Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Milos (or Agios Andreas) spot, near Astros of Kynouria -an ancient district on the eastern coast of Peloponnese- is one of the two most suitable places for windsurf of the Arcadias’ coastline (the second one is Portes) and one of the best spots for kitesurf in Greece.
Agios Andreas Village is located on the edge of a hill, lies on the road to Leonidio, and is situated 9 km from the village of Astros. At this point, Zabanitsa Gorge ends and the Vrasiatis River flows into the sea.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: NE, NNE, SE, W
Main Direction: N, NE, SE
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore, Offshore
Blowing at: Midday
Very consistent thermals during half the year appearing in the midday, creates good conditions with side-on air direction. Very good choice for warm days with apnea & with NE, NNE wind direction. In early summer often high pressures affect Meltemi and do not let the breeze to act. In those days, Astros is a good freestyle spot with unstable wind. Sail size: 4.8-5.2.
In winter 70-80 days windsurfing & kiting with northern and southeastern winds. Experts can windsurf with western winds; extremely strong offshore winds with incredible flat water.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Usually there are no waves but small and not disturbing chop. As you approach the beach the water is flat. However, it is advisable not to approach the beach, as the wind is gusty.
If you are a kitesurfer, ask local kiters how they set up their kites, as it is a bit peculiar the way they choose to take off. Also see kitesurfer's and swimmer's zones here. Probably the best spot in eastern Peloponnese. No more than 5 locals riding daily! During summer season perhaps as many as 20 kites.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Trees, Fence
The beach is huge (bigger than 10 km long) which means that even in August there’s an ocean of space. Tourists are packed in the end of the city limits leaving the virgin parts (virgin as you move away from Paralio) of the beach unoccupied. Don't ride during summer season too close to the tourist areas. Ideal kite spot combined with family vacation. The beach has a nice view of the Mirtoo Sea and Astros Village.
In this place there are ruins of a cyclopean wall. Near the beach there is a small church and a tall tower, possibly of Venetian construction.
Access to Milos: the spot is about 2,5 hours from Athens (171 km). In order to get there, just before you reach the spot you have to take a small dirt road. Although, you can park in the small port and go to the beach on foot.
Access to Arcadia: The prefecture has a fully developed road and railing network. Other national roads to the south or west-south Peloponnese pass through Tripoli. The operation of the newly constructed national road Tripoli - Athens, as well as its imminent extension up to Kalamata is of great importance for the easy road access in the prefecture. The seaside resorts of Arcadia (Astros, Leonidio, Tiros) are also connected with the rest of Greece by sea.
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.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you want to drive to Arcadia from Athens, you take the National Highway from Athens to Corinth. After the Corinth Canal, you follow the signs to Tripolis and Kalamata. In the middle way between Corinth and Tripolis, you see signs to Argos and Nafplion. First you reach Argos, and then you’ll drive southern, passing through Mili Village in the northwestern coast of the Argolic Gulf. Further south, after Astros Village, Korakovouni and Agios Antreas, you will turn left. The spot is northern than Agios Antreas Port.
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 Arcadia very frequently, to the most of the towns and villages as well as regions and areas of the prefecture.
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. When you reach Korinthos, drive southern to Arcadia.