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Organising your trip   : There are various options but I use the following :
 
Flights : In the summer you can fly Gatwick <> Heraklion, then it is a is a 150km, two and a half hour drive to Palekastro / Kouremenos.  You can book online flights with Thomas Cook :  http://www.flythomascook.com
or with Monarch : www.avro.com Both will carry windsurfing equipment. Thomas Cook Airlines charge 50 pound return per board (total weight of windsurf packge 30kg) pre-booked.  Monarch charge per bag and the cost is more.  They also seem to have stopped pre-booking windsurfers and are only taking payment at the airport.
Be aware that Thomas Cook does NOT give refunds for any cancellations !  Also, changing flights can sometimes cost as much as the price of new flights !  Avro/Monarch has a cancellation /change policy, depending on the number of weeks before departure.
 
There are flights from most European cities.  There are also daily flights from Moscow in the summer with Russian airlines and charters as well as a daily flight with Aegean from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) via Athens.
 
In the winter there are no charter flights, but Aegean or Olympic Airlines flights Heathrow > Athens > Heraklion are available. 
It is also possible to fly from Athens to Sitia.  Sitia is only 20km from Kouremenos but was only taking small aircraft.  This year, charter flights from the Netherlands have started landing in Sitia so hopefully we will see other flights landing there.
 
Car Hire : Car Rental Crete (Sonja & Yannis Kefetzakis)
see:  http://www.carrentalcrete.gr  email: kafetzakis@carrentalcrete.gr    tel:               +30 (281) 033 0557         +30 (281) 033 0557
They are great people and have an excellent fleet of cars, all quite new, well maintained and with full insurance.  Their prices are very reasonable compared with the big names.  Roofracks can be ordered too.
 
Accommodation :  Kouremenos Beach Apartments (Nikos Hatzedakis)
 
 
email: kouremenosbeach@yahoo.gr  tel:               +30 (693) 235 6825         +30 (693) 235 6825
Nikos speaks perfect English and is very reliable and well organised.  He has a number of apartments of his own with excellent quality and reasonable prices.  Several have been recently upgraded.  He can also organise other accommodation in case his apartments are all full
 
 Roussolakos Apartments
 
 
Kouremenos Beach Apartments (cars : Car Rental Crete).     Toyota Auris April 09
  
 
Also there are some very nice apartmentsowned by Kostas Ailamakis who also has a shop "mini market" in the village selling food and other household essentials
Thalassa Apartments