Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kos Island in Greece is located just north of Rhodes, 15 km across from Turkey (which you can see just across the water) and between the two is a narrow strait which creates a wind tunnel, so has long been a popular destination for windsurfing holidays.
Only 5,5 km south east from Kos town is the quieter resort of Psalidi. This Spot is one of the most famous beaches for windsurfing holidays in Island, with sensational slalom blasting and swell conditions. It has been for a long time, a meeting point for both local and foreign windsurfers. From here you windsurf or kitesurf with separate centers easily accessible by local shuttle bus.
Medium Months: May, June, September, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Local Winds
Best Direction: N, NW
Main Direction: N, NW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Offshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
The "Meltemi" wind blows consistently in the summer from the north/northwest, delivery a side to side-offshore from the left with very reliable summer conditions. The proximity of Turkey and Kos creates a wind funnel system (Venturi effect), giving stronger winds than other spots on the island and also makes this spot very consistent. As Kos is perfectly positioned facing the coast of Turkey in distance only 15 km in between, although we would not recommend you attempt the crossing. One side effect of this side shore wind is that the beaches in this part of Kos tend to be very narrow and pebbly; the wind literally blows the sand along the coats with no natural obstructions. If in Tigaki is no wind Psalidi has almost a bit because of a wind current and the Venturi effect.
It is a safe sailing area with lots of space on the water. Once past the slight shore break, this affords sensational slalom blasting with swell up to 1m on the outside. On a normal day the wind tends to be lighter in the morning (perfect for beginners and kids), dropping a bit for midday, before building for strong wind conditions in the afternoon (around 15:00) until sun down. The average strength is force 4-6 bft with some days up to 7-8 bft in July and August. Best time to go is June to August, which is high season, with 80-90% wind. Off-season no regular winds.
Warm summer temperatures go up to 32°C and water temperatures up to 27°C, while winters are mild with some rainfall. Shorts or shorty are sufficient in summer, while a full wetsuit or a shorty is required in the other seasons.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Attention: Ships/Boats, Stones
Psalidi is often thought to be the domain of intermediate and advanced sailors. The water is flat with some chop and swell up to 1 m high, great for freestylers and intermediate/advanced riders; although beyond the sheltered area waves can reach 2 m in height. As the water is deep, there are no tides. Slalom blasting in good conditions. The sandy beach is shelving quickly into deeper water.
For beginners is better to windsurf early in the mooring, before the wind strength increases too much. Also there is a wind shadow in one part of the beach which is suitable for those less confident. Be aware of the shipping lanes which start around 1,5 km from the beach.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Rocks, Concrete, Road
One side effect of this side shore wind is that the beaches in this part of Kos tend to be very narrow and pebbly; the wind literally blows the sand along the coats with no natural obstructions. If you prefer a sandy beach then see our details on Marmari Spot. Psalidi beach has little stones, one small area with very coarse sand.
There is much space for your equipment. Psalidi is a great short haul resort for families and couples looking for an easy and reliable windsurf holiday.
Access to Psalidi:
Psalidi is 29 km from the airport, then you can rent a car/scooter or take a bus/taxi.
The distance from Kos city and the port is 5 km; taking the road that leads to Agios Fokas and Thermes. The beach is easily accessible by taxi, car or public buses.
Access to Kos: Kos is the island of Hippocrates (father of medicine), the third largest in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos, lying close to the Asia Minor coast, between Nisyros and Kalymnos Island. As this is a popular island, it is fairly easy to travel to Kos.
Arrival by Airplane: The Hippocrates International Airport of Kos (KGS) is located at south-western part of the island, in a distance of 27 km from the capital, quite close to Antimachia. It is connected with Rhodes, Heraklion, Kalymnos and Limnos Islands. During the summer season the airport gets very busy. There are 2-3 daily flights from Athens to Kos. Flight duration is approximately 50 minutes. During the same period there are many direct charter and international flights from other countries, mostly European countries. If you make a reservation enough time earlier, you can find a cheap ticket.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The central port of Kos is located in the capital of the island. From Piraeus Port there is daily connection with Dodecanese Islands by ferry boats. The trip lasts from 12 up to 16 hours, depending on your destination. The boat of line connects the islands Patmos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Rhodes daily. During summer there is daily coastal connection with Bontroum, in Turkey. Also, there is less frequent connection with Karpathos, Symi, Kastelorizo, Cyclades Islands, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, Crete, Chalki, Chios and Mytilene. During the high tourist period, are organized daily excursions with dolphins or small boats for the nearby islands: Fourni, Ikaria, Lipsi, Leros, Agathonisi, Tilos and Astypalea. The itineraries can change, depending on the tourist movement, and for this you should you be informed in the port.
Local transportations: The island of Kos has an adequate road network for the movement of the visitors.
Car Rentals: Renting a car is suitable for long distanced and isolated areas. Having a car gives you the opportunity to visit places you could not see by bus. For the visitor who wants to rent a car or motorcycle there are many car rental offices.
Bicycle Rentals: Due to the terrain but also because of the existence of the many bicycle paths in the city, an extremely popular mean of transportation in the city of Kos is the bike. On the island there are many companies that rent bicycles.
Bus: In Kos the bus service is very well organized. You can reach a lot of regions of the island, with cheap tickets. In the capital of the island you can use the municipal bus, but you can reach the most distant regions using the KTEL. The itineraries are enough frequent and the central station of buses is found in the centre, at Cleopatra Street. Some of the villages that you can visit are Mastichari, Agios Stefanos, Tigaki, Kefalos, Pyli, Asklipieion and Saint Fokas.
Taxi: The taxi is another alternative transportation way, faster and more expensive. In Kos you can find easily a taxi, in the centre or in other regions, either at the taxi-stations, or by phone with the service of radio-taxi. The charge for the most popular destinations is predetermined, and for the others there is a taxi-meter.