Resort Guide: Crete, Greece, Greece

How To Get There

 

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Plane

The main airport is Heraklion which has daily charter and scheduled flights from most European cities with flight costs between £100-£300 (140-430 euros) depending on the time of the year. From Heraklion it is a two and a half hour drive to Palekastro. There is also a bus service, which will take you from Heraklion to Palekastro; it goes approximately every 2 and a half hours and costs 14 Euros. 

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Rental Car Cost: around 175€ per week

 

Ferry/Car: There are many alternative routes to get down to Greece depending on where you’re starting from. We’ll leave you to browse the web for that but this website is a good place to start for that final hop over to Crete - www.allgreekferries.com. The port of Sitia is closest to the resort but Heraklion is the main port with more routes.

How The Wind Works

 

Palekastro is a meltemi spot. The wind increases its power through a local thermal and a funnelling effect. It blows side shore from the left and blows anywhere between a Force 4 and Force 7. During the summer season (May – October) this averages out at a nice Force 6 with the most used sail being between 4.5 and 5.3m. The wind blows the whole day and starts to drop down at 5pm.

 

Water State

 

Flat-water near the shore, small choppy waves further out. Temperature wise you’ll be sailing in 20 degrees in May up to 25 degrees in August, so definite rash vest & shorts weather.

Best wind direction: North-West (the meltemi)

Worst wind direction: North-East

Tide: You don’t notice it

What’s on the bottom?: Sand

Any hazards: 200m to the right of the station it is rocky.

Other water users: Swimmers and divers, no kite surfers.

Suitability/levels: All levels who want some flat water.

Wipe-out factor: There is no shore break or currents so it is easy to launch & land. If you do break something the bay is enclosed enough so that you won’t drift out to sea and the Freak Windsurf Station has a very powerful rescue boat!.