East Crete beaches

Kouremenos

Lassithi

Kouremenos beach
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Kouremenos is located 91km east of Agios Nikolaos and 21km east of Sitia, just 1km east of the small town Palekastro. In Palekastro there are more choices for accommodation, food and entertainment, but you will also find several new hotels near the beach. The beach is the longest in the area with a length exceeding 1.5km, bounded on the north by the Cape Tenta and on the south by the Cape Plaka. It has fine brown sand, shallow turquoise waters and several tamarisk trees around. It slightly organized in some areas with umbrellas, showers and beach bars.

The beach is beautiful but the main feature of Kouremenos is elsewhere: the wind. Indeed, the wind here is so strong that the area is popular to windsurfers and kite surfers across Europe. Indeed it is no coincidence that the area hosts some of the largest wind turbine park in Greece, exploiting the huge wind potential

Windsurfing at Kouremenos

A windsurfing school operates in Kouremenos beach, from where you can also rent equipment at reasonable prices. Meltemi (i.e. northwest summer wind) increases its power through the local thermal and a funnelling effect that gives the ground wind an additional 2 Beaufort, than in the surrounding area. Thus, the wind force is stably between 4 and 7 Beaufort. During the summer season, the average wind force is approximately 6 Beaufort, making Kouremenos the most wind-certain spot in Europe. The most used sail size is 4.5 – 5.3m.

Kouremenos is ideal for all levels of windsurfers. Near the coast the sea is flat and very suitable for beginners. The flat surface is ideal for planning as well as professional freestyle. Moreover, the shallow water and the sandy shore helps beginners with beach start. The local school has installed buoys for indicating the entrance. Instead, there are small waves further out, where the experts can let them-selves go and show off their chop-off jumps. Some experts prefer the quietest northern end of the beach, Tenta (near the local harbor). The shore in Tenta is rocky and the entrance to the sea can be achieved only from a cement dock.

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 20

    >6 Bft: 10

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 21

    >6 Bft: 12

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 25

    >6 Bft: 14

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 28

    >6 Bft: 15

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 27

    >6 Bft: 13

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 20

    >6 Bft: 14

  • Wind

    Average wind (days / month)

    >4 Bft: 18

    >6 Bft: 7

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, Sitia area
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Normal
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Other Information: Tree Shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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