Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Chalkida is the capital of the prefecture of Evia. It is built on both sides of the Strait of Euripus; one part on the island of Evia and the other on mainland Greece.
Liani Ammos beach is a sandy beach adjacent to the city of Chalkida. It does not stand out as a beach (mostly because of the urban scenery) but is preferred by windsurfers and kitesurfers.
The special thing about this surfing spot is the unique tidal phenomenon, where the waters change directions every six hours (with an one hour pause), a must see!
Best Direction: N, NW
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
Liani Ammos is an amazing place to learn kiteboard because of the shallow waters and the great "Meltemi" wind conditions. Often the wind is unstable and gusty. The spot works only with strong North wind because of the landscape.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
This beach is not recommended for swimming, but it is one of the most interesting beaches in Greece. The reason is the phenomenon of tide, which in this beach is very intense: 6 hours is full of water and 6 hours is totally empty. During the low tide, you can go and pick up shells and watch the sea birds searching for fishes. Due to the shallow depth, if blows strong north winds, there are big waves and it is the right place for wind and kitesurfing.
Be careful when you go in or out of the water, there are sharp rocks!
Bathers Period: July, August
Liani Ammos is located very close to the road (near to the tennis courts) and the tall apartment buildings and the scenery is not very attractive.
However the beach itself is not bad. It' s a beach preferred mainly by locals.
Chalkida is the capital of the prefecture of Evia. It lies north-east off the mainland of Greece.
Access to Chalkida from Athens:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: Chalkida is approximately 77 km away from the Greek capital. The journey takes 45 minutes by car. Take the E75 Athens-Lamia National Road towards Lamia and then follow the road signs for Chalkida.
Arrival by Train: Chalkida is also the northern terminal of line 1 of Athens suburban railway (Proastiakos).
Arrival by Bus: Access to Chalkida is easy by intercity buses (KTEL) from Liosion City (near Kato Patisia "Electric" train Station).
Access to Chalkida from Thessaloniki:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The city can be reached by Athens-Thessalokini National Road. At Shimatari (after Thiva) turn left. The total distance is 456 km.
Arrival by Train: It is not possible to travel directly by train from Thessaloniki to Chalkida without changing trains but some trains run on lines Thessaloniki-Athens and Athens-Chalkida allowing you to make the entire trip only by rail.
Trains of TrainOSE to Athens leave from Thessaloniki railway station in Thessaloniki. Arrival in Athens will take place at Athens station (0.9 mi from the city centre). Correspondence or change is required in Athens where the train operated by TrainOSE leave for Chalkida.
Arrival by Airplane: No flight allows you to fly directly to Chalkida from Thessaloniki. You can take the flight Thessaloniki-Athens and complete the other part of your journey traveling by train.
Leave Thessaloniki and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Makedonia SKG airport, 7.5 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos International airport, IATA code: ATH).
Access to Athens:
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.
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.
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.