Popularity: Very High
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Speed
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Anavissos is one of the most known and beautiful beach resorts situated close to Cape Sounion. Over the years, many Athenians have moved here from the city centre and many country-houses have been built on the hill slopes facing the crystalline beach.
This bay is a particularly popular destination for windsurf fans, since the weather conditions allow windsurfers of all levels to enjoy their favorite sport all year round. It is a safe bay, ideal spot also for beginners.
Kitesurfers are forbidden; you will meet a few only in winter months, that there are no swimmers in the water.
Medium Months: April, May
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: NE, SW
Main Direction: NE, S, SW
Worst Direction: W, NW, E
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
In summer time north thermal winds blows mostly all day long, around 15-25 knots. Offshore gusty conditions. There are many windsurfers, especially in July.
There are no thermal winds if temperature is above 38 C° -not common.
In winter time it is also one of the best spots in Attica. It works with S/SW frontal winds. Onshore conditions, with force many times up to 25 knots. For wave-riders, Palea Fokea spot is the ideal choice.
With W, NW direction the wind is very gusty and very often not blowing at all.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Attention: Swimmers, Rocks, Urchins, Jet Skies, Boats
Anavissos is really a summertime beginners' spot, as the large bay is no deeper than 2m, and walking back upwind along the beach is no problem. The area is also ideal for the children who love activities in the water and the sand.
With NE wind there are flat and chop conditions. With SW flat conditions at the western end of the beach, choppy and wavy more east.
During the summer season are placed buoys to separate swimmers from windsurfers. Beware of boats coming in and out all day from the marina at the western end of the beach. Be careful of some rocks near the beach, in frond of the center and more west, where may be some sea urchins on them. More east, in swimmer’s area, there is only sand.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
The U-shaped bay is about 1,3 km long. The abundance of choices for any activity makes the whole area a pole of attraction both for permanent residency, for summer staying and for daily excursions and for a short break from everyday stress and routine. As a result the area attracts a lot of people.
At the western end of the beach there are some stones in and out of the water. At the east there is only sand.
Anavissos Bay is located on the Saronic Gulf coast, in the southwestern part of the Attica peninsula.
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.
If you want to go directly to Anavissos spot by car or taxi, the airport is 34 km away, with quick and easy access.
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 Town.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you’re coming by Ferry from an Italian port, Patra is about 211 km away from the center of Athens and Igoumenitsa is about 445 km. There are some good highways a like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway. Anavissos is about 42 km away from Athens and Piraeus (Greek National Road 91: Athens – Sounio) passes through the town), 48 km from Rafina and 14 km from Lavrio. If you come from Thessaloniki -Greece's second largest city- the distance is about 542 km till Athens center.
Arrival by Bus: Coach Services are operated by KTEL between almost every town, all year long. If you’re already to Athens, there are several bus routes available to Anavissos with urban bus lines (within Athens center) and with suburban bus lines.
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 to come to Attica by train, you can get the metro Line 2 from “Stathmos Larissis” station.