Prasonisi is the most southern windsurfing spot on Rhodos, Greece. Prasonisi often is described as freeride and freerace heaven and it’s no coincidence that the place is a center for several windsurfing clinique’s.
Both Jem Hall and Guy Cribb holds Prasonisi as one of the best flat water surf spots the Globe can offer. Peter Hart runs his clinics in Iallysos near the Rhodos Airport, read our article about the freeride and freerace mecca of Iallysos, Rhodos – Greece.
Surfcenters and Windsurfing rentals in Prasonisi
There are three surfcenters in Prasonisi. The surf centers offers high quality windsurfing equipment from board brands as Starboard, RRD, Fanatic and JP. They offer freeride and freerace gear and most of them also offers hard core slalom boards. On the sail-side you will find brands like Neil Pryde, North and RRD.
Surf shops – Prasonisi
There are two surf shops in Prasonisi. Surfer Market offers food, water and beer as well as windsurfing merchandise and spare parts. During the evening the stairs outside the shop transforms to a gathering place for surf-bums drinking cheap beer. The surf shop accept credit cards (above Euro 10). There is also a windsurfing shop within the LightHouse hotel area.
Prasonisi – Where to stay
Katavia village – There are a few alternatives when it comes to where to stay in Prasonisi. Approx. 8 km from Prasonisi you will find the small sleepy village of Katavia. If you choose to stay in Katavia you will get the small cozy village atmosphere, however on the con-side is the 8 km long road to and from Prasonisi.
>> Prasonisi Club
Prasonisi village – There are a few places to stay right at the surf-spot of Prasonisi. As you might expect, the accommodation is nice but quite simple. The two restaurants offers accommodation as well as the Surfer Market (the grocery store) that also offers accommodation.
Important – Some of the hotels doesn’t accept credit cards.
>> LightHouse I, LightHouse II and Ocean Palace
>> Surfer Super Market
Paying with Card and nearest ATM in Prasonisi
Since you will find the nearest ATM in Katavia, 8km from Prasonisi it´s pretty crucial to be able to plan your cash flow. We are aware that things can change over time but when we were in Prasonisi, September 2015, this was the status:
– Taxi = No
– Hotell = No
– Surf centers = No
– Restaurants = Yes
– Supermarket = Yes (Over 10 Euro)
Quality time on the water – It’s all about tactics
We had a week of tremendous windsurfing. To get as much quality time on the water as possible we started of as soon as the windsurfing-center opened, racing by ourselfs just outside the beach area. After lunch we moved further out to avoid the most crowded areas. Don’t underestimate the red marked area, surprisingly good wind conditions and surprisingly un-crowded. On the far west of Prasonisi you will get nice long waves, great if you have the urge to get airborne.
Prasonisi – Wind conditions
Prasonisi has a long narrow beautiful sand beach which in combination with the thermal winds from the mountains and a wind-channel effect between Rhodos and Turkey delivers tremendous windsurfing conditions. The thermal wind often kicks in during the afternoon and is not included in the wind forecasts for Prasonisi.
Getting from the airport (RHO) to Prasonisi
The distance between the airport and Prasonisi is approx. 100 km and will take about 1 h and 45 min.
We checked the largest Car rental firms like Sixt, Europcar and Marathoncars and compared the prices with the taxi fare and it was no big difference between taxi vs car rental, if you don’t add self-risk elimination and two drivers that is.
We discussed back and forth and we ended up getting a cab from the airport to Prasonisi. We really like the Taxi fare system in Rhodos. There is a fixed pricelist for all destinations on the island including Prasonisi. The Airport to Prasonisi is Euro 115 (2015).
We were blessed with wind 6 out of 6 days in Prasonisi and regardless if you are into freeride, freerace or slalom we are sure that you will love Prasonisi and it’s definitely worth the extra effort going down here.