Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
A quiet, picturesque fishing village in the winter, Pefki turns into one of the most popular for tourists, cosmopolitan places of North Evia in the summer. Its name comes from the plentiful pine trees that line the big beach at the seafront ("pefko" is the greek name for "pine" tree). Pefki is situated on the north side of the island, 118 km away from Chalkida. From here, you can take the flying dolphin in order to visit the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonissos.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE, E, W, NW
Main Direction: NE
Worst Direction: SE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
Blowing at: Afternoon
You can expect a decent wind year-round. Stable wind for all level riders, super flat areas. Thermal daily phenomenon in the area from Northeast - East direction almost every afternoon during May, June, July, August and September with an intensity 10-25 knots. Except thermal wind in August the famous “Meltemi” is passing also from the area with average wind 20-35 knots! It works with all directions except SE.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Pefki beach is one of the most important destinations in northern Evia with many tourists in summer time. Deep blue sea, with crystal clear water, always very clear. Nice flat area ideal for freestyle practice.
Bathers Period: April, May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Trees, Road
Pefki is surrounded by hills full of pine trees dominating the scenery and gently to the blue sea, creating an admirable combination of green and blue that rests the eye and awake to senses especially during the idyllic sunsets at the sea of Evoikos which the whole town overlooks. The coastal village is longer than 4 km to variation in morphology (from fine sand to coarse and stone) with intermediate gradations.
The 1,5 km long seaside pedestrian road gives adults the chance to enjoy their stroll by the cool sea and young children the opportunity to play and ride their bikes, free without the slightest fear of getting hurt from vehicles or other potential sources of danger.
Access to Pefki:
From Athens: The distance through Chalkida in total is estimated at 191 km, around 2 hours in total (from Chalkida is about 114 km, amazing journey through green hills and mountains overlooking the Aegean). Take Athens-Lamia National Road and go to Chalkida. Then drive to the very northeast of Evia and you will find Agia Anna. Then follow the signs to Artemisio and Pefki. The distance through Arkitsa (also from the Athens-Lamia National Highway) is 198 km. After Thiva and Atalanti follow the signs to Arkitsa. From there you have to take the ferry to Edipsos. In 45 minutes you will reach Edipsos. As you exit from the harbor you’ll turn left. In about 20 km you will reach the entrance of Istiea. There you will find signs to Pefki and Artemisio. The distance from Isiea is 12 km (15 minutes).
From Thessaloniki: To reach Pefki from Thessaloniki you will need in total about 3.5 hours. Descending from Larissa and after the tolls before you leave for Volos, continue to Lamia. You will encounter outings for Anghialos, Mikrothives, Sourpi and finally leaving for Glyfa. When you get to the exit, follow the road and in about 15 minutes you will reach the beach of Glyfa. From there you will take the ferry to Agiokampos. The ferry Glyfa-Agiokampos line connects Evia with the mainland (Magnesia). After 11 km you’ll reach the entrance of Istiea. There you will find the signs to Pefki and Artemisio.
If there is no ferry from Glyfa, you have to drive on the highway until Arkitsa, where you will take the ferry to Edipsos. From there you’ll reach Istiaia and then Pefki.
By Bus: You can get to Pefki by intercity buses (KTEL) or from Athens or from Thessaloniki. The agency in Athens is located in Liosia (near Kato Patisia "Electric" train Station).
Access to Athens:
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.
The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from 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 car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
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. If you are coming from Aegean Sea (from a Greek Island, Turkey or Cyprus) you will reach one of the Attica’s Ports in Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio Town.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you’re coming by Ferry from an Italian port, Patra is about 211 km away from the center of Athens and Igoumenitsa is about 445 km. There are some good highways a like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway.
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 Attica by train, when you’ll arrive to “Stathmos Larissis” station, you’ll get the metro Line 2 with direction to “Agios Dimitrios” and after four stops you’ll arrive to Syntagma.