Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Amitis beach is located on the island’s northwestern coast and it is one of the few between Naxos and Apollonas. It is the nearest beach to the village of Eggares. Meltemi blows onshore, pushing a decent beach-break onto the long sands. Not ideal conditions for windsurfers. Also, this desolate bay is ideal for nature lovers because of wetland formed by the confluence of the river.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NW, NE
Main Direction: N
Worst Direction: S
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
The Meltemi occurs mainly during the summer season (June to September with 70%), but also in May and October one may frequently experience this dry wind. One should anticipate its maximum during July and August. Usually the wind starts in the early afternoon reaching 4-5 bft and dies out at sun set. However, not uncommonly it reaches 6-7 Bft during the day, perseveres during the night and blows 6-7 Bft again the next day; a pattern which can easily be repeated over many days, sometimes even up to ten days. Amitis is protected from south winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
The beach is wavy during north winds. The waves can be very powerful in strong winds. High skill level and experience required. Bad wash machine if the wind is strong. The sea bottom is sandy and both ends are stony and rocky.
Access to Amitis:
Amitis is 7 Km north of the capital (Naxos Town or Chora) of Naxos Island. The beach can be accessed via either Galini Village (the southern part of Amitis) or Eggares Village (the north part of Amitis). After leaving Eggares there are 2 signposts to Amitis. The first one is 1,5 Km after Eggares and before the artificial pond and the second is 2,7 Km after Eggares and after passing the pond. Both routes lead to the same part of the beach.
Access to Naxos:
Arrival by Airplane: By far the most popular for tourists is the charter flight from their country directly to Naxos, usually by smaller propeller driven aircraft or, a jet flight to Greece’s national airport and takes a connecting prop type aircraft to Naxos. From “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport you can reach Naxos by air and land at Naxos National Airport “Apollon” within 45’ minutes. It is a good idea to have your local connection flight booked early in advance since things can get very busy during the peak season and seats can be very difficult to book on the connecting flights. There is also the possibility fly to Mykonos or Santorini direct and then take a connecting boat to Naxos that makes approximately ½ to 2 ½ hours depending on the type of ship.
Naxos Airport is located 1 km from Naxos town (Chora), a distance that can be covered in 5 minutes. Due to the lack of public transportation, the only way to reach Chora is by taxi. Taxis are usually waiting outside the airport but it is advisable to have a radio taxi number with you.
The closest passenger airport to Naxos Island is Mykonos Airport (JMK), 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport is Santorini Airport (JTR), 86 km (53 miles) away. Third is Leros Airport (LRS), 117 km (73 miles) away. Then Samos Airport (SMI) is 139 km (86 miles) away, Chios Airport (JKH), 142 km (88 miles) away.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The island of Naxos has one port, which is located next to the town of Naxos. The main port to take you to Naxos from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.
There are two main types: The normal ferries that move with a speed of approximately 20-25 knots and in most cases carry from 1.500-2.500 passengers and a large number of vehicles. They take approximately 5,5-6,5 hours to get to Naxos, depending on weather, the season and the ports of call on the way. The faster ferries (including High-speed and smaller Catamarans) that may reach up to 40 knots and usually carry up to 1000 passengers. Not all of them can carry vehicles. They take approximately 3,5-4 hours to get to Naxos, again depending on weather, the season and the ports of call on the way.
You can also travel to/from Naxos by ferry from/to other Cycladic Islands. As Naxos being centrally located in Cyclades, provides easy access to most of the other islands.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Naxos, 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 Naxos 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: The best way for you to visit the majority of the attractions on the island is to use a car or motorbike. Most of the rental agencies are situated at Naxos Chora but you can find various more at Agios Prokopios.
Arrival by Bus: The local buses depart from Naxos town (Chora) with destination several of the island’s villages & beaches. Before starting out, be sure you are informed about the timetables in order not to face unexpected difficulties.
Arrival by Taxi: You can also get around Naxos by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand at Chora. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting into the taxi in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. They can be hailed on the street or after booking an appointment.