Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The most popular beach of Gythio is Mavrovouni, placed at approximately 2 km to the south of the town right below Mavrovouni Village. The beach extends for over 5 km and is the largest one around Gythio.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE, NW, S
Main Direction: N, NE, NW, S
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
Here thermal offshore winds blow during summer, almost every day. Best direction is the onshore wind from South.In the afternoon it is the best time for windsurfing, as then the wind blows more strongly (4-4,5 bft).
If you are a kitesurfers, Kite size: 13-14 m and bodydrag entrance.
During summer no wetsuit needed. From November till April a normal wetsuit is required, otherwise a shorty will do.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Attention: Swimmers, Turtle Nests
Mavrovouni beach gets deep quite fast and it has small pebbles on the sea floor. It is choppy with small waves and it becomes a bit wavier with South winds. Also, it has been awarded the Blue Flag award, which proves the cleanness of its waters.
Pay attention to the swimmers. Restricted Zones, keep distance from the turtle nests.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Turtle nests
Nice beach with coarse sand and as it is 4,5 km long it has the advantage that never get crowded. Thetre are no shells, only some rocks and pebbles on the beach.
Moreover, it offers a proper environment for the caretta-caretta sea turtles, an endangered species, to lay their eggs. They are protected by Archelon, a Greek society for the Protection of the Sea Turtle. Pay attention to the sea turtle nests on the beach, which are marked.
Access to Mavrovouni: Follow the journey by road from Athens through the National Road Athens - Corinth - Tripoli - Sparti. Then follow the road towards Gythio. Before arriving to Gythio, turn right when you see the sign for Areopolis. At Mavrovouni junction turn left.
Access to Laconia: Laconia is located on the southeastern part of Peloponnese. The access is easy by private vehicle or public transportation via the existing road network, in the following ways:
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.
During summer months there are regular flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Kalamata International Airport (KLX) as well as certain charter flights from major European cities.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: In order to go to Laconia by car from Athens, the distance is about 280 km, from Thessaloniki the distance is about 770 km, from Patras the distance is 320 km, from Tripoli 130 km and from Sparti 80 km.
From Athens: To get to Laconia by car from Athens, coming from the capital, select the new National Road Athens - Corinth onto Route E94, continue on Route E94, following the signs for Patra/Tripoli/Korinthos onto Route E65 and follow the signs for E62/E952/Kalamata/Tripoleos. Then follow the Tripoli - Sparti road E961. The drive takes approx. 3 ½ to 4 hours.
From Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos"(ATH): Starting from the airport enter Attiki Odos and drive to the end of it (at Eleusis). After you exit Attiki Odos you will automatically enter National Highway Corinth - Patras.
From Patra (Port/Peloponnese): Take new National Road Athens - Corinth towards Athens. Proceed south on Route E65 to Patra/Tripoli/Korinthos and follow the signs for E62/E952/Kalamata/Tripoleos. Then follow the Tripoli - Sparti road E961.
From Kalamata: There are two possible routes with little to choose between them:
The route from Kalamata airport to the Sparti Road (82) is quite easy although not well signposted:
Turn left out of the airport and continue to Asprohoma (it is a 'T' junction with traffic lights). Turn right here and you are on the 82 to Kalamata. Continue through two sets of traffic lights (after the first set the road becomes a dual carriageway - you could turn left here and use the old Athens road into the centre but I do not recommend it as it does get a bit tricky at times) into Kalamata. Look out for a Super Market on your left, after this get over to the left as you need to take a left at the next traffic lights - there is a 'turn left lane' at these lights. Once you have turned (onto Artemidos) continue on this road which although it narrows as it goes through the town, remains a dual carriageway. You will eventually see the Bus Station on your left (the road is now two ways), continue and you will see a car park on your right and the road appears to almost end. However, it bends to the right around the car park with trees, greenery on your left and after a short distance it becomes a fairly narrow road which starts to climb. This is the Sparti road - it may not look like it but it is. Just stay on this road and you will climb out of Kalamata and the road will eventually open out into a good two lane highway.
You can also get down the coast, past Stoupa to Areopoli then to Gythio and Skala.
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.
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 the most of the towns and villages of the prefecture.