Popularity: Very high
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave, Slalom, Race/Formula, Speed
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The island of Paros Greece is world known for windsurfing and kitesurfing and is considered by many as one of the best spots in the Greek islands. Paros island, as most of the islands in the Cyclades, offers ideal weather conditions with the blessing of the Meltemi in the summer months (the local Cycladic wind). For that reasons, New Golden Beach (“Nea Chrissi Akti” in Greek, also known as “Tserdakia”) was chosen by the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association) and many years since 1993, the beach of New Golden Beach welcomes the World Cup.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: NE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW
Main Direction: N, NNW
Worst Direction: S
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft), 34-40 knots (8 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore, Offshore
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Known for its consistent conditions, 4-8 bft, and stronger by up to 1-2 bft compared to other places in Paros, the wind here is ideal for windsurfing during the meltemi season. That’s why Nea Chryssi Akti is the most popular spot on the island.
The wind inside the bay is side-offshore and sometimes gusty, though less so than at Golden Beach. The side-offshore wind direction combined with an angled wave, creates ideal jumping conditions. Outside the bay, the wind gets really strong and steady.
Due to the small size of the bay and the topography of the area, southern winds are of no interest here.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
After the first 30 m of in-depth water it’s great blasting cross-shore over flat water to the swells outside. Further out of the small bay the water offers good waves, creating an ideal playground for jumps. On the northeastern part of the beach there is a small, shallow reef, which needs caution. Its position is usually marked with a buoy.
It is advisable not to sail beyond the two small isles and to always save some strength to handle the offshore winds, otherwise you may drift away without being able to get back to shore.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
It is a relatively small beach, 200m long, with golden (as the name suggests) sand on a small open bay that faces SE. Rocks at both ends. Due to the small size of the beach, caution is advised with swimmers.
Access to Nea Chryssi Akti:
New Golden Beach lies between Marpissa and Drios. The buses connecting Parikia or Naoussa with Drios will take you to the main road, approximately 500 meters away from the beach. The road leading to the beach is paved. The same road continues up to the neighboring Golden Beach, except it is a dirt road for the most part.
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.