Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The island capital of Andros Town, known locally as Chora, is like a white blanket covering over a long, narrow 400 m long promontory that ends at a small rock islet.
Chora is blessed with two beautiful beaches. The main beach is called Niborio and is situated on the north side of the town. The second cove that surrounds the island's capital is located on the south side of town and it is called Paraporti.
Niborio beach emanates the atmosphere of the port it once was and it still serves as a harbour for fishermen boats and yachts. Only 300 meters to the north of Chora, the island’s capital, it is easily accessible by car or on foot.
Wind Type: Frontal Winds
Best Direction: NE, NNE
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right), Port (from the left)
The short fetch makes for windswells rather than groundswells and the best wave direction is from the north-northeast. The spot works only with powerful winds.
Offshore winds blow from the southwest with some shelter here from southeast winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
You can easily go into the sea, because it slopes gently. The waters are shallow which makes Niborio ideal for families with children and it is worth mentioning that they are also very clean despite the presence of many fishing boats and yachts.
The spot has a quite exposed beach break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Beginners better go to the centre of the beach.
The beach break offers both left and right-hand waves. At the south part, close to the pier, waves open only to the right for a long distance. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here, in winter months.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
The sandy beach is a favorite with the locals and it is also the location of the upscale Nautical Club. Despite the proximity to the island's capital, Niborio is quite tranquil, with a beautiful view of the Chora’s traditional architecture to the right.
Access to Chora: The beach is located 33 km SE from the port of Gavrio, at the east side of the island. The access from Chora is very easy, on foot or by car, following the coastal road to Stenies. There is also the local bus.
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.