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7 Days Kitesurf Vacation in Gokceada Island, Turkey

Crazy Island Center, Aydınıcık Gökçeada, Canakkale, Turkey

Turkey Kitesurf Camp

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Crazy Island is a kite, windsurf, and SUP center located at one of the windiest spots in Europe - Gokceada Island in the Aegean Sea, Turkey. The wind here is 20 to 25 knots each day and often over 30 knots. The strong wind starts from morning and in the afternoon slowly drops to light breeze 10 knots. The season in Gokeada is from May to October.

Highlights

  • All rental equipment
  • Beautiful windy beach
  • 9 hours of beginner, semi-beginner, or intermediate kitesurf lessons
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Bulgarian, Turkish
Airport transfer available:
Alexandroupoli Airport (US$131 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Istanbul New Airport (US$131 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

Accommodations will be in double rooms in wooden chalets nested in beautiful garden right by the beach. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a beach with beach bar, and Wi-Fi access.

Each chalet/bungalow has only one room, bathroom, and balcony.

Program

The package includes accommodation with breakfast and a beginner's, semi beginners, or intermediate kite course for 9 hours. The beginners kite course starts with short theory about the wind, the equipment, and safety, followed by ground control, rigging, line management, and flying techniques. On the water - body drags, water starts with board, basic riding, and self-rescue.

The 9 hours course is suitable for semi beginners or intermediate riders as well. If you already have some experience with kite no mater if your experience is up to - body drag, water start or, going upwind, making small jumps and transitions, they are going to help you get to the next level in a safe fun and efficient way.

The kite course can be private nine hours or semi private in group of two, price varies. The price includes all necessary equipment. Crazy Island performs the courses with high quality brand new Naish equipment. They work with experienced instructors. Lessons are held in English, Bulgarian, and Turkish.

Location

Gokceada is an island in the Aegean Sea. The island is the westernmost point of Turkey part of Canakkale Province, located across the Dardanelles. The island is unspoiled by tourists area with great nature, a real contradiction of your hectic urban life. Gokceada is the largest island in Turkey, with area of 279 square kilometers. Gokceada is a part of Cittaslow towns international network.

Cittaslow towns aim to be great places to live, work, and visit. The main source of income is agriculture, tourism, and fishing. The wind is north-east. This is the same well-known Meltemi which works in all the islands in the Aegean. The wind in Gokceada is accelerated by thermal and venturi effects. During the summer, there is constant wind 22 to 25 knots in the morning, which slowly falls to 6 to 12 knots in the late afternoon.

Fronts come with strong winds around 28 to 35 knots or stronger. There are two main spots in Gokceada Island - with mirror flat water (off shore wind) and spot with waves up to 1.5 to 2 meters (on shore, side on shore).

Features

Activities

  • Kitesurfing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Beach
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

The vacation includes breakfast. The restaurant offers European and Turkish cuisine - great variate of salads and appetizers (the Turkish mezeler), different meals with meat, as well as vegetarian meals, grill, fish, pasta, the famous Turkish Gozleme, and Sigara burek as well as good choice of deserts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit Zeytinli köy: a small village with narrow stone streets and old Greek houses, with several tiny cafés famous for their Caramel and Mohalebi cream and Turkish coffee.
  • Visit Bademli köy: an other tiny village located to the northeast of the island on high hill with narrow stone streets and spectacular view to the sea
  • Visit Tepeköy: located in the north of the island near an existing volcano which is the highest point of Gokceada island.
  • Visit Kaleköy: on the north-eastern coast of the island across Samothrace island. You can easily reach it heading straight north from the center of Gokceada. Kaleköy has a small port for fishing boats and yachts, open marketplace for souvenirs, fish restaurants cafés and clubs near the port alley. On the hill above there are the ancient remains of a fortress from Homeric times. The hill offers and spectacular view to Samothrace especially on sunset.
  • Visit Gokceada center: pretty eclectic town with different small shops, restaurants for traditional Turkish food, pastry shops, barber shops, and open Sunday marketplace for all kinds of vegetables, fruits, cheese, olives, spices, and anything you can imagine.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 9-hour kitesurf lessons (either private or in groups of two)
  • Daily breakfast

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from Gokceada (Kuzulimani port)

  • You will depart at Kuzulimani port, follow the main road for four kilometers to get to Gokceda town.
  • In the town, continue to the same main road (Ataturk Blvd), trough the very center of the town to the exit of the town.
  • There is a T-crossroad at the exit, turn left to Aydincik, the beach with flat water.
  • Follow this road for eight kilometers, where you will see small village Eselek right after the village there is a crossroad – turn right, and after two kilometers on the first T-crossroad turn left and you are at Aydincik beach.
  • You will find Crazy Island Center easily.
  • By the road is Sarduniya complex - blue-green wooden chalets.
  • Near the beach is Crazy Island Center.

Arrival by ferry

Getting to Gokceada island is easy. Gokceada is only 17 miles (31 kilometers) from the mainland and takes about one and a half hour to get on the island with a ferry from Kabatepe port. During the summer, the ferries are at every 2 hours.The cost for a car is about 7 EUR for car / 10 EUR for minibus and includes all passengers.

Arrival by airplane

By plane to Istanbul – you can easily find a cheap flight to Istanbul, where you have several options:

To book a transfer to Gokceada with Crazy Island Center: 120 EUR per car, takes three to four hours to the ferry.

To rent a car from Ataturk airport (also recommended). The distance from Istanbul to Gokceada is about 300 kilometers, mostly on the highway. Ataturk airport is on the European part of Istanbul, close to the high way.

To get a plane to Canakkale. You can find flights to Canakkale with Turkish airlines from the same Ataturk airport, the flight takes two and a half hours. The team will pick you up from Canakkale airport, which is only 50 kilometers from Gokceada.

Arrival by bus

The main bus station is close to Istanbul airport and reachable by taxi in 40 minutes). The bus is very comfortable and has Wi-Fi at an affordable price. It takes six to seven hours to the ferry.

Airport: Alexandroupoli Airport Airport transfer available: Alexandroupoli Airport (US$131 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Istanbul New Airport Airport transfer available: Istanbul New Airport (US$131 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Cash payment preferred upon arrival.

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