For a windsurfing holiday with blue skies and blue waters go to Rhodes, Greece. Add the meltemi wind and you have a winner. Rhodes is well developed as a holiday destination and is popular with many people. Windsurfers are no exception. This makes Rhodes a good destination for an all round holiday. An additional benefit of Ixia is that it doesn't suffer from the aircraft noise that affects the resorts closer to the airport. Ixia is on a large beautiful bay and dotted along the bay are numerous hotels, some offering stunning views across the cobalt blue Aegean Sea to Turkey. Greece is great value for money and has everything to offer from the budget traveller to those wanting 5 star luxury.
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The water starts flat in the mornings but by midday the wind picks up and the waves start to swell, creating perfect text book bump and jump conditions, by early afternoon the wind is really blasting...
Rhodes benefits from the Meltemi wind that is created by the difference in temperatures between the land and sea. It is at its strongest in mid Summer when the weather is at its hottest. In early and late season there is also a good chance of planing conditions. Normally the wind will build during the day, from Force 2/3 in the morning to Force 4 - 6 by mid/ late afternoon at its peak.
As well as having some of the best beaches in the Aegean, Rhodes is very mountainous, which is great if you love exploring and mountain biking. The town has great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, people from all over the world pay the island a visit during the summer, so it has a truly international feel, visitors can find Marks & Spencers, BHS, McDonalds, Pizza hut and of course all the great clothing brands from Versace to Billabong. Take an excursion in Rhodes to get away from the tourist areas and you'll see a completely different side of Rhodes. Inland are picturesque hills and valleys and further south, deserted beaches. Other activities include mountain biking, scuba diving and horse riding. Rhodes has a long history and this is reflected in the castles and buildings that still remain and legends associated with many places.
Nightlife can be as much or as little as you want. Ixia is a busy area and there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. There are wonderful tavernas serving Greek meze (small plates of everything imaginable), ouzo and the best fresh fish you'll find anywhere and we highly recommend that you try the local wines. Rhodes Town is just 3 kilometres away and has a selection of quaint quayside restaurants. There are also several nightclubs and late bars.
UK / EU passport holders: A full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. No visa required. Arrival tax is £10 payable in sterling. Other passport holders: Please check with Greek Consulate (020 7229 3850).
There are no compulsory inoculations if travelling from the UK but we recommend to check with your GP for the latest advice.
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