ION CLUB GOLF DE ROSES
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Golf de Roses, Girona, Spain
Season : 1st of April till 12th of October 2020
THE Windsurf & Kitesurf Spot at the Costa Brava. A spot featuring the Tramuntana wind from the Pyrenees and steady sea breezes in the summer months. The long sandy Bay of Roses, on the Mediterranean coast, only 30 km away south of the French border, has been a favourite spot for windsurfers for decades.
The ION CLUB Golf de Roses centre, at the southern end of the bay is situated between Sant Pere Pescador and L'Escala. The ION CLUB centre is located in the 4-star campsite and bungalow park La Ballena Alegre Costa Brava. The campsite will be the venue this year again for the PWA Worldcup event taking place right beside the ION CLUB centre.
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« Golf de Roses – for me the perfect destination for the whole family.
My favourite place to see the wind hitting the wild coast is definitely the Lighthouse in the natural parc „Cap de Creus“! Small bays and a coastline path from France up to Barcelona for Nature lovers, bikers & hikers. Water parcs and Skydiving – Wine tasting and Golf. The Costa Brava has so much to offer! The Prepyrenees in the back offering all kind of mountain activities such as trekking, canoeing, climbing, downhill biking and of course winter sports. The culinary variety and quality starting from „Pà amb Tomaquet amb Anxoves“ from L‘Escala.
You should at least once take a SUP and paddle out into the rising sun ! »
the spot in Golf de roses
Golf de Roses is not only a perfect choice for a family vacation but has also a lot to offer to couples and groups. Several sand banks in the water turn the spot into a semi-shallow water area with the huge fine sandy beach sloping gently into the water. In the morning, when the wind is light, the spot is a paradise for kids and beginners. Our motivated professional instructors teach children from the age of 6 upwards. Light rigs and stable boards make their first attempts “easy-peasy”. Thanks to the cross-onshore wind nobody can drift; nevertheless our life boat is always ready. Here, beginners, intermediates and experienced windsurfers can easily make progress. In the high season months (July and August) signs and buoys clearly mark the windsurfing and kitesurfing areas so that nobody gets in each others way. Swimmers can enter the water on the left hand side of the windsurf zone.
Since summer 2018, ION CLUB Golf de Roses opened a new windsurfing-center called: PRO CENTER. The new PRO CENTER is open during the month July/August from 10:00 to 18:00, the place is dedicated to windsurf only and is about 4 minutes’ walk from the main ION CLUB centre where you will find the surfshop, kitesurf & stand up paddle division and windsurf lessons in the mornings. When the thermic wind is picking up, windsurfers can ride far away from kite surfers and that makes our spot even safer. During high season all windsurf rental and afternoon lessons take place there. It is also The Place To Be if you want to practise Wind Foil, which you can rent here.
May, June, July, August, September
In the warmer months, a thermal wind from the south east is the main wind in the Bay of Roses. The “Tramontana” from the north normally blows in the cooler months, however, it can also create strong winds in midsummer for days. In front of the ION CLUB center it blows sideshore from the left. From May to September, the thermal wind is very reliable. While in the mornings there are usually light winds which offer the perfect conditions for kids, in the afternoon, it mostly increases and can reach up to 6 bft.
On good days, impressive waves build up near the shore.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
From Barcelona or Girona
With your own or your rental car you can get to the ION CLUB Center via the Highway (Autopista AP 7, French boarder - Barcelona).
Coming from France or from the Airports Girona (45 minutes) or Barcelona (1.5 hours), in any case you have to take the Exit 5, L'Escala / Empuries”.
Then take road G1-623 direction L'Escala for approximately 20 km.
Just before arriving in L'Escala you will find a roundabout (right-hand side: Tourism office)* on which you take the left turn to "St. Marti d'Empuries"/ Platjas de St Pere Pescador", from now on you are not anymore taking the road to L'Escala.
Now always straight, after 1km you will see the village St Marti d'Empuries on your right-hand side. At this little roundabout continue straight.
You will drive over a little bridge and now you can see already the big yellow signs of the Camping “la Ballena Alegre Costa Brava”, this is the first camping on the right side. The ION CLUB Golf de Roses is situated on the right end of the Camping (view towards the sea).
If you are not housed in one of the bungalows of the Camping La Ballena Alegre, but in one of the hotels in the area, then please read the instructions for parking here:
During the off-season you can drive with your car onto the camping site premises because the camping site is not in use, and park directly behind the ION CLUB center. The barrier at the reception will open automatically. Follow the signs inside the camping area. During the high-season the camping site is open. You cannot enter by car if you're not a client of the camping site. As an ION CLUB guest you park your car at the parking in front of the reception free of charge if you present your voucher at the reception of the Camping la Ballena Alegre. You can walk through the camping site towards the ION CLUB centre (only 5 minutes walk).
COVID-19 informations : Please, before your arrival, download & sign this document : Normas Seguridad
You will need it, to enter in the camping site.
Camping la Ballena Alegre, 17470 Sant Pere Pescador, Girona, Spain
WHAT TO DO AROUND GOLF DE ROSES ?
Cap de Creus
Natural parc and the Lighthouse
Castell de Montgrí
Hiking with spectacular views (best for Sunrise or Sunset)
Girona – Oldtown
A nice “Pueblo blanco” nearby definitely worth a visit.
Via Ferrata – Sant Feliu de Guixols
Climbing at the coastline
A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 16 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
When is the best time to travel to GOLF DE ROSES?
If you are not depending on the holidays we recommend to visit us during the low season. May, June and late September can still be perfectly stable weatherwise but the region is not as crowded as in July and August!
How is the weather in low season?
Whilst we have warm and stable mediterranean weather from June until the end of September, the weather in low season (April/May/October/November) can be more alternating due to general weather conditions. Warm and sunny days are as possible as phases of strong tramuntana or garbí. Days can get colder then and strong rainfalls are possible. Normally they never last too long though.
Is the Spot adapted for Beginner/ Advanced riders?
Golf de Roses is a perfect all around spot for all kind of levels. During the most common thermal wind condition the wind is gradually picking up during the day. The gentle morning breeze is perfect for windsurf beginners. Conditions are particularly good for kids and also for stand up paddling we recommend the mornings as the water is flat and calm. The wind is particularly constant, which is perfect for learning and improving your kitesurfing skills and having a perfect windsurf session in the afternoon. On the other side we can have more gusty strong wind phases like Garbí with relatively flat water conditions or Tramuntana where the water state also changes due to the perfectly side-shore from the left wind, leaving you with small waves breaking by the beach and perfect Bump and Jump conditions further out, the windswell can be quite impressive.
At what age kids can start to learn wind-/ kitesurf?
We offer special windsurf courses for kids between 6 – 11 years (they need to be able to swim at least for 15 minutes). The participation in collective kitesurf courses is requiring a minimum age of 12 years and a minimum weight of 50 kg. Private lessons are already possible with 10 years and minimum 35 kilos. We are also offering a special programme « Surf’n’Play » where children between 8 – 14 years can taste a bit of all the watersports of our programme.
Is Golf de Roses mainly a Destination for families ?
Our Spot has a lot to offer. Its great variety of sports, culture, nature and culinaric make it the perfect location for either families, couples, singles or groups.
What’s the best way to travel to GOLF DE ROSES?
Beside the very well connected Airports of Barcelona and Gerona, there is also the great connection to Figueres trainstation with either TGV (fast connection to Barcelona/Madrid/Marseille/Paris) or the regional trains. The most common and easiest way to move locally is by car (Camping/ Rentalcar).
Do i have to reserve in advance?
We absolutely recommend to book your sports progamme at ION CLUB GdR in advance. Like this you can be sure to get a place in a course or to get exactly the equipment you want to rent especially during high season (Mid June – Mid September)
Which sizes of kites/ sails should I bring? During summer the most common sizes during thermal conditions for a person of 80kg would be between 6.2-8.3 m² and 105-133 litres in windsurf. For kitesurf recommended sizes for a person with 80 kg would be between 10m² - 15m².
Do you have the possibility to store my equipment?
We do have the possibility to store your kite equipment. We recommend to reserve a box in advance. Unfortunately we don’t have the possibility to store your windsurfgear.
Can I assist at ION CLUB GdR activities if I am not staying at the Campsite ?
The ION CLUB Golf de Roses is open to everyone. If you are staying outside of the Camping la Ballena Alegre we’ll provide you with a bracelet/ voucher which allows you to move across the Campsite.
What happens if there is no wind?
If conditions for courses are not acceptable your course will be postponed to the next day, or if possible to another hour the same day.
Where can I park my car?
In front of the reception of the Camping la Ballena Alegre there is a parking for visitors. As a guest of ION CLUB GdR we will provide you with a voucher which allows you to park for free during 3 hrs every time you enter to attend your course/ rent material.
Can I use the facilities of the Campsite B.A. as a guest of ION CLUB GOLF DE ROSES ?
As a guest of ION CLUB GdR you and your family/ travel partners are allowed to use the facilities of the camping sitefor the length of your course/ rental. We will provide you with bracelets which you have to wear during that time.
Do you provide supervision for children?
We do not provide supervision for small kids and do not take responsibility. However we are happy for your kids/ partners to stay in our Surflounge if they can look after themselves, and enjoy the daily lifestyle at our Surfschool. There’s also the OASIS Surfbar just next to our center where they can find snacks and refreshments.
Are there special places to visit around?
Golf de Roses is located near Barcelona in the south, the french border and the Natural Parc Cap de Creus in the north, right at the beautiful coast with either our long sandy bay, or small hidden bays along the coast and the Prepyrinees in the back. There are plenty of activities and places to visit for every kind of interest and our team is always happy to recommend you our favourites! Just ask us!