Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kremasti is very close to Trianda (West) and it is the north's main kitesurf venue. It has ideal conditions for all directions of wind, waves, sun, fun, and sports.
It is situated 10 km southwestern to Rhodes Town. The village is actually one of the biggest settlements of the island, attracting its visitors especially because of the long sandy Kremasti beach as well for Valley of Butterflies nearby. There are a lot to see in this Island and you will enjoy the flat days as you’ll enjoy the kite days!
Medium Months: April, May, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: SW, WSW, W
Main Direction: SW, WSW, W
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
Blowing at: Afternoon
In the morning, the wind is mostly weaker. Typically starting at around 14-16 knots, before the thermal effect takes hold and turbo charges the breeze up to an optimum 13-27 knots, virtually every day after 14:00 and then steady till 19:00. The ideal wind blows cross to cross-onshore. The high season for kite surfers is from June to middle September with the best winds.
All summer it's sunny, about 28 to 38°C, no fear for rain or strange weather. You will be fine with a lycra just to protect your skin from the sun.
Autumn/spring has different winds. Not regularly, but stronger. Best in W and SW.
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
Attention: Rocks, Urchins
It depends on the wind if it's choppy/wavy or not. Usually in the mornings the water is flat, but by midday the wind picks up and it is a bit choppy. By the afternoon the wind is really blowing and there are small waves that break softly to the shore. There is a shallow water area of about 15 m. Also, there are a few rocks in the water. Take shoes with you - there are many urchins in the seabed. The area to enter the water is limited by buoys to distinguish the kite area from the swimming area. It is therefore important to be able to stay upwind. It is possible to launch further up the beach, then you will have a long down winder back to the kite center. Its crystal clear blue waters and the natural environment create idyllic scenery.
Kremasti beach is less crowded compared to the other beaches closer to Rhodes town. However, there are parts where the beach is very busy but this is a result of its tourist development.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Trees, Road
The beach is simply lovely; a picturesque stretch of golden sands and little pebbles extended 10 more km along the western coast (starts from here to end up at Theologos). Then there are trees and a small road.
There are a lot experienced riders as well as beginners. The launch is via a shingle beach, which they kindly cover with sand to make life less harsh. They also removed the remains of some old bunkers. While it is pretty good place for beginners to learn, it does have two big drawbacks. 1) You cannot fly your kite while walking upwind. You have to untie & wrap your lines, walk upwind, and set everything up again. This unfortunately takes a long time. 2) The spot for beginners to launch has stones and you need to launch from the rarely used street!
Access to Kremasti: Kremasti is next to the airport! It is located 10 km from Rhodes Town, on the northwest side of the island. You can reach the place by rented or private car and motorbikes. The access is very easy. Also there are public buses running frequently and you may also use a taxi as the distance is rather short.
Access to Rhodes: The cheapest and fastest way to get to Rhodes is a flight to Rhodes International Airport. Other ways, such as flights via Athens, other islands or Turkey, possibly combined with ferries, are time consuming and usually more expensive.
Arrival by Airplane: Located in the eastern Aegean Sea, Rhodes’ International Airport “Diagoras” (RHO) is one of the biggest airports in Greece and the 4th busiest. It is situated on the west coast of the island, about 14 km from Rhodes Town. It is the main entrance exit point for both locals and tourists. During high season these can reach 150-180 movements per day -the airport parking area is small.
Domestic flights connect the island of Rhodes very frequently from all the major Greek airports. Most flights arrive from Athens (ATH), Thessaloniki (SKG) and Heraklion (HER). However there are flights from smaller airports as well. Many chartered flights come directly to Diagoras airport (RHO) from almost every European capital. (Bergamo, Bournemouth, Milan, Frankfurt-Hahn, Pisa, Kaunas and Rome, Amsterdam etc.).
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There is daily connection with the largest port of Greece, Piraeus. The trip lasts 11-14 hours depending on the boat. There is also a ferry from Thessaloniki once every week. Rhodes is also accessible via ferry from Symi and Tilos Greek Islands, but also via Bodrum, Fethiye, Datca and Marmaris in Turkey. Cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port, east of Rhodes (city)'s Old Town.
Arrival by Car: It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory possible. You can rent a car at the airport or via any hotel and at many local dealers. Local dealers are the best option for renting a car on the island, the services provided by some of the companies is outstanding. They can give you all the insider tips you will need so your road trips around will give you the possibility to discover all the natural beauties and enjoy your visits to the endless archaeological sites and places of interest on the island.
Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, especially the last couple of years the road system is improved a lot!
Arrival by Motorcycle: Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of Rhodes city. If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find.
Arrival by Bus: All public bus lines radiate from Rhodes town and reach almost every relevant place throughout the island. The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Nea Agora (New Market). Buses run by both companies stop there, but ticket booths, as well as timetables and prices, are distinct. Rhodes town lines are run by Roda, but have a separate stop, along Mandraki sea promenade, across the street from the new market. Tickets can also be bought in the bus from a cashier or directly from the driver. Keep your ticket until the end of your voyage. The price of a bus ticket will depend on the destination.
Bus stops on the road are marked by a sign, but do not hesitate to signal a bus driver that you wish to board. Only part of the bus stops have the timetables displayed, and the buses are often late. Also, note that most villages and resorts have more than one line passing through and stopping in different places.
Arrival by Taxi: Taxis on Rhodes are dark blue with white roofs. There is a list of expected maximum taxi charges you can obtain from the tourist information office. Never let the driver turn off the meter. You can radio a taxi via telephone number. This adds a standard surcharge. Between midnight and 05:00 am you will have to pay twice the normal rates. You can book ahead to avoid delays at high traffic times such as weekends. Within Rhodes city limits, fixed rates are applied.