Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Lemnos resides at the NE part of the Aegean Sea, where the Meltemi wind starts its journey over the Greek islands. In ancient times was also known as “Anemoessa” which means “Windy Island”. For those big wave fans, the island features one of the best wave spots in Greece, Gomati.
What make the island so attractive are the unspoiled terrain and the natives. On this island you can see Greece as it was 30 or 50 years ago. Far away from mass tourism, Lemnos still offering deserted beaches (more than 100), natural reserves, idyllic small villages and archeological sites.
Medium Months: May, June, July, August
Wind Type: Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft), 34-40 knots (8 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Lemnos is an average wind spot with the Meltemi normally blowing force 15-25 knots, but some days can also be super strong -like most of the Greek islands.
Gomati spot is more for wintertime, however it is cold here from January until March. Chances are better if you visit early or late in the season. Superb conditions with strong N & NE. With straight N wind, completely side conditions, especially after NE days.
In summertime this secluded beach is best in the morning, as the heat of the day often stifles the wind. If you are a kitesurfer, you should expect to use kites between 8-12 m but often, smaller. If you are a windsurfer, keep in mind that there are many kitesurfers on that period.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Gomati awakens in winter and gives birth to 3-4 m easy, smooth and glassy waves! Similar to external conditions, as between the long mast-high waves the water is flat. Till 25 knots relatively safe conditions. With stronger than 30 knots wind strength the wave height can reach up to 5 meters!
The side-onshore wind allowing several times front-side wave riding, while having great ramps for jumps.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The sandy beach has more than 1 km length.
The widespread sand-dunes, the turquoise waters and the crazy rock formations of the island really make you believe you are on a surf trip in Mexico, Australia, or Hawaii!
In winter it is most likely that you will be alone.
Access to Gomati: The beach is about 21 km from Myrina, 16 km from the airport and 4 km from Katalakko Village. A good quality dirt road going up there.
Access to Lemnos: Visitors can travel to Lemnos by ferry or plane.
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Lemnos (LXS) is located on the eastern side of the island, 18 km from Myrina. It receives daily flights from Athens (ATH) all year round and the flight time is 1 hour. It also receives flights from Thessaloniki (SKG) 4-5 times per week operated by a small air company. In summer, another small air company operates flights between Lemnos and Lesvos or Heraklion, Crete. From the beginning of May till the end of October, there is a direct flight from London.
There is a bus service between the airport and the capital of the island.
Arrival by Ferry / Boat: There are ferries to Lemnos from the port of Lavrion, a small port town on the southern side of Attica Peninsula, running all year round 3 times per week. The trip is long and lasts about 9 hours. There are also ferries to Lemnos from Piraeus Port but the trip is much longer (about 13-24 hours), from Rafina (10 hours) via Agios Efstratios, from Chios (11 hours), from Alexandroupolis (5 hours) via Samothraki and 1-2 ferries per week from Thessaloniki (7 hours). In summer, there are also ferries from the port of Kavala (4-5 hours), on the northern side of Greece.
Local Transportation: Bus services on this island are poor. In summer there are two buses daily from Myrina to most of the villages. You will find the schedule at the bus station on square Eleftheriou Venizelou. You can also rent a car.