Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
This spot gathers not only locals, but also kitesurfers from Bulgarians from Sofia.
Porto Lagos is a small scenic village, which is coastal and lakeside at the same time since next to it is Vistonida lake and its coasts are washed by the Thracian sea. It is located on the northeastern side of the prefecture at the boarders of Xanthi and Rodopi prefectures and is popular with ornithologist, as well as lovers of bird watching as a perfect place for this activity.
Best Direction: S
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: Onshore
The spot has excellent conditions for kitesurfing if southern winds blow, almost always very steady.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Shallow flat/choppy water, ideal for beginners.
Porto Lagos is located 25 km SE of Xanthi, 42 km SW of Komotini, 222 km E of Thessaloniki (the second largest Greek city), 59 km (about 50 min) E of Kavala’s international airport (and the main seaport of Macedonia) & 108 km (about 1 hour and 15’) of Alexandroupoli’s international airport. The distance from Athens is in total 722 km.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Caravan: To reach the spot by car from Thessaloniki take the Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos). The Egnatia Motorway crosses Greece from its westernmost edge -Italy (Igoumenitsa)- to its easternmost borders with Turkey (Kipi, Evros). It is a modern motorway of international standards, equipped with devices and safety systems that aim at protecting and helping the motorists. After Xanthi you follow the eastern exit, the way to Porto Lagos.
Arrival by Airplane: From Athens to Alexandroupolis International Airport Democritus (AXD). The airport is located 7 km east of the city) the connection is daily and several times per day throughout the year. The airport is connected to the city of Alexandroupoli by urban bus.
Also, from Athens to Kavala International Airport Megas Alexandros – KVA (also called: Chrysoupoli Airport). At the airport of Kavala there is only the possibility of taxi transfer. Otherwise you can take a taxi to Chrysoupolis and then by bus to Kavala or by taxi to Xanthi.
From Thessaloniki International Airport Makedonia (SKG). The airport is connected by bus to the city centre of Thessaloniki, the Railway Station (OSE) and the Bus Station (KTEL Makedonia). Busses are operated by OASTH.
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 Vistonida Lake by train, there are several frequent transports (6 routes per day) from Athens or Thessaloniki to Drama and Alexandroupolis (Didymoticho). Kavala is served by rail from the Drama Railway Station.
Arrival by Bus: From Athens there is a direct connection to Kavala three times a day, to Drama twice daily and to Alexandroupolis once a day.
Even more routes between Athens and Thessaloniki; Specifically, from Kifissos there are 13 daily routes for Thessaloniki, from Omonoia 6 times a day and from Piraeus 2 times a day.
From Thessaloniki there is an almost hourly connection with Kavala, Drama and Alexandroupolis. Finally, the local connection between Kavala and Drama and Alexandroupolis - Didymoteicho is very frequent.
Also, there are daily regional connections between Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupoli, Orestiada, Didymoticho and other smaller towns.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There is a connection between Kavala and the islands of the Eastern Aegean (Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ai Stratis).
Access from Turkey: You can arrive by airplane to Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) and then by bus to Komotini. Then by bus to Xanthi and Porto Lagos. There are daily busses from Istanbul (Büyük İstanbul Otogarı), Tekirdağ and Keşan to Alexandroupoli (VISA to enter Turkey might be needed). Then by bus to Xanthi and Porto Lagos.
Access from Bulgaria: There are daily direct busses from Plovdiv, Haskovo, Harmanli and Svilengrad to Komotini. Then by bus to Xanthi and Porto Lagos. Additionally, you can arrive to Thessaloniki from Sofija, Plovdiv (and some other bulgarian cities) and then take the bus or train to Xanthi and Porto Lagos.