Haven't you already planned your next summer holiday? Are you dreaming of a very good spot for windsurfing? Limnos island in Greece could be a very good idea. Here below you can read a detailed presentation that friends from Surf Club Keros have sent us.
Windsurf spot reviews: Keros Beach Limnos (Greece)
"You wake up in a 5 star Luxury Safari tent. You have your breakfast on the padio. You have a view to the beach.
Crystal clear waters, endless sandy beach. Windy, uncrowded. Super safe bay, a perfect place to learn and to progress for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It sounds like the trip of a life time, on some remote island in Fiji. Too far away, too expensive.
Guess twice. Welcome to Keros beach, on Limnos Island, Greece.
Keros, a vast, sandy beach, with turquoise shallow waters, blessed with Meltemi wind. A magic flat section on the North side of the beach, a bump and jump section in the middle, and small but nice waves on the South end. And the spot is empty.
Even in high season, there are maximum 50 riders on the beach, and the beach is 3 km wide, so it can handle many more with absolutely no stress.
Limnos is an average wind spot, with the Meltemi normaly blowing force 4-6. Some days can be flat, but some days can also be super strong, like most of the Greek islands. You should expect to use sails between 4.7m-6.5m, but often, smaller. The best part is the beach morphology, offering complete flat sections and a mini-wave spot at the same beach.
For those big wave fans, the island features one of the best wave spots in Greece, Gomati, but it is mostly a winter spot, so chances are better if you visit early or late in the season.
About the island.
Far away from mass tourism, Limnos resides at the North-Eastern part of the Aegean Sea (see map below), still offering deserted beaches (more than 100), idyllic small villages, archeological sites, and natural reserves. Located where the Meltemi wind starts it’s journey over the Greek island, Limnos in ancient times was also known as ‘Anemoessa’, which means ‘windy island’.
What makes the island so attractive is the unspoiled terrain and the natives. On Limnos you can see Greece as it was 30 or 50 years ago. The local wine, the local cusine, the unspoiled landscapes and the idyllic beaches, will want you to stay forever.
Keros bay is within an environmental protected area. The scenery is unique: sand dunes, salt lakes with flamingos, isolated beaches full of small shells, make you feel that you are not in Europe or Greece, but in a completely different continent.
The beach and the school
The beach is sandy, the waters are turquoise and crystal clear, and the wide bay makes it super safe. In the middle of the bay you will find Surf Club Keros.As they say, Surf Club Keros is a windsurf school that started out from riders for riders, so the vibes are mellow and the smiles are wide!
Equipment-wise, you can try out brand new equipment from brand new 2013 industry leading Neil Pryde sails and JP Australia boards!
Being within an environmentally protected area means that there are no big buildings around Keros, hence no hotels or studios by the beach.
1. But you can go ‘Glamping’. You can stay at Surf Club Keros Lodge & Spa which is located on the hill besides the bay, in one of their Luxury Safari tents, combining the feeling of camping with the luxury of a hotel room. The tents are very spacious (25sqm for the double and 35sqm for the jumbo tents) and feature wood decking, high quality furnishing, a bathroom and shower, plasma tv, but the best part of living there is the view you get every morning when you wake up-or while you are having breakfast in bed! Highly recommended!
2. If you are on a smaller budget, you can choose to stay in a simple, cheap, clean and cool ‘Mini safari tent’, which is equipped with basic furniture and electricity, whereas you can use the public facilities (showers / wc) which are very close. Nature lovers only!
3. Everything booked out? Don’t worry, you can bring your own tent, or rent out an igloo tent from Surf Camp Keros!!!
Getting to Limnos
Flights: You can fly to Athens (ATH) or Thessaloniki (SKG) and pick a domestic flight to Limnos (LXS). From the beginning of May till the end of October, there is a Thomas Cook direct flight from London. Ferries: There is a daily ferry from Kavala to Limnos, and 1-2 Ferries per week from Thessaloniki to Limnos. Visit the Surf Club Keros website for more info and directions
Extra activities and services
All sports & Yoga: Every day there are two Yoga sessions on the Yoga deck, where you can experience a totally unique Yoga session overlooking Keros bay. Here you become one with nature, as you are exposed to the elements and wildlife of the ecosystem. It is not uncommon to see rabbits, and wild birds, just a few meters away from you while doing Yoga.
On the other hand, for the more adventurers, we have the all sports program which includes mountain bike trips, SUP excursions, day trips, and different kinds of social events that will allow you to explore the island a bit more, and fill in nicely any day with no wind.
Kids club: For 2014 we introduce the Surf Club Keros kids club, where our little friends can spend the day in a friendly and playfull environment, while mummy and daddy are windsurfing, kitesurfing, or relaxing!
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