Popularity: Not Much
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Psili Ammos, which should not be confused with Chrysi Ammos or Psili Ammos in south-western Samos, is a beautiful small beach situated in a bay near Turkey. This is the ideal beach for a relaxing family vacation.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: ΕΝΕ, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW
Main Direction: ENE, S, E, SSE
Main Wind Direction: Offshore
A winter option as it’s ideal in southerlies, although the often-gusty wind does start later in the day. There’s a small standing-depth area in front of the beach that's good for beginners.
However, most of the time the wind is offshore or powered by a thermal effect. Be careful to watch the forecast since the thermal effect gives just enough wind to kite, but is NEVER stable to have a good session. Also a wind direction change can occur very rapidly, which makes you drift to Turkey. In summer the air temperature is 25-35 °C. During winter a wetsuit is necessary.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Attention: Ships/Boats, Jet Skis, Swimmers
In contrary to most beaches in Samos this one has sand and a sandy bottom. Also, the water is relative shallow (you can walk knee deep for over 25 m), which, if you are a kiter, makes it possible to launch a kite in the water.
Bathers Period: June, July, August, September, October
Kid Friendly: Yes
The beach is narrow and even from June there is a lot of crowd. Kiting there is not recommend in the weekends and in the high-season. With max 5 kiters the bay is full. Too dangerous for the sunbathers. Mykali, south-west of the point, is a good alternative. Although the place is nice if it is windy.
Access to Psili Ammos: From Samos towards the airport, then follow signs to Psili Ammos. There is a sandy road over the beach accessible with a 2 wheel drive car. Add the end there is a small parking lot. Be careful to keep speed at the end if you do not have a 4x4.
Access to Samos:
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Samos Island is located 3 km from Pythagorion, on the southern side of the island. It serves domestic flights to Athens and Thessaloniki all year round. The flight time from Athens and Thessaloniki to Samos is 45 minuts. In summer, it also serves charter flights from abroad and there is air connection with other Greek islands, such as Kos, Rhodes, Chios, Lesvos and Crete.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Samos is connected by boat and high speed boat with the port of Piraeus, the largest port of Athens. The conventional boat trip lasts about 12 hours (the boat stops at various islands in between). The high speed boat trip lasts 6 to 8 hours. Moreover, Samos is connected by boat to Kavala, Northern Greece, and many Aegean islands: Chios, Lesvos, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Ikaria, Fourni, Patmos, Kos, Leros, and Kalymnos. It is also connected by boat to Kousandasi in Turkey. Samos has two main ports, Vathy and Karlovassi, while in summer another port, Pythagorion, also operates.
Bus: Samos is a big island with a quite well organized network of public transportation means. There are buses that connect Vathy and Karlovasi to most of the beaches and to the biggest island’s villages. There are also monthly bus cards available with a discount of 30%, whereas the local buses’ company organizes special tours upon request.
Taxi: Taxis are available at multiple spots on the island.
Boat: Samos has some amazing isolated beaches, especially on the western coast of the island, which are accessible only by boat. Boats trip services are available at Karlovasi.