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SCHINIAS, ATTICA, CENTRAL GREECE

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Activities: Windsurf, Kitesurf, SUP
Popularity: Moderate
Style: Freeride, Wave, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist

The beautiful and famous sandy beach in front of the summer settlement of Schinias, is one of the larger in Attica. It is situated some 50 km northeastern to the center of Athens and some 3 km northeastern to the Tomb of Marathonas.

It is well-known and appreciated among windsurfing lovers, since it’s often affected by the northern and southern winds.



Best Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Medium Months:
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: E, ESE, N, NE, S, SW, SE
Main Direction: N, NE, S, SW
Worst Direction:
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right), Port (from the left)

In Schinias Bay it is windy all year round.

From May to October the location is exposed to the famous ‘Meltemi’ NE off-shore winds, blowing with force 11 to force 20 and sometimes to force 25 bft.

Ideal conditions for beginners: E, ESE, N, NE winds ranging from 7-14 knots,

Ideal conditions for advanced riders: E, ESE, N, NE, S, SW, SE winds 15+ knots, 

Ideal hours: 12:00 -18:00

In winter months the spot works also, but mostly with the wind from the South. The average force is 12-30 knots, depends on the weather. With directly S direction the wind blows towards to the shore.

It is not recommended for beginner windsurf and kitesurfers, because the onshore conditions cause big and wild waves with difficult “washing machine”. In this case go to Schinias (Forest) Spot. With SW waves are smaller and it makes it suitable for all levels of riders.


WindGuru Poseidon Windfinder Windyty Meteo NOA UOA Greece UOA Live Station 1 Live Station 2 Live Station 3
Type: Chop, Small Wave (< 1m), Medium Wave (1-3m)
Quality: Unsuitable
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand
Attention:

In summertime choppy conditions. Only for windsurfing in that period, kitesurf is not suitable as there are a lot of swimmers in the area.

In winter it's deserted, so you can fully devote yourself to the cross-onshore waves that can get surprisingly big.

Type: Sand
Size: Medium
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Bathers: Much
Shade: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention:

Schinias is a wonderful long and pine curved beach, with a great reputation for its crystalline waters and the comfortable facilities.

Its natural beauty receives is definitely one of the reasons why many Athenians visit especially during the weekends.

GPS Google Maps: 38.13593, 24.01871

The popular coastal Schinias resort is situated some 3 kilometers northeastern to the Tomb of Marathonas and some 50 kilometers northeastern to the center of 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.

If you want to go directly to Schinias by car or taxi, the airport is 45 km away, with quick and easy access. The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway do not serve this area!

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. Schinias is about 50 km away from Athens and 58 km away from Piraeus, 21 km from Rafina and 70 km from Lavrio. If you come from Thessaloniki -Greece's second largest city- the distance is about 521 km till Athens center.

From Agios Stefanos through Marathon Lake, from Dionissos and Agios Petros through Nea Makri, from Mesogeion Ave or from Attiki odos (exits 16P from Elefsina or last exit to Rafina - Pikermi from Ymittos ring and exit 15 from Markopoulo), follow the signs for the Olympic Rowing centre, whatever the route you take, all roads go to Shinias beach.

Arrival by Bus: The orange KTEL buses run five journeys daily from the park of Pedion tou Areos in central Athens, the first at 07.30 and the last at 18:00. They stop at Ambelokipi and Ethniki Amyna metro stations. The last bus back leaves Schinias at 20.30.

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 two stops you’ll arrive to Omonia. Then you’ll get on the "Electric" Line 1st having direction towards "Kifissia" and you get off at "Viktoria". Coming out of the station you go to Pedion tou Areos from where you can take the intercity bus (KTEL) that goes to Schinias.



  • Windsurf Lessons Windsurf Lessons
    There are many Centers in the area; most of them open from 9.00 am till 9.00 pm, April to October

  • Windsurf Rental Windsurf Rental

  • Kitesurf Lessons Kitesurf Lessons

  • Kitesurf Rental Kitesurf Rental

  • Surf Lessons Surf Lessons

  • Surf Rental Surf Rental

  • SUP Rental SUP Rental

  • Storage Storage

  • Washing Washing

  • Rescue Rescue
    Life guarding services, Rescue boats

  • Events Events
    Freeride, Slalom & Formula windsurfing events

  • Parking Parking
    There are plenty parking spaces into the private beach clubs’ and cafeterias’ areas
  • Toilet Toilet

  • Shower Shower

  • Beach facilities Beach facilities
    Full organized beach (umbrellas & sunbeds)

  • Food Food
    Many beach bars & several fish taverns. Also some fish and meat taverns inland on the road

  • Market Market
    Supermarkets, Bakeries, Butcher shops & Grocery stores in the area

  • Acommodations Acommodations
    Hotels on the beach and in the wider region

  • Camping Camping

  • Room for Camper Vans Room for Camper Vans

  • Nightlife Nightlife
    Good night scene

  • Internet Access Internet Access

  • Medical Center Medical Center
    In case of emergence, the pharmacy or the Local Medical Center of Nea Makri, some 5 kilometers southern to the beach are available for you

  • More Activities More Activities
    Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Sea Kayaks, Subwing, Catamaran Triathlon Training, Beach Volley




2019

HELLENIC SLALOM TOUR - RACE#3
Date: 14/09/2019


2018

HELLENIC SLALOM TOUR - RACE#5
Date: 22/09/2018


2016

2nd GREECE ON BOARD FESTIVAL
Date: 02/07/2016


2015

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL FORMULA WINDSURFING
Date: 08/09/2015
1st GREECE ON BOARD FESTIVAL
Date: 27/06/2015


2011

1st BALKAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS WINDSURFING
Date: 22/09/2011


2010

GREEK FORMULA WINDSURFING NATIONALS
Date: 05/08/2010


2008

FORMULA WINDSURFING GREEK NATIONALS
Date: 28/08/2008
WINDSURFING LONG DISTANCE - BLASTER RACE
Date: 01/05/2008

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