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7 Day Windsurfing Holiday in Gökçeada

Crazy Island Center, Aydınıcık Gökçeada, Canakkale, Turkey

Windsurf Vacation in Turkey

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 2 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

If you have been considering to start learning windsurfing, this windsurfing vacation in Gokceada, Turkey might be suitable for you. The island is known for the wind and the beauty of its nature. You will stay in wooden chalets nestled in a beautiful garden right by the beach. The package includes accommodation with breakfast and windsurf course or rental package for windsurfing equipment. The class will be either private or a group of two. You will surely have a week of great sports activities, fun and relax!

Highlights

  • 6 hours of windsurfing course
  • Private or semi-private group of 2
  • Suitable for beginners, intermediate, or advanced riders
  • Guidance from start to free sailing, steering and performing slow turns
  • Semi beginners to intermediate - sailing in stronger wind with smaller board and bigger sail, beach start, using the harness. Intermediate to advanced - planing, fast tack, jibe, simple freestyle moves
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Bulgarian, Turkish
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Alexandroupoli Airport (US$140 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Istanbul New Airport (US$140 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

You will be accommodated in a complex of wooden bungalows right on the beach. The complex of eight nice wooden bungalows with a balcony is nested in a beautiful garden. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a beach front, and Wi-Fi access. The accommodation is with breakfast.

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

Program

Beginners windsurfing course

For the duration of six hours, the course gives guidance from start to free sailing, steering and performing slow turns in light wind. Within this course, you will have four windsurf lessons with instructor and two hours self-practice under the supervision of your instructor.

In the beginning, you will start with a big 230-liter board and small easy to handle sail. Later, you will start using smaller 180-liter windsurf board and bigger sail. During this intensive windsurf course, you will become independent on the water and light winds and you will be able to rent equipment on your own.

Location

Crazy Island kite and windsurf is at Aydincik beach (the flat water spot). The center is a part of a beach complex with wooden villas, restaurant, coffee-bar, and garden, with Wi-Fi access everywhere.

Gökçeada

Gökçeada is located in the Aegean sea across the Dardanelles. It is the largest island in Turkey, part of Canakkale Province. The island is known for the wind and the beauty of its nature. 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 - 25 knots in the morning, which slowly falls to 6-12 knots in the late afternoon. Fronts come with strong winds around 28-35 knots or stronger.

There are two main spots in Gokceada island - with mirror flat water (offshore wind) and spot with waves up to 1.5 to 2 meters (onshore, side onshore).

Active season in Gokceada is from May to October. From June to mid-September, wet suit is not necessary. In the beginning of May and in October, long 3/4/5mm wet suit is recommended as the water is chilly, after mid-May and the second half of September shorty or 1-2 mm wet suit is OK.

Flatwater Aydincik beach (offshore)

It is mirror flat water spot, which offers perfect conditions for advancing in freestyle and race every morning, and for beginners in the afternoon when the wind falls. The sea bed is sandy and safe. Crazy Island is located on this beach. The center is equipped with two rescue boats for assistance.

Wave spot/Kite beach (onshore)

It has great jumping conditions for wave riders at all levels. Big bay with sandy bed, safe for the riders and the gear. The wave spot is two kilometers far from the center. The team will arrange a transfer to the wave spot for the riders and the equipment.

Secret sports (side shore)

The island is big and undiscovered. There are other great places except the main spots, the secret spots are side shore spots with waves up to two meters. If you are looking for a new adventure and want to stay out of the crowd, the team can arrange a trip upon request. The spots are reachable in half an hour from Crazy Island center at Aydincik beach.

Downwind

It is a great experience and fun. The downwind distance is about 15 kilometers and the final stop is at the wave spot. The starting point is one or two hour drive from the center. Trips could be arranged upon request.

Distances

  • Mainland, 31 kilometers
  • Greek and Turkish border, 170 kilometers
  • Bulgarian and Turkish border, 250 kilometers
  • Istanbul, 300 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Kitesurfing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Beach
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

The package includes daily breakfast. For other meals, there is a restaurant which offers European and Turkish cuisine including 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)

Places to see in Gokceada

A round trip will help you to discover the diversity and hidden beauty of the island. You can explore the small bays, chill in the shadow of 700 years old trees, watch the sea and visit different small villages. Favorite villages in Gokceada are the following:

Zeytinli köy

Small village with narrow stone streets and old Greek houses, with several small but famous cafés for their Caramel and Mohalebi cream and Turkish coffee.

Bademli köy

Another small village located to the northeast of the island on a high hill with narrow stone streets and spectacular view to the sea and Samothrace island.

Dereköy

A large kind of abandoned old Greek village which gives you a feel of visiting different age.

Tepeköy

It is located in the north of the island near an existing volcano which is the highest point of Gokceada island.

Kaleköy

Kaleköy is 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, an open marketplace for souvenirs, fish restaurants cafés, and clubs near the port alley. There is a hill with ancient remains of a castle and spectacular view to Samothrace, especially on sunset.

Gokceada center

It is a 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. Gokceada is 6 km far from the port to the mainland (Kuzuliman) and 12 km from Aydincik beach.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 hours of windsurfing course
  • 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$140 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$140 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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Mid season
  • September 16 - October 30 

 

High season
  • July 16 to September 15

Cash payment preferred upon arrival.

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