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Mondial du Vent, Leucate 2022
26th April 2022 - 1st May 2022
Mondial du Vent
“Madame, bear in mind that princes govern all things–save the wind.”
Once again, Leucate opens its door for a week to lovers of the sea, the waves and the wind. All the extreme sports meet up for the 2022 edition of this yearly event.
On the programme this year will be funboard, kitesurf, sail-carting, kite flying, wingfoil and Kitefoil… and many related forms of entertainment throughout the week, with a bit of help from the Tramontane of course.
In 2020, the event was cancelled, in 2021 only athletes and their teams could attend so this year, the 25th anniversary and with Covid restrictions finally eased, the event is sure to be bigger and better than ever before.
The best riders in the world will be on stage with an amazing array of watersports: windsurfing and kitesurfing demonstrations and the first ever Wingfoil World Cup.
The village de la glisse will be bursting with stands, merchandise, activities and workshops. Test your skills on the InfintityWave, an artifical yet environmentally friendly wave machine, throw some shapes in the skate & bike parks, reach dizzy hieghts on the climbing wall… and much, much more!
On top of the excitement during the day, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down… in fact, it just keeps getting better. Enjoy live concerts and DJ sets on the Friday and Saturday nights, followed by an impressive firework display to finish off the proceedings (Saturday 10pm).
About La Franqui
The north wind, the wind of good weather, blows with a vengeance at La Franqui.
Augustus, first of the Roman Caesars, defied it and it is still much worshipped by windsurf and sand yacht fanatics, bringing thousands of extreme water sport fanatics to Leucate and La Franqui every year.
Originally a small fishing village, La Franqui has grown into a successful holiday resort sheltering under its white limestone cliffs on top of which the semaphore of Leucate surveys the seas from the Carmargue to the Spanish border.
Not only windsurfers but flamingos and a highly productive oyster industry make good use of the waters of the lagoon that lies south of the town. Access to the oyster fishing huts that line the narrow waterway between the lagoon and the sea is from the D627 road that runs from Leucate to Barcarès. Turn off at the sign to the Centre Conchylicole. Almost all the huts offer tasting menus of the freshest and plumpest oysters imaginable, ideally accompanied by a chilled glass of crisp local white wine. They also sell oysters and conveniently pre-cleaned mussels to take home.
Leucate beach is long and sandy. On the beach itself, each year from mid June till the end of August a couple of restaurants rebuild themselves on wooden stilts. Oysters (of course) feature on the deliciously tempting menus as do a la planxa fish and gambas. A good wine list compliments both the food and the view half way to Africa.
There are wonderful walks to be had over the cliffs. There is a ruined castle to explore, jazz and other concerts take place within its crumbling walls. The Corbieres hills, the immensity of the beaches and the white cliffs plunging into “La Grande Bleue” all add to the magic that is to be discovered exactly 30km from both Perpignan and Narbonne at La Franqui/ Leucate.