We had travelled to the island of Limnos and more specifically to Keros beach for holidays. However,what we found in this kitesurf, windsurf spot was completely unpredictable! It could have been characterized as the worst kitesurf spot ever. A 5 km beach full of seaweeds, while in half of this area of gusty winds, there had been illegal, absolutely crazy kite schools. Two kms were occupied by schools which are illegal since they are so expanded to the beach that they DONT ALLOW TO ANYONE KITE IN THEIR area unless you pay them. Not only this, but they are so spread out to each other, that there isn't enough space for tourists or visitors to get some water, except for their customers.. Their permission is up to 200m™area, while they extend it illegally to 3000m™
What about the rest of the beach?
The port police have already placed balloons in the water to keep the area closed and protect only 30 swimmers. This area extends to a distance of two kilometres on the beach, which is prohibited for kitesurfers as well as windsurfers . Port police are very strict on applying this law to both kitesurfers or windsurfers ignoring on the other hand those kite schools that force you to pay if you want to use some water or extend to their area.. We were 7 families with our babies and all of us needed umbrellas to protect ourselves from the sun . However, we were forced to kite far away, on a rocky, unprotected, without coffee-bars or umbrellas 200m beach area.Needless to say that all kitesurf, windsurf visitors were so disappointed..!! Personally, I felt really annoyed.
Now, about the wind.
All June round, there was ZERO WIND. At the beginning of July, strong winds started blowing, in kite schools area was so gusty, because they had chosen a specific erea, where the wind is offshore or side off. A wind, extremely gusty.. Even the owners and the instructors are aware of it . However they had chosen it on propose for their kite lessons , cause they need flat water to seems safe, but the beginners cannot understand why the kite falls down so often, so they think that it is their fault! At the end of the lessons when the beginners start to try alone without instructor, the schools exploit beginners, since the gusty wind forces the kite to fall down so they need help. At this point they charge 25 euro in order to rescue them using their boats ( the northern Bulgarian school charges €25, the Polish school €20 and the Greek school €15). The port police along with the schools don't cooperate well. As a result, the spot becomes less and less popular every year. They only allow a 200m rocky beach for kitesurfers , windsurfers. In this area the beach is very small and narrow, so there is not space enough for all these that travel there from far away, to come along with this crazy situation! The new Bulgarian school charges you 10 euro if you want to use water of their area.. so funny indeed! Me, along with my wife and our 3years old son had to walk along the whole beach asking "can we kite here?" and the answer was always "No! Unless you use our services."
For sure , Keros Beach is highly NOT recommended !!