WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: April – September
Avg Air Temp: 25 – 30°C / 77 – 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 23°C / 73°F
Restaurant Meal: €10-20
Accommodation: €10-50 p.p.p.n.
Just an hour from Milan and home of Italian Freestyle Champion, Stefano Martinelli, you can be sure you’ll pack in the riding time on Lake Como. Mix your kitesurfing trip with beautiful food, historical site visits and there’s also a cable park filled with kickers and sliders just a ten minute bike ride from Colico.
Third inline to Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, Lake Como is the next biggest expanse of inland water in Italy. Shaped like an inverted ‘Y’; Colico town sits at the far north of the lake, Como at the southwest point and Lecco at the southeast point. You can kite directly off the kite beach in Colico. The water is fairly flat but the wind isn’t as consistent and clean as in the middle of the lake. It’s still good for riding, but the KTS40 guys will take you out to the centre of the lake for the best wind with their ‘lift’ service so you can concentrate on your riding without having to worry about staying upwind or getting back to the beach. The day ends in the best possible way: with a nice seven or eight kilometre downwinder before getting picked up.
WIND, WEATHER & WATER
The ‘Breva’ is an incredibly regular thermal wind. Blowing from the south and kicking in around midday it often continues through to the evening. Expect an average of 15 - 18 knots almost every day from spring through to early autumn. Stronger in spring and decreasing slightly in the height of summer, the general rule is that if the sun’s out and the wind direction is from the south, the thermic wind will turn on and you’ll be in business.
Spring air temperatures are between 15 - 25°C / 59 - 77°F, rising to 20 - 30°C / 68 - 86°F in the summer. In the summer evenings take a light sweatshirt if you’re strolling around the city. Spring water temps: 17 - 20°C / 63 - 68°F, rising to 23 - 24°C / 73 - 75°F in the summer. You’ll need a 5/3 wetsuit for the spring and just a shorty in the summer.
There are plenty of options, from apartments and hotels to B&Bs and camp grounds. You'll find an extensive list of options in Colico on the www.kts40.com website. For apartment rentals visit: www.labreva.com
KTS40 teach all levels every day from April to October. An official test centre for Best and Airush, they offer a full rental service and collaborate with the Kite Tech shop for gear sales, also selling ProLimit accessories alongside Best and Airush. Operating a boat service, they also have a restaurant.
Languages spoken by staff: English, Italian and German.
+39 320 462 7996
KTS40 CABLE PARK
Via al Confine, Colico
+39 334 586 7697
There are popular tourist spots all round the lake, all linked to the north by ferry connections and worth a visit. KTS40 also run their own boat tour service. Ride the KTS40 cable park filled with kickers and sliders (open until midnight and often host BBQ nights!) or rent canoes or SUPs from them. Colico also has a go-kart track, or for more peaceful times, the surrounding area is rich in historical sites like Fuentes and Montecchio forts and the Abbey of Piona in Colico.
If you’re staying in Colico you can reach everything on foot or by bike. The town centre is just 200 metres from the KTS40 school and the beach is close to the hotels and restaurants. The cable is a little further, but still only ten minutes on a bike. If you want to visit the bigger towns of Como, Lecco or the others around the lake, take the ferry boat that passes through Colico each day.
Euro (€) - £1 = €1.3 / US$1 = €0.8
FOOD & DRINK
Colico is one of the most pleasant areas of the lake and is a decent sized town with a population of 8,000 and four different supermarkets, a wide selection of restaurants and there are pubs and clubs in the town. In the summer the area is busy with tourists and there’s a great holiday atmosphere. Some of the really local restaurants cook beautiful local food styles.
Colico is an hour from Milan and its airports: Malpensa (MXP), Orio al Serio (BGY) or Linate (LIN). KTS40 offer airport transfers with reservations.
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