Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Nafpaktos is a town in West Greece, the third largest town of Aetolia-Acarnania, after Agrinio and Missolonghi. Nafpacktos is situated on a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, 3 km west of the mouth of the river Mornos.
Here you can find one of the best and safest beaches for kite in Greece, located just outside Nafpaktos Town, in Gribovo beach.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: W, SW
Main Direction: NW, W, SW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Wind direction is mostly Northwest, West and Southwest direction with average 15-28 knots depends of the day. In summer season stable wind is almost every day and you can kite surf in onshore choppy conditions. There are many local riders in the spot through all year.
From March till September with forecast W/WS 3 bft and sunny day, 100% ideal conditions for kitesurf. Kite sizes: 9-12 m. Meteo is the best forecast for this spot.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
Attention: Swimmers, Rocks, Trash, Ships/Boats, Buoys
Very shallow, warm waters with sand and small rocks. Too crowed in summer time with beginners. Be careful of trash objects into the water.
Rules: 1) Especially during the summer months do not enter into swimmer’s areas (there are buoys in Lepanto Gulf), 2) Do not approach the entrance of the harbor, 3) Do not disturb boats, sailboats, cruise ships etc. 4) Kite areas: Freestyle Zone: in front of kite launching area and near the coast, Beginner’s Zone: after the Freestyle Zone and near the coast, Freeride Zone: deeper of Freestyle and beginner’s Zone.
Access to Nafpaktos: Nafpaktos is 12 km northeast of Antirio, 25 km northeast of Patras, 45 km east of Messolongi and 79 km southeast of Agrinio.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Caravan, Bus: Access from Athens can be done either via Corinth and then passing through the Bridge or ferry Rio - Antirio after riding 219 km, either through Livadia and Itea after riding 279 km.
Access from Thessaloniki can be done either via the National Road Athens – Lamia (Thessaloniki - Lamia - Bralos - Amfissa - Nafpaktos) after driving 445 km, either through Egnatia Motorway (Thessaloniki - Ioannina - Arta - Messolongi - Nafpaktos) from a route about 464 km.
Access to Greece:
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.
The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from 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 car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
Thessaloniki is the second main aerial entrance to Greece. The International Airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). There you can take a coach or a taxi to reach the destination of your choice.
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. If you are coming from Aegean Sea (from a Greek Island, Turkey or Cyprus) you will reach one of the Attica’s Ports in Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van, Bus: From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina & Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki, From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway, From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway. Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Chalkidiki Road Network: Exit K1 Thessaloniki, Exit K4 Thessaloniki, Exit Redina & Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta
Arrival by Train: Train travel is not so much in fashion anymore due to the complexity of the journey through the Balkans. Rail services link Thessaloniki with, Athens, Thrace and Patra. The line through what was once Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Istanbul, Turkey with the countries of the Near East.
If you choose to come to Attica by train, when you’ll arrive to “Stathmos Larissis” station, you’ll get the metro Line 2 with direction to “Agios Dimitrios” and after four stops you’ll arrive to Syntagma.