Travel Guide

Where to go in September/October

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Guide to Ager, Spain

Guide to Ager, Spain

A Spanish free-flying paradise on the edge of the Pyrenees

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Guide to Aguergour and Ait Ourir, Morocco

Guide to Aguergour and Ait Ourir, Morocco

Aguergour in Morocco is an affordable winter retreat for weatherbeaten European free fliers

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Guide to Andalucia, Spain

Guide to Andalucia, Spain

Andalucia in southern Spain is flyable all year round. Come and enjoy sunshine and thermals when the rest of Europe is still in winter

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Guide to Bassano, Italy

Guide to Bassano, Italy

Bassano del Grappa, on the southern edge of the Alps, is often protected from bad weather. With its big grassy launches and huge landing fields it’s a great option for spring or autumn flying

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Guide to Bir, India

Guide to Bir, India

Bir is a Tibetan colony in northern India. Come here pre- or post-monsoon and fly the front ridge of the mighty Himalayas – or back into the big peaks

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Guide to Bright, Australia

Guide to Bright, Australia

Banish the northern winter blues and give your year the perfect kickstart at one of Australia’s best and most accessible flying sites

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Guide to Canungra, Australia

Guide to Canungra, Australia

Canungra offers year-round flying, an easy infrastructure for going cross country and a vibrant social scene

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Guide to Castejon de Sos, Spain

Guide to Castejon de Sos, Spain

Castejon de Sos is in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees. You can fly here all year

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Guide to Cervinia, Italy

Guide to Cervinia, Italy

A relatively unknown Alpine treasure with impressive mountain flying, Cervinia offers big flights for pilots of all levels

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Guide to Chamonix, France

Guide to Chamonix, France

Chamonix is one of the most dramatic and picturesque flying locations in Europe and the adventure sports capital of Europe

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Guide to Chelan, USA

Guide to Chelan, USA

Chelan is a welcoming vacation town with lakes and mountains. It offers the pilot unlimited big routes across the flatlands, with mountain flying too

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Guide to Col Rodella, Italy

Guide to Col Rodella, Italy

Avoid the autumn inversions that plague most of the Alps, and anjoy some aerial sightseeing as you fly the huge cliffs of the Dolomites

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Guide to Cusco, Peru

Guide to Cusco, Peru

Flying in Cusco is a high altitude experience in the land of the Incas, with the magnificent site of Machu Picchu

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Guide to Dune du Pyla, France

Guide to Dune du Pyla, France

A week on the dune will work wonders for your glider control

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Guide to El Yelmo, Spain

Guide to El Yelmo, Spain

The season starts early in southern Spain with thermalling from February

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Guide to Gangtok, India

Guide to Gangtok, India

Fly Sikkim, one of the Himalaya’s ‘secret kingdoms’, with 8,000m Kanchenjunga as the stunning backdrop

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Guide to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria

Guide to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great introductory venue for Alpine flying. With mountains right next next to flatlands, it has easily understandable valley winds and is flyable from April to October

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Guide to Golden, Canada

Guide to Golden, Canada

Go epic in the Rocky Mountains – the best time to fly from Golden is July to September

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Guide to Governador Valadares, Brazil

Guide to Governador Valadares, Brazil

Smooth, reliable climbs to a warm cloudbase, over a rolling landscape of green hills that extends as far as the eye can see – what’s not to like about Governador Valadares?

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Guide to Greifenburg, Austria

Guide to Greifenburg, Austria

Greifenburg offers big grassy fields and strong alpine flying in the heart of the Austrian Alps

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Guide to Greolieres, France

Guide to Greolieres, France

Come to the sunny south of France, a little corner of the Maritime Alps with a protected microclimate and year-round flying

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Guide to Interlaken, Switzerland

Guide to Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is a great place for adventure and mountain sports of all kinds. Come and soar the north face of the Eiger and enjoy the Swiss chocolate-box scenery

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Guide to Jackson Hole, USA

Guide to Jackson Hole, USA

At the entrance to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is one of the most picturesque and ‘Wild West’ locations in the United States

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Guide to Koessen, Austria

Guide to Koessen, Austria

If you sat back and designed the perfect free flying venue it would probably look like Kössen

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Guide to Krusevo, Macedonia

Guide to Krusevo, Macedonia

Well known by competition pilots, Kruševo offers a mix of mountain and flatland cross-country flying and nice strong but safe conditions

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Guide to La Palma, Canary Islands

Guide to La Palma, Canary Islands

The uncrowded paradise of La Palma offers year-round flying while the north shivers

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Guide to Lake Garda, Italy

Guide to Lake Garda, Italy

One of the world’s greatest acro sites, with its predictable winds Garda has been terrifying and inspiring pilots for years

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Guide to Laragne, France

Guide to Laragne, France

The dry skies of Provence provide a free flying theatre of unparalleled quality

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Guide to Linzhou, China

Guide to Linzhou, China

Linzhou: amazing food, bullet trains, buildings from the future and a perfect flying site 550km south of Beijing

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Guide to Lovcen, Montenegro

Guide to Lovcen, Montenegro

The jewel in the Adriatic, Montenegro is a secret spring and autumn autumn flying spot, perfect for escaping to when the Alps are wet, windy and cold

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Guide to Manilla, Australia

Guide to Manilla, Australia

Manilla offers safe, easy and relaxing XC for all levels of pilot

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Guide to Manteigas, Portugal

Guide to Manteigas, Portugal

Manteigas is the best XC site in Portugal – you can fly from here all the way to Spain!

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Guide to Mayrhofen, Austria

Guide to Mayrhofen, Austria

Classic Alpine terrain – grassy meadows, snowy peaks

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Guide to Nid d’Aigle, Morocco

Guide to Nid d’Aigle, Morocco

Enjoy some winter sunshine and easy sea-breeze soaring in the exotic setting of southern Morocco

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Guide to Ohrid, Macedonia

Guide to Ohrid, Macedonia

Lake Ohrid offers consistent conditions for easy soaring above a beautiful lake, with acro and SIV possibilities too

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Guide to Oludeniz, Turkey

Guide to Oludeniz, Turkey

Wring the living daylights out of your wing above a Mediterranean cove in south-west Turkey, land on the beach, then do it again

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Guide to Owen’s Valley, USA

Guide to Owen’s Valley, USA

The Owens Valley is not for the faint-hearted, but pick your season, and the valley’s rocky peaks pump powerful climbs up to 6,000m over the deepest valley in the United States

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Guide to Pamukkale, Turkey

Guide to Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale is spectacular without being too strong in May and September – come and soar the spectacular travertines for hours, or go on a big XC

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Guide to Piedrahita, Spain

Guide to Piedrahita, Spain

Piedrahita is Europe’s flatland Mecca, and one of the world’s most reliable comp venues

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Guide to Pokhara, Nepal

Guide to Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is a must on any serious pilot’s world tour – fly warm winter thermals against the backdrop of the snow-clad Himalaya

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Guide to Quixada, Brazil

Guide to Quixada, Brazil

If you can cope with the gusty launch, you can go a long, long way

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Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Come to Rio for spectacular, year-round flying in one of the world’s great cities

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Guide to Roldanillo, Colombia

Guide to Roldanillo, Colombia

One of the top-10 friendliest countries in the world, Colombia’s flying capital is Roldanillo

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Guide to Roquebrune, Monaco

Guide to Roquebrune, Monaco

Soar above the Mediterranean villas of the super-rich – flying is allowed from Roquebrune between October and April

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Guide to Salzburg, Austria

Guide to Salzburg, Austria

Indulge your Red Bull X-Alps fantasies and fly the Gaisberg, the first turnpoint on the world’s toughest paragliding adventure race

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Guide to Sopot, Bulgaria

Guide to Sopot, Bulgaria

Come to Sopot for varied mountain and flatland flying throughout the summer, little air traffic and easy XC

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Guide to St Andre, France

Guide to St Andre, France

St Andre combines everything you need to have a stunning Alpine flying holiday in one sunny package

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Guide to St Hilaire du Touvet, France

Guide to St Hilaire du Touvet, France

St Hilaire du Touvet is home to the famous Coupe Icare festival – free-flying’s Woodstock

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Guide to Taining, China

Guide to Taining, China

Taining in China is a new frontier for the adventurous pilot and traveller, whose XC potential has yet to be explored

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Guide to Tolmin, Slovenia

Guide to Tolmin, Slovenia

Tolmin in the Julian Alps offers easy and reliable mountain flying and has been the start-point of many distance records

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Guide to Torrey Pines, USA

Guide to Torrey Pines, USA

Torrey Pines is one of the most historic in the USA. Come and soar the Pacific coast – but mind your manners – it’s a busy site

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Guide to Traslasierra, Argentina

Guide to Traslasierra, Argentina

Fly Argentina’s magical valley with a condor at your wingtip. This is where Argentina brings its family to relax – from wine tours to horse riding to kayaking to gorge walking, it’s all here.

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Guide to Wanaka, New Zealand

Guide to Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island offers spectacular scenery and challenging flying

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Guide to Zaachila, Mexico

Guide to Zaachila, Mexico

Come to Zaachila in the Sierra Madre for reliable high-altitude flying, with a wealth of culture to explore when you’re not in the air

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