Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. It lies off the coast of Cape Malea and Vatika.
Many people visit the island for its light colored, sandy beaches. During July and August the number of tourist visitors reaches over 3,000 per day (bringing with them some 1,600 cars).
Except of the idyllic scenery and safe gulf enclosure, the spot has always been kind to the fans of windsurfing for its Southern, Western and Northern winds.
Simos consists of two beaches, Megalos (Large) Simos and Mikros (Small) Simos. Megalos Simos is the longest beach in Elafonisos and Mikros Simos can be accessed within a short walking distance from there. A narrow stretch of white sand divides these two magnificent beaches which are gifted with turquoise exotic waters.
Medium Months: January, February, July, August, December
Best Direction: S, SW, WSW, W
Main Direction: N, NE, S, SW, WSW, W, NW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Offshore, Onshore, Side Onshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
Strong North winds during April to September are passing the island with force up to 35 knots many times (Flat and Chop water). The best wind blows in the afternoon. Kitesurf only with rescue boat!
In winter time Elafonisos has mostly W/SW winds.
The weather is mostly sunny and in summer season temperature is around 15-30 °C.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
The sea bed is sandy and quite deep.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
In Elafonisos will glad for what nature has created and the tornado, which they say the older large mass of sand transported from Africa and deposited in this island (the area is made up of white sand dunes).
During high season, it gets crowded.
There are some archaeological discoveries to explore on the island and in the surrounding waters. Also, Elafonisos has spectacular wealth of flora, which made the relevant European Network of Protected Areas includes the region of Elafonisos in the program NATURA 2000.
Access to Mikros Simos: Access to Elafonisos is easy via the existing road network through Punta in southern Laconia. You can reach the island by car, moto, taxi and bus.
Follow the journey by road from Athens through the National Road Athens - Corinth - Tripoli - Sparti. After Sparti turn left to Krokees to Skala - Neapoli. After the Archangelos Village and some kilometers on the right side you will see the sea and see Elafonisos Island.
To get to the island, you should take the ferry from Pounda. There are frequent ferry routes and more recurrent during the summer season between the island and Pounta, which is 700 meters far from Elafonisos. Also you can take a water taxi from Neapoli.
Simos Beach is easy to reach by car, although the road needs some repairing.
Access to Laconia: Laconia is located on the southeastern part of Peloponnese. The access is easy by private vehicle or public transportation via the existing road network, in the following ways:
Arrival by Airplane: The new airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the best airports in Europe, (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV) is located in Spata Town and serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world. You can take a charter flight, so you can carry your windsurf equipment with you as well.
During summer months there are regular flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Kalamata International Airport (KLX) as well as certain charter flights from major European cities.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: In order to go to Laconia by car from Athens, the distance is about 280 km, from Thessaloniki the distance is about 770 km, from Patras the distance is 320 km, from Tripoli 130 km and from Sparti 80 km.
From Athens: To get to Laconia by car from Athens, coming from the capital, select the new National Road Athens - Corinth onto Route E94, continue on Route E94, following the signs for Patra/Tripoli/Korinthos onto Route E65 and follow the signs for E62/E952/Kalamata/Tripoleos. Then follow the Tripoli - Sparti road E961. The drive takes approx. 3 ½ to 4 hours.
From Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos"(ATH): Starting from the airport enter Attiki Odos and drive to the end of it (at Eleusis). After you exit Attiki Odos you will automatically enter National Highway Corinth - Patras.
From Patra (Port/Peloponnese): Take new National Road Athens - Corinth towards Athens. Proceed south on Route E65 to Patra/Tripoli/Korinthos and follow the signs for E62/E952/Kalamata/Tripoleos. Then follow the Tripoli - Sparti road E961.
From Kalamata: There are two possible routes with little to choose between them:
The route from Kalamata airport to the Sparti Road (82) is quite easy although not well signposted:
Turn left out of the airport and continue to Asprohoma (it is a 'T' junction with traffic lights). Turn right here and you are on the 82 to Kalamata. Continue through two sets of traffic lights (after the first set the road becomes a dual carriageway - you could turn left here and use the old Athens road into the centre but I do not recommend it as it does get a bit tricky at times) into Kalamata. Look out for a Super Market on your left, after this get over to the left as you need to take a left at the next traffic lights - there is a 'turn left lane' at these lights. Once you have turned (onto Artemidos) continue on this road which although it narrows as it goes through the town, remains a dual carriageway. You will eventually see the Bus Station on your left (the road is now two ways), continue and you will see a car park on your right and the road appears to almost end. However, it bends to the right around the car park with trees, greenery on your left and after a short distance it becomes a fairly narrow road which starts to climb. This is the Sparti road - it may not look like it but it is. Just stay on this road and you will climb out of Kalamata and the road will eventually open out into a good two lane highway.
You can also get down the coast, past Stoupa to Areopoli then to Gythio and Skala.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: If you are coming from the European continent and you prefer to take the ferry from an Italian Port, you need to head towards Italy and the Italian ports of Ancona, Venice Bari or Brindisi. Those ports have daily connections to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras New Port: When you exit from the new port, follow the signs to Athens.
Arrival by Bus: From the airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, the metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from the centre of Athens are to be found opposite the main exit of the airport. The distance is 44 km. The bus journey takes between 35 and 45 minutes to the city centre at Syntagma (Parliament) Square (of course depending on the time and traffic), therefore the best way is to take the “Athens metro” that connects the airport with Athens and Piraeus. There are also car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
The bus E93, which leaves from the main building of the airport (ports 4-5) get off Kifissos bus station from where you change and take Intercity bus running daily from Athens to the most of the towns and villages of the prefecture.