Gigantic kites at the Festival du Vent in Portiragnes

Festival du Vent in Portiragnes

Every year in September, the most beautiful and gigantic kites hover over the beach of Portiragnes. During the Festival du Vent the colourful shapes wave at you from afar. You can even see the pros in action, battling for the European Cup Kite Freestyle. A fun day out for the whole family!

Up in the air

We arrived just before noon at “Plage de la Rivierette” (Plage Ouest) in Portiragnes to have our first look at the Festival du Vent. A festival completely dedicated to kites! Our kids had brought their own ‘cerfs-volants’, and immediately launched theirs into the air as well, inspired by all the amazing kites around us.

Festival du Vent in Portiragnes

Most beautiful creations

After our picnic, the wind grew stronger, and more and more kites went up into the sky. The most beautiful creations danced above us: monsters, fish, a whale, bears and a giant crab walked high over the beach. I especially liked the octopuses, with their long tentacles floating in the air. All Very impressive! The kids only had eyes for their own kites though…

Festival du Vent in Portiragnes

Crazy stuff

The European Freestyle Championship was also held during the Festival du Vent. And it was great to see what crazy stuff some people can do with their kites. Our oldest son brought his mini freestyle kite to practice, but he still has a long way to go. If you are around, it is a super day out with plenty to see and do for the whole family. Highly recommended for next year!

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