Prasonisi

At the southernmost point of the island, strong winds propel windsurfers along on their adventures over the waves in front of a superb beach, where in sheltered areas swimmers can enjoy the outstanding waters. In this magnificent setting, 92 km from the capital, 40 km from Lindos and 12 km from the village of Kattavia, the sea at Prasoni seems to mingle with the adjacent land delighting the senses and the wind stirs up the passion for an exhilarating aquatic adventure.

The sandy beach is a favourite haunt of windsurfers, especially in July and August when the summer winds are at their most favourable. Windsurfing equipment can be hired from one of the specialised establishments on the beach and there are also some small taverns and rooms available for rent.

Situated at the southernmost point of the island opposite Prasonisi is ancient Vroulia. This is one of the most important early settlements with organised urban planning to have been located in Greece with finds from excavations placing its construction between 650 and 550 BC.

The location was not chosen at random, it was selected for military reasons; this was the last Aegean port for ships before sailing out into the open seas of the eastern Mediterranean. Similarly, its was also the first landfall for vessels from Syria, Phoenicia and Cyprus.

Danish archaeologist Karl Frederik Kinch of the Danish Institue at Athens carried out digs on the site between 1907 and 1908.

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