Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Glyfada is an enormous snow-white sandy beach on the southwestern coast of the island. It is an alternative to Mikri Vigla, but it's an extra 4 km drive back to Naxos city.
The landscape here features sand dunes and shady juniper trees at many points. It is an unspoiled location. In combination with the blue and green water, awakes a feeling of peacefulness, even in August! The beach’s view from Oskelo (a 300 meters high hill) is unique.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: W, WNW, NW
Main Direction: N
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
Blowing at: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
Naxos Island is one of the most wind consistent wind locations in whole Europe, especially during summer time and yearly with more than 240 days blowing 15+ knots. North wind is the most common and its side shore that make the spot safe and ideal to learn Wind surfing or kite boarding. It typically works with the "Meltemi" wind system, however north wind is typically seen throughout the year with some southern or western winds.
Especially where kitesurf is locate, the micro clima at the spot which can’t be predicted it and it’s almost always 3-5 knots more than the rest of the island. The climate is naturally Mediterranean, with warm summers and relatively mild winters.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Attention: Reefs, Corals, Rocks, Stones
Amazing turquoise water! Glyfada’s right side flat water, shallow the first meters. Middle section, small chop. Left section of the spot small waves.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Glyfada is an amazing golden sandy beach, with some plates. In several parts of the beach there are dunes and shady cedar. Because of its extensive size, it never gets overwhelmingly crowded, not even during the busiest month of August, despite attracting many visitors. Attention: No vehicles, including camper vans after sunset - before sunrise. Free camping is forbidden.
Access to Glyfada:
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.