Popularity: Very high
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
850 meters long, covered with fine golden sand and fully organized, Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti, in Greek) is the largest beach of Paros and one of the most popular to the water sports enthusiasts and especially to windsurfing lovers. Placed at the “exit” of the Paros-Naxos channel, with reliable meltemi winds blowing most of the days of July and August, a favorable topography and a broad variety of services, it offers a unique combination for surfers of all levels and their families or company, as well.
Is thought to be one of the windiest places on the island and where, for many years, in August, the World Windsurfing Cup competition was held.
Medium Months: May
Wind Type: Trade Winds
Best Direction: N NE, NE, ENE, E, SE, SSE, S, SSW
Main Direction: N, NNE, NE, ENE, E
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore, Side Shore, Offshore
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
As situated in the channel created by the two islands of Paros and Naxos, the side shore thermal winds build up and reach a speed of up to 35 knots within the small bay. The wind is always constant, with an average of 4 to 5 windy days per week during all year, from 12 to 35 knots, usually blowing from the North.
During the popular months of July and August, meltemi winds prevail in Golden Beach, like everywhere else in Paros. Inside the bay the wind is offshore, but further out it changes and becomes side-shore or side-onshore. There are also a lot of gusts in strong wind, so it's wise to sail a little further out in the bay.
Beyond the summer season, from autumn till spring, two southern winds are of special interest for windsurfers in the area: the southwesterly libeccio that blows side-onshore and the scirocco that comes onshore. When they get above 5 Bft, the area becomes a wonderful playground for those who love waves. (Not for beginners).
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Cryssi Akti is been awarded a blue flag. Relatively swallow, with sandy bottom, protected and usually flat inside the bay, even in strong Meltemi winds. Very good conditions for beginners, for freestyle and slalom. Further out, at the channel that is formed with the small neighboring islets, you will find waves that reach 1-2 m in height, ideal for wave play. In big days can be really wavy 2,5 - 4,0 m waves.
At the peak of the summer tourist season, there are a lot of swimmers here, so when you are near the beach, you must use so use the marked surf zone mid-way along the beach.
Access to Chryssi Akti:
Chryssi Akti (or Golden Beach) is at the SE side of Paros, at a distance of 1,5-2,0 km from the village of Drios. The buses that start from Parikia or Naoussa with final destination Drios, will leave you at the main road, about 200-300 meters from the beach. There are two asphalted roads leading to it and plenty of parking spaces.
Access to Paros:
Arrival by Airplane: Paros Island features its own airport with daily flights to “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport and all major International Airports. Paros Airport is located at 10 km from Parikia. From Athens airport, there are daily flights to Paros (half an hour flight). The number of flights and their time-table depend on the time of the year (2 or 3 daily flights in summertime).
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Paros is also connected to most Greece’s ports by Ferry Boats. It features one port, Parikia port. There are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 3 hours and the normal ferry which takes approximately 4 to 6 hours.
The main port to take you to Paros from Athens is in Piraeus. Ferries leave every day, starting at 7 in the morning. From the airport, you can get to Piraeus by taxi or by bus (about 1 hour, depending on the traffic). From Athens, you can get to the harbor by subway (25 minutes from the city center). There are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, but not so many. If you fly to Athens, you can go to Rafina port by bus or taxi. You can also travel to Paros by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Paros, 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 Paros 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 in Paros and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbor, Parikia and Naoussa.
Arrival by Bus: Travelling by bus within Paros is safe, but it can be tricky as sometimes the timetables change without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart approximately every 1 hour from several towns all over the island. Departure points: Buses leave from Parikia, Lefkes, Dryos, Naoussa, Alyki, Pounta and Kolimbithres, going to several locations around the island and back. During the summer period buses also leave from and to Santa Maria and Ampelas.
Arrival by Taxi: You can also get around Paros by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand in Parikia central square and in Naoussa. Taxis in Paros are pretty expensive. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.