Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kalafatis Bay has been hardly developed save for a few hotels and accommodation keeping the landscape natural. The spot offers a wonderful holiday location for those looking for windsurfing in excellent wind and flat water with mix of quiet location. Mainly used by windsurfers.
But Mykonos is mostly known for its most sophisticated nightlife and extraordinary sandy beaches; an island that never sleeps. Its azure seawaters and endless beach parties have made it famous around the world.
Medium Months: May, September, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N
Main Direction: N
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
This spot is the most reliably windy bay on Mykonos. It has excellent wind stats. From May to October, the Meltemi wind blows with up to 6 bft, offshore from the left. It’s too much gusty. Beginners can usually sail while the Meltemi lies in through the morning, before it awakes around midday. The further east you go, the stronger the wind as it accelerates through a valley. If freeride in the bay feels a bit tame, there's swell to take on out in the strait by the island of Dragonisi.
The flag in the middle of the bay isn’t a gybe mark, but a warning of the bay’s only rock awaiting errant fins.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Kalafatis is a superb bay, with dazzling turquoise and azure colors. It is the only Blue Flag beach on the island. Wide flat water to slight wind chop, with no waves. Suitable for slalom and freestyle, with wind from the left. Some rocks in the water.
Access to Kalafatis:
Located 14 km southeast of Chora and a short 3,5 km from Ano Mera, visitors can get there by bus, rental or taxi. It’s around 35-40 minutes from Mykonos town and the airport. Drive to Ano Mera, then further to Kalafatis.
Access to Mykonos:
Arrival by Airplane: Mykonos National Airport (JMK) is located at 4 km from Mykonos town (Chora) and it can take about 15 min. by car to cover that distance. There is no public bus operating on this route and the most common way to reach Mykonos town from the airport is by taxi. Taxis can be found waiting outside the airport.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Mykonos Island features two ports; the old Mykonos Harbor, where arrive all the ferries and there is also the New Port of Tourlos, mostly used for Cruise Ships. The main port to take you to Mykonos from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferries departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. To reach Mykonos by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 2,5 hours (from Rafina Port) and the normal ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 5 hours. You can also travel to Mykonos by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands, Dodecanese Islands, Crete and Thessaloniki.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Mykonos, 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 Mykonos 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.
Arrival by Car: Renting a car or a motorbike to get around is common practice in Mykonos and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbor, Mykonos town, as well on certain beach areas like Platis Gyalos and Kalafatis.
Arrival by Bus: Departure points: Agios Stefanos and the New Port, next to Remezzo departures to Ano Mera, Elia, Kalafatis and from Fabrika departures to Plati Gyalos, Paraga, Agios ioannis, Ornos, Paradise beach.
Arrival by Taxi: Taxis in Mykonos are grey in color. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.