Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula, Speed
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kastraki beach on Naxos Island is a cove located behind the Mikri Vigla peninsula and next to Glyfada beach. It is long and winding with lots of different bays. The area is quite unspoiled and surprisingly few people make their way down this beach. There is a slight wind but it doesn't deter from a visit. There are interesting rock formations just out into the clear water. The beach is ideal for resting and relaxation.
Medium Months: May, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, NNE, NE, SSW, SW
Main Direction: N, NNE, NE, SSW, SW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
Meltemi seasonal N/NE wind blows in the Aegean from May to September with typical speeds of 4-6 bft setting the ideal conditions for the island of Naxos. In Kastraki spot, wind direction during the “meltemi season” is usually a bit side-offshore wind. Occasional southern winds with an onshore direction are also probable near the end and the beginning of the summer season, and offer a great chance for bumps and jumps as this spot becomes rather wavy.
Full wet suits are needed until June and shorties are best through the summer. Full wet suits once again are best in the fall. Warm weather in summer, with average 25°C. Spring and Autumn fall at 15-20°C. Winter 10-15°C. Water accordingly.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Turquoise waters! Nice waves with the right wind direction.
Access to Kastraki:
Kastraki is situated 18 Km south of Naxos Town. From Naxos south to Glinado, then further south towards Alyko. Then follow signs to Kastraki. The asphalt road connects Kastraki with Mikri Vigla and Glyfada. Due to the large scale there are several access points to the beach. Also there are bus schedules from Naxos Town.
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.