Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The Gulf of Kalloni is an ideal place for fun and education in wind surfing and kite surfing. The reason is that just a Gulf and not an open sea or ocean, that while there is strong wind there are not huge waves.
The town of Kalloni sits in a lush and enormous valley that borders the bay of Kalloni. This valley is home to many different species of birds and wildflowers and in springtime the hotels are full of bird watchers from all over the world. The bay itself is a marvel to behold. More like an inland sea then a bay, it is ringed by mountains on two sides and the fertile valley on another opposite a small channel that leads to the sea. It is full of sardines which Lesvos and the town of Kalloni in particular is famous for. The reason as explained to me is because the rains wash the oil from the olive groves into the bay.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction:
Because of the surrounding mountains, the bay of Kalloni is a great place for windsurfing all year round, but much lighter winds than the west coast. Northerly thermals in summer, onshore southerlies and a little chop in winter.
Days with no wind anywhere, in Skala Kallonis there will be an 8-15 knots wind, for 2 hours at noon.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Attention: Mole, Shells
Here the waters are crystal clear, shallow and almost never rough. Sailing in this huge bay almost feels like a lake.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Shells, Trees
Skala Kallonis is a gorgeous large sandy beach, ideally situated in the Kalloni Bay. It offers a great deal especially to families.
There are many, very friendly pelicans around the beach.
Access to Skala Kallonis: The market town of Kalloni is located 42 Km west of Mytilini. In The beach resort is 3 Km south of the town of Kalloni.
Access to Lesvos: The capital of Lesvos is Mytilene. The only Airport on the island is there, as the ferry is departing from there too.
Arrival by Airplane: The Mytilene International Airport "Odysseus Elytis" (MJT) is situated on the south eastern side of the island, 8 km out of Mytilene (capital). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. It receives daily flights from Athens all year round and the flight time is 1 hour. It also receives flights from Thessaloniki 4-5 times per week operated by a small air company. In summer, another small air company has air connections between Lesvos, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Samos, Chios and Lemnos. Furthermore, in the summertime there are more flights destinations and direct international flights from Germany's Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) and Munich Airport (MUC), Austria's Vienna International Airport (VIE), Great Britain's Gatwick Airport (LGW), and Slovenia's Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU).
Arrival by Ferry / Boat: Mytilene harbor has trips to Piraeus, the largest port of Athens, 4-5 times per week. This ferry also connects Lesvos with other islands, including Syros, Mykonos, Ikaria and Chios. The travel time takes about 10 hours. You can also travel by boat directly from Lavrion to Sigri Port. So for the weekend is excellent; every Friday from Lavrion, every Sunday night from Sigri. Also, there are trips from the harbor to Ayvalik (Turkey) every week. In summer, there are also ferries to Lesvos from the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala on the northern side of Greece, as well as from other Aegean Islands, such as Samos, Kos, Rhodes, Lemnos, etc.
Bus Service: The urban bus station is at Sappho Square, the northern "top" of the inner harbour horseshoe waterfront. The inter-city bus station is near Agias Irinis Park in the southwest corner of the inner harbour.
Taxi Service: Taxis are cheap and the taxidrivers are obliged to use the taximeter. Taxis based in Mytilene are yellow. Taxis not based in Mytilene are grey-coloured. Taxis can be used for local transportation, transfers, and excursions.