Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Megali Ammos beach is a small sandy beach located 2,5 km south of Marmari Village, in the south of Evia. This tourists destination recently discovered by European windsurfers who mainly want to relax in a quiet multi activity destination, enjoy pure nature.
The area is well known for the strong winds that blow there. It is one of the most guaranteed wind related spots. Strong north winds, sea currents and a small safe distance from the spot to Mikros Patelios Island make south Evia a favorite windsurf and kitesurf destination for both Greek and foreign athletes.
Medium Months: May, September, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NW, W, S
Main Direction: N, NW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Offshore
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
"Eviakos Bay" in Marmari have wind all year with the best period in summer with steady Meltemi (northern) wind at full power.
Due to the small straight in between the western coast of South Evia and the islands of Petalii which create Venturi effect, and the shape of the mountains surrounding the village of Marmari, this is one of the most guaranteed wind related sports destinations in Greece.
The wind direction is side shore - side offshore. You have to be careful while you sailing because if something happened you will be found in Aegean Sea. You can expect winds from 15 to 35 knots and little bit gusty, depends of the day. Usually is 5 knots stronger than Nissakia spot, but also less stable.
If you are a kitesurfer, 12 to 7 meter kites would be a good choice but mainly 9m is a good size.
The spot also works with South, West and North West winds.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
Although, it is mainly a flat-water spot, if Meltemi wind blows for a few days some windswell can build in the strait inside the nearby island of Chersonisi.
The sea is very clean. Watch out of the strong currents in the narrow strait.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The shape of the beach is changed every year, depending upon the wind and the currents. The view to Petalii Islands complex is very beautiful.
The small sandy beach is located very close (15 minutes’ walk) to the small port of Marmari village. It takes only an hour to reach Marmari from the port of Rafina on the east coast of Attica, and thats why especially during summer weekends the spot can become crowded with windsurfers and kitesurfers that enjoying the strong winds that blow at south Evoikos gulf.
To go to Megali Ammos first you have to reach Marmari:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: There are 3 routes to reach Marmari (located on south Evoikos gulf) with your own vehicle:
The first route is by road from Chalkida. The distance to Chalkida (through Athens-Thessaloniki National Road) from Athens is 77 km and from Thessaloniki is 455 km. Marmari is 112 km away from Chalkida, at the southern end of Evia Island. If you came to Marmari from Athens and missed the last ship route, this is your only choice to come back.
The second route is from the port of Rafina (on the east coast of Attica) to the port of Marmari (almost opposite from Rafina). There are daily departures all year round. The distance from Athens to Rafina is 32 km. It takes an hour and 15 minutes to reach Marmari by ship.
The third route is from the port of Agia Marina (on the east coast of Attica) to the port of Nea Styra (in the southwest of Evia Island). There are daily departures all year round. The distance from Athens to Agia Marina is 57 km and Nea Styra to Marmari is 27 km. It takes an hour to reach Nea Styra by ship. If you miss the last boat of Marmari harbor you may catch the last from Nea Sryra.
Arrival by Bus: Often itineraries with intercity buses (KTEL) from Attica, (from Pedion tou Areos witch is close to "Viktoria" station of the "Electric" train) to Rafina and Styra Ports, from where you can go across to Evia by boat. You can go from Nea Styra to Marmari with another bus.
Also there are often intercity buses (KTEL) itineraries from Attica to Karystos through Chalkida. Then another bus will take you to Marmari.
Arrival by Train: The northern terminal of line 1 of Athens suburban railway (Proastiakos) is in Chalkida. From there you can take one bus to Karystos and another one to Marmari.
Megali Ammos is located 2,5 Km south of Marmari Village. The road is on a hill, about 10 meters high above the beach. There is an easy trail lead you to the beach. The last 500 meters of the road before the beach is dirt road in good condition.
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.