Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Located a couple of kilometres north of Chora, at the area of Stenies on the east coast of Andros, this is a nice beach with soft pebbles and crystal water. Although it forms a small cove, Gialia is often affected by summer winds, the so-called “Meltemia”.
Wind Type: Frontal Winds
Best Direction: E, SE
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
The beach is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern. Short period wind swells are the rule and the ideal wave angle is from the east/southeast ("Scirocco"). The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Access to Gialia: From Andros Town follow the road to Niborio and take a left towards Stenies.
Access to Andros:
Arrival by Airplane: Andros does not have its own airport. If you are coming to Andros from the International Airport of Athens, in Spata, you can use the Green Public Bus (KTEL of Attica) to the port of Rafina. The bus departs from the Arrivals Level, between Gates 2 and 3, just opposite the hotel of the airport (Sofitel). The distance is 10 km (20 minutes). Otherwise you can catch a taxi to Rafina Port. Then travel to Andros by ferry boat.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: A ferry to Gavrio, the main port of Andros located in the northwest side of the island, departs from the port of Rafina, on the northern side of Athens. There is no ferry to Andros from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. Rafina is the closest port to the International Airport of Athens. The ferry takes 2 hours to reach Gavrio.
There are daily ferries all year round, but schedules are more frequent in summertime (1-2 daily during winter and up to 6 in the summer). Andros is also connected with other Cyclades Islands by ferry boat, including Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, and Tinos.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: By private car via Attica Avenue in the direction of Markopoulo, exiting at the sign that says Rafina. Drive along Marathonos Avenue until you reach Rafina. The distance from Athens to Rafina is 32 km.
Arrival by Bus: You can reach Rafina Port by Suburban KTEL bus from the Green Park in Athens.