Popularity: Very high
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave, Slalom, Speed
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Keros is the kind of beach you see on computer desktops. It’s a place you must visit! It is a wide, natural bay on the east side of Lemnos and extending some 3 km from North to South. The area around the beach is a protected ecosystem.
Lemnos offers windsurfing holidays on a traditional, unspoilt Greek island with flat water & wave sailing. Hardly touched by tourism (as is mainly given over to agriculture) this is the place for a relaxing holiday when not on the water. If you like waking up bright and early, the winds will reward you as they blow steadily from the morning to midday hours.
Medium Months: April, May, November
Wind Type: Trade Winds
Best Direction: N, NNE, NE, SE
Main Direction: N, NNE, NE, SE, S
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore, Side Shore, Side Offshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday
Keros is a good site with a very steady side shore wind. Since it is a big bay, almost all directions work.
At the North part of the beach the strongest wind is until 13:00 o’clock -direction north east. After the wind is turning from North and goes down to 4 bft. At the South part of the beach the conditions are perfect almost every morning until 11:00.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
It sounds almost heretical but it is true: flat crystal clear turquoise shallow flat water in the North part of the beach, accessible directly from the beach with cross shore winds, one meter waves in the South and 2,5 meter waves at the exit point of the bay, in a separate wave beach with onshore winds.
Super flat section: At the North part of Keros we have a spot for freestyle and high speed riders. A shallow water area, with waist deep water extends for approximately 250 m for 250-300 m along the bay water line. The more upwind you go, the flatter the water gets. The bottom is sandy so soft underfoot when learning. You can ride on super glassy turquoise crystal clear water, while you can see your shadow on the 1 feet deep white sandy bottom. This is not a bathers' beach so there is plenty of room to practice near to the shoreline without having to avoid anyone.
Tiny Chop: A second sailing area, at the southern-most part of Keros Bay offers wave sailing spot. It is a flat spot with tiny chop on some days. The chop increases as you go downwind, providing you with some nice kickers which will give you a nice pop in order to practice jump tricks or freestyle tricks. Here the best wave conditions are in the morning; in “big days” there are waves from 1 to 2,5 m. It is approximately 2 km from the main center and throughout July and August, when the conditions are right, the center provides transport with all equipment to the spot free of charge. The entire area is shallow with side onshore winds and perfect, easy jumping conditions.
Wave Spot: The South part of the bay offers you a super safe mini-wave spot. The waves are relatively small, but with nice distance between them, and a perfect cross-shore wind direction. So, whether you want nice kickers for air tricks, or whether you are new into wave sailing, this spot provides you all you may need. The waves can get big on strong wind days.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Keros Bay is a wide, natural bay, a turquoise slice of paradise. It is a big sandy and safe beach with beautiful colors, surrounded by sand dunes, wetlands, natural salt lakes, and astonishing flora and fauna. It is located on the east side of Lemnos and extending some 3 km from North to South. In the north side of bay, the beach launch with a mix of sand and has been cleared of pebbles at the access point.
There is a lot of space to lay your equipment. The sandy beach is completely friendly, and the bay extensively wraps around you, making it almost impossible to get into trouble.
As has already been said, the area around the beach is a protected ecosystem. Please respect the environment, fauna and foliage. Do not drive on sand dunes or beach, and please do not litter.
Access to Keros: Driving directions from Myrina: Take the one and only road to Lemnos International Airport (LXS). Pass the airport entrance, and after 2 km pass a gas-station on your left hand. When you see a sign to Plaka / Panagia / Kondopouli / Kaliopi, turn left. After 500 m, right before Varos village, turn left again. Follow signs to Kontopouli - Kaliopi, passing the villages of Kotsinas and Repanidi. At the village of Repanidi, turn left after passing the church on your left hand. Follow signs to Kaliopi and Keros Beach. When you reach the Keros pine forest and where the dirt road begins, turn left and follow the signs to the spot.
Access to Lemnos: Visitors can travel to Lemnos by ferry or plane.
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Lemnos (LXS) is located on the eastern side of the island, 18 km from Myrina. It receives daily flights from Athens (ATH) all year round and the flight time is 1 hour. It also receives flights from Thessaloniki (SKG) 4-5 times per week operated by a small air company. In summer, another small air company operates flights between Lemnos and Lesvos or Heraklion, Crete. From the beginning of May till the end of October, there is a direct flight from London.
There is a bus service between the airport and the capital of the island.
Arrival by Ferry / Boat: There are ferries to Lemnos from the port of Lavrion, a small port town on the southern side of Attica Peninsula, running all year round 3 times per week. The trip is long and lasts about 9 hours. There are also ferries to Lemnos from Piraeus Port but the trip is much longer (about 13-24 hours), from Rafina (10 hours) via Agios Efstratios, from Chios (11 hours), from Alexandroupolis (5 hours) via Samothraki and 1-2 ferries per week from Thessaloniki (7 hours). In summer, there are also ferries from the port of Kavala (4-5 hours), on the northern side of Greece.
Local Transportation: Bus services on this island are poor. In summer there are two buses daily from Myrina to most of the villages. You will find the schedule at the bus station on square Eleftheriou Venizelou. You can also rent a car.