Style: Freeride, Wave
Sykia is bordered to the North by the famous Gulf of Corinth, a strip of sea that separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
The beach of Sykia is one of the best kite and windsurfing spots in Greece. The village is about 2 km before Xylokastro.
Medium Months: June, September, October
Best Direction: W, NW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
The wind direction is normally NW-W with average 15-35 knots depends of the forecast. Many locals’ windsurfer & kitesurfer in the region during all year.
Sykia is famous among locals for its beautiful beach, which has been awarded a Blue Flag every year.
Because the bay is open, windy easily lifted waves. In contrast to apnea the sea is extremely calm. It is also characterized by a variety of currents.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September, October
Kid Friendly: Yes
A long half-moon-shaped beach has stones and ends up in thick sand; there is a pine forest which reaches down to the sea front.
In the summer, the bay of Itea, on the foot of the Delphi sanctuary, seems but a swim away. On clear winter days the snowy shimmering peaks of Mount Parnassos, the Athenians favourite skiing mountain, provide the perfect background for a romantic stroll.
Access to Xylokastro Sykia:
Sykia is located on the northern coast of the Peloponnese, 124 km from the centre of Athens, 153 km from the international airport of Athens and 98 km from the international port of Patras.
Route Option 1:
Enter Attiki Odos towards Eleusis, continue after the direction of Corinth and after Corinth towards Patras. At 121st km from Athens to Patras exit Outlet writing Xylokastro. Follow the old national road backwards (Xylokastro – Athens). Sykia is the first village you will meet. Left turn towards the beach.
Route Option 2:
Enter Attiki Odos towards Eleusis, continue after the direction of Corinth and after Corinth towards Patras. Exit at Kiato. Follow the old national road to Patras. Sykia is the third village you will meet. Right turn towards the beach.
By Plane: The area is served mainly by the International Airport of Athens and the Airport of Araxos, near Patras. There is public transport available from the airport of Athens (bus and train) and you can also book a car or take a taxi.
From the airport of Araxos there is unfortunately no convenient public transport, so you will need either to book a car or take a taxi.
By Bus: From the intercity bus station Kifissos, you get the bus bound for Xylokastro. The bus stop is in Sykia. They run every hour, roughly from 6 am to 9 pm. The journey lasts about an hour and a half.
By Train: You can take the suburban from the airport or from any intermediate stop in Athens, and get off at station Kiato, 10 km from Sykia. A taxi can be arranged to pick you up from there and bring you to the beach. The train ride lasts about 1 hour.
By Taxi: A taxi service can be arranged to pick you up at the airport of Athens or the port of Pireaus.
Access to Corinthia: Corinthia is easy accessible by private vehicle or public transportation from Attica through the existing road network, in the following ways:
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.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: In order to go to Corinthia by car from Athens, the distance is about 90 km, from Thessaloniki the distance is about 570 km, from Patras the distance is about 130 km, from Ioannina the distance is about 340 km and from Preveza the distance is 280 km.
From Athens: To get to Achaea by car from Athens, coming from the capital, select the new National Road Athens - Corinth. After Corinth continue on the right traffic stream to enter the National Highway Corinth - Patras. The total route Athens - Patras is part of the great Olympia Odos motorway.
From Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos": Starting from the airport enter Attiki Odos and drive to the end of it (at Eleusis). After you exit Attiki Odos you will automatically enter National Highway Corinth - Patras.
From West Peloponnese (Pyrgos, Ancient Olympia, Kyllini, Araxos): Access to Achaea from these areas is carried out by the National Road Patras – Pyrgos and then National Highway Corinth – Patras.
From South and Central Peloponnese (Tripoli), Achaea is connected via Korinthou – Tripoleos Highway.
From Central Greece (Agrinio, Messolonghi, Arta), the National Road Ioannina - Antirrio connects Patras with northwestern Greece and Epirus. Arriving at Antirrio you can choose ferry boat Rio - Antirrio or by car cross the bridge to reach Patras and then Corinthia through National Highway Corinth – Patras.
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 New Port: When you exit from the new port, follow the signs to Athens.
If you are coming from Aegean Sea you will reach Piraeus Port, close Attica.
Coastally, there are also daily time-tables from Agios Nikolaos of Fokida to Egio.
Arrival by Bus, Train or Taxi: From the airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, the metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from the centre of 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 also car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
The bus E93, which leaves from the main building of the airport (ports 4-5) get off Kifissos bus station from where you change and take Intercity bus running daily from Athens to the most of the towns and villages as well as regions and areas of the prefecture (Ancient Corinth, Derveni, Mesogeia, Xylokastro, Kiato, Solomos, Loutraki, Chiliomadi, Klenia, Agios Vasilios, Nemea, Athikia, Sofiko).
If you prefer the trains of OSE (public Greek railways), take the Athens Suburban Railway to Loutraki, Corinth, Kiato, Xylokastro, Nemea. From Corinth there are routes to Pyrgos, Kyparissia, Zevgolatio, Kalamata, Argos, Tripoli.