Kouremenos is a stunning beach located in the eastern part of Crete, 91km from Agios Nikolaos and 21km from Sitia. It is situated just 1km east of the town Palekastro and is home to the longest beach in the area, stretching for over 1.5km between the Cape Tenta and the Cape Plaka. The sand is fine and brown, while the waters are shallow and turquoise, dotted with tamarisk trees. In some areas, the beach is slightly organized with umbrellas, showers and beach bars.
The main attraction of Kouremenos, however, is its wind. The Meltemi (northwest summer wind) is intensified by the local thermal and a funnelling effect, giving the ground wind an additional 2 Beaufort than in the surrounding area. This makes the wind force at Kouremenos stably between 4 and 7 Beaufort, with an average of 6 Beaufort during the summer season. As a result, the area is extremely popular among windsurfers and kite surfers from all over Europe, making Kouremenos the most wind-certain spot in Europe. A windsurfing school operates on the beach and offers equipment for rent at reasonable prices.
Kouremenos is suitable for all levels of windsurfers. Near the coast, the sea is flat and ideal for beginners, while further out there are small waves for experts to show off their chops. The northern end of the beach, Tenta, is preferred by some experts due to its quieter atmosphere. The shore is rocky here and the entrance to the sea can only be done from a cement dock.