Style: Freeride, Wave, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Vouliagmeni (in Greek means "Sunken") is a seaside town and it is one of the most beautiful areas in Athens. It is one of the most acknowledged windsurfing spot in Attica and when southern winds blow it is the 1st in the surfers' preferences because of the ideal conditions for sup-surfing as the ride can be very long since the wave is slow and usually easy.
The area around the beach is cosmopolitan enough, with modern buildings, but the place still retains something of the country atmosphere it used to have in the past thanks to the trees and the nice sand of the beach.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE, S, SE, SW
Main Direction: N, NE, S, SE, SW, W
Worst Direction: W, E
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Offshore northern winds blows all year long, in contrast to the southern onshore winds that blows only in wintertime. Nice conditions for windsurfing. Also in Vouliagmeni bay "Meltemi" northern wind -known by the old Greeks as the Etesian (annual) northern winds- blows in summertime.
For kitesurf or surfing, in winter-time, when southern wind blows with force over 5 beaufort, it is the most popular spot; followed by Varkiza and Agios Dimitrios. With SE conditions it is gusty.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
Attention: Ships/Boats, Rocks, Urchins
With norther winds:
Usually flat conditions and sometimes a little choppy.
With southern winds:
The direction of the bay is southeastern so the largest wave is created with this direction’s wind. If the wind is strong, epic big and long waves (50 to 150 m long) with right and left direction are created, ideal for wave riding. The wave is slow and fun, but not easy. Remember that the wind causes the waves in this area. The best wave is, when the South wind blows strong during the night and stays South in the morning too.
Waves also with S or SW wind, but there must be enough strength. Most waves open at the left side, but also large swells at the right. The waves break at different places of the bay, so there is a place for everyone, although the spot will be overrun with crowds due to its short distance from the city (there is not enough space for windsurfers and kitesurfers).
The easier line-up approach is from the west side of the beach, behind the Nautica Club, where the area is protected from the waves and winds. Between the entrance and the Nautica Club located at the east side of the bay, the beach is private. The bottom is basically sandy and only close to the shore in the middle of the bay and especially in front of the “Ocean” cafe there are stones.
Remember that most of the surfers are in the center of the beach and the wave stronger, so it’s better to avoid it if we do not have the right experience. Also there is a lot of “washing machine”.
Vouliagmeni sits on the southwestern foot of the Hymettus mountain range (some 21 kilometers southeastern to the center of Athens). The beach is found off Poseidonos Avenue, just after Kavouri, within an open cove; it is bisected by a palm tree lined boulevard, Athinas Avenue, which arrives from Athens as Vouliagmenis Avenue, then runs parallel to the seashore and continues southwards.
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 Vouliagmeni by car or taxi, the airport is 26 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.
Varkiza is about 21 km away from Athens and 23 km from Piraeus, 39 km from Rafina and 45 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/Tram: Buses to this beach depart from Glyfada square (Bus 114 and 115). To go to Glyfada square from Syntagma, the centre of Athens, you have to take the tram.
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. Coming out of the station you go to take the bus or the tram.