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SVALLAS (KAMPOS), SAMOS, NORTH AEGEAN

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Samos is often affectionately referred to as the Emerald of the Aegean and as soon as you arrive there you will understand why. Two mountain formations cover the greatest part of the island, with acres of forests, vineyards and olive groves overlooking the aqua blue Aegean Sea.



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Best Direction: ENE, WSW
Main Direction: NE, ENE, S, WSW
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It's usually windier than elsewhere. The wind in summer will come out of the direction WSW most of the time.


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Type: Chop, Medium Wave (1-3m)
Quality: Clean
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
Seabed:
Attention: Currents, Wave Breakers / Groynes, Rocks, Stones

The water is very deep close to shore. There are no tides and when there is enough wind a lot of waves and chop occur. A strong northerly whips the chop up into proper windswell that can get big by Greek standards, especially in May.

The beach break is short but violent; it is difficult to go in and out of the water. Safest is to bodydrag out to deeper water to avoid hurting yourself on the rocks on the bottom. The water becomes deep very quickly; you cannot stand anymore just meters from the shore break.

Type: Rocks, Stones
Size: Medium
Bathers Period: July, August
Bathers: Sparse
Shade: Sparse
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Fence, Power Lines

This rocky beach is rarely visited by holidaymakers. The rocks and the driftwood are a big thread for your (tube) kite (if you are a kitesurfer). The beach is long but narrow, around 15 to 20 m. Launching is difficult, behind the beach there are trees, buildings and rocks. The stones are big one the beach, which makes walking (especially without shoes) difficult. Since the wind is side shore most of the time you have to launch using a few small roads to get the extra width. So, although there's enough space at Svallas, there aren’t usually many kites here -as anywhere on Samos.

At the end of the beach there is a sharp, dangerous rock formation going out to sea for 10 m, which will prevent you from getting blown away in the next bay. This bay is situated within high cliffs, so no wind there. Next possible place to go back on-shore would be Kokkari. A big hazard, so go upwind as much as possible. There is no rescue and the beach is pretty deserted. It is not recommend kiting here on your own.

GPS Google Maps: 37.80489, 26.84416

Access to Svallas: From Samos drive NW along the north coast until you reach Avlakia and Svallas. It is a small sign so please do not drive to fast or you will miss it.


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.

Local Transportation:

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.



  • Windsurf Lessons Windsurf Lessons

  • Windsurf Rental Windsurf Rental

  • Kitesurf Lessons Kitesurf Lessons

  • Kitesurf Rental Kitesurf Rental

  • Surf Lessons Surf Lessons

  • Surf Rental Surf Rental

  • SUP Rental SUP Rental

  • Storage Storage

  • Repair Repair

  • Washing Washing

  • Rescue Rescue

  • Equipment Store Equipment Store

  • Events Events

  • Parking Parking
    May park on the beach
  • Toilet Toilet

  • Beach facilities Beach facilities
    A few umbrellas & sunbeds

  • Food Food
    A tavern and a small beach bar

  • Market Market

  • Acommodations Acommodations
    A few hotels in the area

  • Camping Camping

  • Nightlife Nightlife
    Only in Kokkari and Samos Town

  • Medical Center Medical Center
    Regional Clinic in Kokkari (7 km SE)





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