Style: Freeride, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Nea Makri beach is one of the longest beaches near Athens. The proximity of the beach to the city of Athens (44 km) makes it a good windsurfing spot if you live, work or enjoy your vacation in the capital.
The huge beach of starts from the centre of the settlement (at the side of the port), extends to the north and at its end, where there is the church of Agia Kyriaki (it is called Brexiza). The spot is in front of the church and after it, the beach of Marathonas starts.
Medium Months: June, July, August
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE
Main Direction: N, NE, NW, S, SE, SW
Wind Factor: 04-10 knots (2-3 bft), 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday
The weather conditions are good for windsurfers of any level. Stable side shore northern wind all year round. Southern onshore wind is not very strong.
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
Seabed: Sand, Pebbles, Stones, Reefs
Attention: Stones, Umbrellas
The beach of Brexiza has been awarded the last years with the Blue Flag. Keep in mind that this coast is very popular amongst swimmers and sunbathers during the summer.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
The coast is made mostly of fine pebbles. Watch out as there are stones on the edges of the small creek. Along the beach there is a large pedestrian for walking or biking.
The spot is situated on the coast of the Petalioi Gulf, a gulf of the Aegean Sea, in the easternmost part of the Attica peninsula. It is 11 km north of Rafina and 41 km northeast of Athens city centre.
From Agios Stefanos through Marathon Lake, from Dionyssos 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).
When you reach Marathon Avenue, from Athens to Marathon, and when you get to Nea Makri, turn right after the Lidl Supermarket on your left. Straight out on the coastal road and then turn left. At the end of the road you will see the church of Agia Kyriaki. You can park in the small parking area.
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 Nea Makri by car or taxi, the airport is 24 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.
Arrival by Bus: The orange KTEL buses run five journeys daily from the park of Pedion tou Areos in central Athens. They stop at Ambelokipi and Ethniki Amyna metro stations. Agia Kyriaki is 1,5 km away fron Marathonos Avenue.
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 Nea Makri and Marathonas.