Neilson have been teaching people to windsurf at the Cosmos Beachclub for nearly 30 years and have exclusive use of the small and friendly beachfront hotel.
Vassiliki is one of Europe's most famous windsurfing destinations bordering the shores of an impressive bay to the south of Lefkas island. It's a mecca for windsurfers who want to blast on flat water in the afternoons. The awe-inspiring mountains of Lefkas Island ensure the action doesn’t stop at the beach, with great terrain for all mountain bikers.
Vassiliki lies to the south of Lefkas island in the Ionian Sea. About 20 minutes walk from the beach is Vassiliki harbour, here you will find a lively atmosphere and a great variety of bars and tavernas. Further afield there are frequent ferries from Vassiliki to the nearby islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca.
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The Cosmos Beachclub is a delightful family run hotel and with just 30 rooms has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Rooms are simply but adequately furnished with tiled floors and light walls. Most rooms open onto a balcony or terrace with table and chairs, some with beautiful sea views. There is also an excellent on-site restaurant and sociable bar area overlooking the pool.
All rooms are bright and of a good standard with air conditioning, fridge, safety deposit box (local charge) and en-suite shower.
Club twin or double rooms with shower and balcony.
Club double rooms with shower.
Club twin rooms with shower and balcony. These rooms also take a camp bed suitable for a child (on request).
Club triple rooms with three single beds, shower and balcony.
Club sea view twin or double rooms with shower and balcony.
Club family rooms consist of one double bed and twin beds, shower and balcony.
Club sea view family rooms consist of one double bed and twin beds, or 4 single beds, shower and balcony.
Club inter-connecting rooms consist of two twin rooms or a double and twin room. Both rooms have shower and balcony.
Club sea view inter-connecting rooms consist of one double and one twin room, plus a camp bed suitable for a child (on request). Both rooms have shower and balcony.
Vassiliki is Neilson’s flagship windsurf centre with an impressive array of kit and expert tuition for beginners to experts. You can windsurf all day and if you still have the energy, we offer late safety cover every evening when the wind blows.
Sessions are divided into four groups from complete beginner to advanced sailor in line with the RYA Windsurfing Scheme. Experienced RYA qualified instructors run all sessions and group sizes relate to the RYA recommended teaching radios.
At the beginning of the week you will be assigned an instructor who will be teaching you for the duration of the week running through the course syllabus respective of your level. Neilson also run the youth scheme for children in the hotshots club where they can gain stages 1 to 4 in windsurfing and 1 to 3 in dinghy sailing.
Mountain and Road Biking
The flat picturesque olive groves in the valley are ideal for beginners and the surrounding mountainous terrain offer challenges for more advanced mountain bikers.
There are daily guided bike rides, advanced and intermediate rides usually set off at 8am, before the sun gets too high. The easy rides around the olive groves depart at
5.30pm for about 1 hour. All mountain bike rides are graded 1-5 on fitness (1-5) and a–e for technical difficulty, 5e being the most strenuous and technical.
Neilson have 20 mapped out intermediate and hard rides of anywhere between 1 and 6 hours and all rides head up into the mountains with some fantastic descents.
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboards
Five days a week you can take advantage of the calm glassy conditions of the bay first thing in the morning with stand up paddleboard sessions, this is either a fitness run out towards the back of the sailing area or a more relaxed paddle into town for a frappe.
Fitness and Swimming
The Cosmos Beachclub now offers a fitness programme with a range of classes to include stretch, yoga and Pilates.
Bed and continental breakfast. Lunch and evening meal can be purchased locally from the on-site restaurant.
*Denotes local charge