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Vada to Castagneto Carducci: surfing and windsurfing

The surfers' heaven

The Etruscan Coast is not only culture and historical places, you can do many forms of sport, including surf and windsurf. This coast is well-known in all of Europe, because the libeccio wind and the waves are perfect to practise these sports. And around the surfers you have fantastic landscapes. You will be enchanted.

Pietrabianca, Vada
You can windsurf here in any weather conditions, hot winds and high and low pressure. Ideal conditions are hot afternoon winds, a calm sea and medium intensity wind suitable for the various disciplines. When there is a strong depression-generated wind this spot allows all surfers to choose their wave size and to gradually push further out to sea.

Type of sport: windsurfing
Level of difficulty: easy
How to get there:
From the north: Leave the A12 motorway (Genova – Rosignano) at the Livorno exit and proceed on the SS1 Aurelia bypass until this comes to an end. Take the panoramic ‘Romito’ road and, once past Quercianella, take the main SS1 Aurelia road and leave at Rosignano Marittimo. Continue on the SP13 / Via per Rosignano, and turn right at Polveroni. Turn left when you come to the SP39 Aurelia, continue for 1 km and turn right. From the south: Approaching Livorno on the main SS1 Aurelia road, take the Cecina Nord exit and head for Vada. Once through the village continue for another 1 km, then turn left.
Facilities: Public and private parking, beaches with facilities, restaurants and bars.

Le gorette, Cecina mare
The beach and the sea bed here are sandy with sporadic stretches of rock. During the summer period, in good weather conditions, there are good chances of a hot wind blowing with uniform velocity and duration. In low pressure conditions, the sirocco wind enters the small gulf, the only wind to arrive from the left; the libeccio and ponente/mistral winds arrive from the right; the former is onshore, while the mistral wind is usually sideshore. During the winter windsurfing is only possible when the sea is stormy. Conditions are the same as those during the summer. The offshore winds (tramontana – grecale - levante) are not suitable for going out to Le Gorette: the pinewood behind you means the wind is only felt out at sea, and continually changes direction and intensity.

Type of sport: windsurfing
Level of difficulty: intermediate
Facilities: Beach with facilities, restaurants and bars.
How to get there:
From the north: Leave the A12 motorway (Genova – Rosignano) at the Livorno exit and proceed on the SS1 Aurelia bypass until this comes to an end. Take the panoramic ‘Romito’ road and, once past Quercianella, take the main SS1 Aurelia road and leave at Rosignano Marittimo. Continue on the SP13 / Via per Rosignano, and turn right at Polveroni. Turn left when you come to the SP39 Aurelia, continue for 1 km and turn right. From the south: Approaching Livorno on the main SS1 Aurelia road, take the Cecina Nord exit and head for Vada. Once through the village continue for another 1 km, then turn left.

Marina di Castagneto, Donoratico
The beach and sea bed at Marina di Castagneto are sandy. This stretch of coastline is often swept by south winds which, despite their intensity, do not rough up the sea. This is therefore an excellent spot for disciplines like “Freestyle” which require strong winds and a calm sea. Water sports are not recommended, however, in west winds because the sea becomes very rough. The large beach area is safe for kitesurfing. These good, safe conditions and frequency of wind make Marina di Castagneto the most popular spot on the entire Etruscan Coast.

Type of sport: windsurfing and kitesurfing
Level of difficulty: easy
Facilities: Public and private parking, beaches with facilities, restaurants and bars.
How to get there:
From the north: Approaching on the main SS1 Aurelia road towards Grosseto, take the Donoratico exit and, at the roundabout, take Via della Marina which leads down to the sea.
From the south: Approaching on the main SS1 Aurelia road towards Livorno, take the Donoratico exit and, at the roundabout, take Via della Marina which leads down to the sea.
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