.
The southerly winds are typical of autumn and spring, to be more precise the possibility of sirocco is higher in the months of October, November, December, March and April, these winds of disturbance last from 2 to 4 days and are characterized by strong winds between 20 and 35 knots, exceptionally even more intense. As I said before they are accompanied by swells with waves ranging from 2 to 4 meters.
In recent years, thanks to the work of communication of the various Asd as Locals Crew a.s.d. operating in the area, the regional program of tourism promotion and the foresight of some hotel owners. Many lovers of water sports have discovered Puglia as a tourist destination even out of season. Deseasonalizing the tourist offer just with outdoor tourism.
I hope that this article on “the seasons of wind in Salento” has been useful to decide the period of your next sports vacation in Puglia, for any info you can contact Locals Crew Salento or Locals Salento Kitesurf.