Style: Freeride, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Skala Oropou spot is considered one of the best kite surfing spots near Athens. The proximity of Oropos Town to the city of Athens (53 km) makes it an ideal spot for a daily (or even half-daily) trip.
It works during the summer months with a thermal phenomenon and it has relatively certain and constant wind. It’s a kitesurf -mainly- spot (beginners and experts), while windsurfers prefer the nearby Chalkoutsi beach.
Medium Months: March, April, June, September, October, November
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: E, SE, NE
Main Direction: E, SE, NE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right), Port (from the left)
There is a local effect of the steady thermal wind to eastern direction during the spring and summer months make the point favorite destination for kitesurfers from the Athens area. Best months for kitesurfing May, June, July and August. Daily wind if no other air system does not exist in the region.
Sweet build up, with average wind speed is 14 to 24 knots with direction side-shore / side-onshore from the right and is for all levels of riders as it has shallow waters. Usually you need a big size kite.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Attention: A lot of kite surfers
Mostly choppy conditions, but with stronger winds small to medium waves. It is a crowd spot, especially in weekends. There are a lot of beginners.
The water is not very clean. Northern of Skala Oropos spot there is the estuary of Asopos River, which, due to the high pollution of industrial waste dumped into its water makes it prohibitive to swim in the beaches close to the estuary.
Skala Oropou is located in Greek Mainland, in the North part of Attica. It stretches between Parnitha Mountains and Evia Island. It is a seaside town, situated on the south of the coast of the South Evia Gulf. It is 8 km south of Eretria (on Evia Island), and 53 km north of 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. After a journey of about 40 minutes with the metro, you arrive at the station of "Monastiraki". With the same ticket you get on the "Electric" Line 1st having direction towards "Kifissia" and you get off at "Viktoria". Coming out of the station you go to Pedion tou Areos from where you can take the intercity bus (KTEL) that goes to Skala Oropou. Then a taxi will take you to the spot. Also 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. If you are coming from Evia Island, you can reach Oropos by the ferryboat from Eretria Port. The itinerary from Eretria to Oropos and vice versa is very frequent (every 20 min.) The journey is not more than 20-25 minutes.
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 250 km from Skala Oropou, Igoumenitsa is about 445 km from the center of Athens and 494 km from Skala Oropou. There are some good highways a like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway. Piraeus Port is about 58 km away from Skala Oropou, Rafina Port about 67 km and Lavrio Port about 96 km.
Coming from Athens: When you pass the 1st toll station in the main motorway from Athens to Lamia and in a distance of 11km at Malakasa you turn right having direction towards Oropos. After 10km you reach the port of Oropos. You’ll take the road to Chalkoutsi and about 4 minutes after you’ll turn right just before the Town Hall. At the end of the road you will turn right. In front of the entrance of the yacht parking property starts the dirt road that goes to the spot. The total distance from Athens to Oropos is 53 km.
Arrival by Bus: Access to Skala Oropou is easy by intercity buses (KTEL) from Pedion tou Areos (near Victoria Station), connects Athens with Oropos and Agioi Apostoloi as well as the areas in the wider region (Kalamos, Kapandriti, Markopoulo, Chalkoutsi, Sykamino, Malakasa, Dilessi) with routes passing either from Acharnon Street and following the Athens - Lamia Highway or from Kifissias Avenue, while during the summer months the services are more frequent for the better service of the passengers.
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 two stops you’ll arrive to Omonia. Then you’ll get on the "Electric" Line 1st having direction towards "Kifissia" and you get off at "Viktoria". Coming out of the station you go to Pedion tou Areos from where you can take the intercity bus (KTEL) that goes to Skala Oropou. Then a taxi will take you to the spot.