Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Acharavi with its long soft sandy stretch of beach is situated due North of the island but faces north west so it is fully exposed to the 'maestro' (mistral) winds which are predominant during the summer month making it one of the very few spots on the island that combine wind, wave and a friendly sandy beach. It is the preferred choice for windsurf or kitesurf, when the wind blows too northerly for the south-west coast.
Acharavi extends westwards to Roda beach (a small family beach resort), and east to Almyros beach (less cosmopolitan area). The region of Acharavi is a mixture of wild nature and moderate development attracting visitors who enjoy a more laid back and nature orientated approach to their holidays but is not too far from any kind of entertainment they may desire.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: NW, S
Main Direction: NW, SW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Winds are perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this beach for surfers because it takes a while for them to arrive. A close look of a relief map quickly reveals the cause. The hills behind and around the region block the flow of wind and divert it to the north west creating a pocket of calm in front of the northern coastline until the winds veer more to the west when a strong flow is created as the winds squeeze between Corfu and Albania.
It is hard to tell when exactly this happens, sometimes from early morning but usually later in the afternoon as the winds follow the course of the Sun.
Their direction is side onshore, more onshore then side and coming from the left so punching through the white water can be a challenge at times and better suited to riding than jumping.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
The waves are far from perfect riding lanes and tend to be rather onshore as it would be expected but are a lot of good fun once you clear the first hundred or so meters of white water. With typical wind conditions the rise to 1-2 meters a little mushy, typical of on shore conditions but reasonably wide to carve a few bottom turns and safe enough to get wiped out repeatedly.
But when winds pick up on occasion the waves can become a little more challenging and you will need some experience to make it out of the white water into cleaner waves that can exceed 3 meters and wiping out it these conditions will often mean a long swim and walk back, so it’s certainly not for the beginner or even for the intermediate surfer.
On the whole this is a very safe beach for intermediate to advanced sailors. Conditions are similar along the coast at Sidari, although with even more sunbathers there's not usually enough room to launch a kite.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Acharavi beach encounters Almyros beach on its eastern part and Roda beach on its western. It is the longest on the island, a mixture of small pebbles and sand. So friendly as you can see above the water, that make it ideal for small children. A few shallow flat rocks at the far end of the beach which are out of your surfing line anyway.
Access to Acharavi: From Corfu center drive up to the north and follow signs to Acharavi. There are two routes you can follow. The scenic route is to simply follow the coastal road to Kassiopi and continue for another 12 km and look at your left for the road to the beach (a GPS is highly recommended as it is not well sign posted). The second and somewhat quicker route is to take the inland route to Sidari and turn to Acharavi from there.
Access to the beach could not be easier with the road running parallel for most of its length so you can simply park and unload anywhere. On calm days the beach here can be rather busy but once the winds pick umbrellas and people have soon gone with the winds so you will have no trouble parking or rigging.
Access to the beach is easy also by public buses, running frequently.
Access to Corfu: As is the case for most Greek islands, Corfu can be reached by sea or by air.
Arrival by Airplane: The International Airport of Corfu, Ioannis Kapodistrias, is located 3 km south of the centre of the island, in the region “Kanoni”. There are daily flights from and to the airport of Athens, Eleytherios Venizelos, and the duration of the flight is round 1 hour. There is also air connection to Thessaloniki, 3 or 4 times a week. Ticket prices can be very low, if you make the reservation enough time before, or if you travel during low season. In summer it may have air connection with other Greek islands, such as Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Finally, during high period, Corfu is air-connected to a lot of European cities, with charter flights, mainly from Germany and England.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Alternatively, you can reach Corfu by ferry-boat, because it is connected with mainland Greece at two places. From Igoumenitsa there are daily routes to Corfu, from 6 in the morning up to 10 in the evening. The trip lasts 1 to 1,5 hour, depending on the type of ferry boat you have select. During summer months, boats from and to Igoumenitsa depart every 15 minutes, because a lot of tourists visit the island of Corfu. There is also a faster run from Lefkimmi to Igoumenitsa and back.
From the port in Patra, the trip to Corfu lasts 7 -8 hours, but it is very comfortable because the ferry boats are luxurious. These ferries go to Italy and stop in Corfu port for embarkation. The sea connection Corfu-Italy is frequent and the main cities are Bari, Ankona and Brindisi.
Finally, there are boats, which transport you to nearby destinations such as Paxoi, Kefallonia and neighboring Albania.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you decide to reach the island of Corfu by boat, you should first reach either Igoumenitsa's port or Patra's port.
To get to Igoumenitsa from Central or South Greece you you will pass through Arta or Aktion and Preveza: The city of Arta is linked with the GR-5 (Antirrio - Ioannina) and the GR-30 which links with Peta and Trikala. There are some good highways, like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway. Igoumenitsa is about 470 km away from Athens, 284 km from Patra, 85 km from Preveza and 130 km from Arta.
In order to get to Parga from Preveza, the underwater road crossing through the Aktion - Preveza channel ensures the fastest connection of Aetoloakarnania and southern Greece with the coastal zone of the prefectures of Preveza - Thesprotia and the Port of Igoumenitsa. The distance is about 15 km shorter than from Arta, but it will take 15 minutes more to reach the spot. The distance from Preveza to Parga is 85 km.
The distance from Thessaloniki -Greece's second largest city, till Igoumenitsa is 323 km through Egnatia highway.
Arrival by Bus: You can go to Corfu also by the KTEL buses, which stop at the port and have direct sea-connection to Corfu. From Athens (Kifiso Station) to Igoumenitsa there are 2 daily routes, which stop in Korinthos, in Patras, in Agrinio and in Arta. From Thessaloniki (Macedonia Station) to Igoumenitsa there are also 2 daily routes and the bus stops in Larissa and in Ioannina.
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.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Corfu, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Corfu airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
By Bus: In Corfu there are available two bus-services, which are well-organized, with modern vehicles and frequent itineraries: The first is the municipal bus service. The buses are of blue color and the station is found at San Rocco square. These buses transfer you in the capital and in the suburbs: Afra, Saint Ioannis, Kanoni, Perama, Achillean... The second service is the KTEL, which offers transportation to long-distanced regions of the island such as: Lefkimi, Kavos, Karoysades, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Gordios, Glyfada and a lot of other. KTEL buses are blue and the central station is found at Theotoki Street.
By Car: Corfu is a large island and for this reason the best way in order to get around to the historical monuments, the beaches and the picturesque villages is the private vehicle. If you have not brought your car on the island, there are a lot of car rental options available from our website. You can pick your car up at the port, the airport and in the capital of the island. There is a great variety of vehicles offered, from small cars to luxurious jeeps. Select the vehicle that suits you, in order to explore Corfu. Of course, remember that you should have the driving license always with you and you should not drive if you have drunk alcohol, in order to avoid unpleasant fines from the frequent police controls.
By Taxi: Alternatively, if you do not want to rent a car, you can take a taxi to get around the island. You can find taxi-stations, in the most cental points of the island, such as San Rokko Square and Theotoki Street, but there is also the telephone service of radio-taxi. The prices for the most popular destinations are fixed and you can ask about them before getting into the taxi. There is also the option taxi-meter charge for non frequent destinations.