Crete is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean at over 300kmlong. Featuring snow-capped mountains (in winter), fertile plains and golden sandy beaches this island is steeped in history being the reputed home of King Minos, Theseus and the Minotaur. Palekastro is a quaint, charming village east of Heraklion Airport. It has retained its charm and eludes the fast pace of western Crete and just happens to have great sailing conditions.
Riding on offer
The 2km long Kouremenos Beach is where all of the main windsurfing action takes place and the Freak Surf Centre is only a short 20-minute walk from Palekastro Village and located slap bang in the middle of the bay.
The infamous Meltemi wind blows right through until September, and beyond, but in Palekastro it can be significantly stronger than elsewhere due to local accelerating effects. The wind is sideshore from the left and you will be most likely using sails of 5.3 and below. The water is flat near shore, which is great for carving moves and freestyle, while small waves can be found on the outside.
Fly direct from Gatwick to Heraklion Airport before taking a picturesque transfer to the resort.Regional UK options are also available. There are a few different accommodation choices available but call Sportif or check www. freak-surf.com for more info.
The main Freak Surf windsurfing centre is stocked with 2012 JP and NeilPryde kit.Tuition is available with rescue boat/jet ski facilities on hand should you need a lift back to the beach. With a cosy atmosphere the owners Hannes and Davina will give you an extremely warm welcome.
Flat day fun
If the wind refuses to play ball then the array of outstanding historical sites that the island boasts are worth a look including the Palace of Knossos, which is located in the centre of the island. As well as the ruins, there are plenty of reasonably priced tavernas, restaurants and secluded beaches to keep you entertained. Yoga is also on offer from the Freak Surf Centre.