Popularity: Very high
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
As anyone can understand from the spot’s name (Vigla) it was previously an observatory, probably because of the fear from pirates in Naxos. The incredibly beautiful beach of Mikri Vigla (or Orkos) on Naxos Island is located 18 km away from Chora and consists in two wonderful sandy beaches, “Limanaki” and “Parthenos” separated by a huge rock. Both beaches are sandy and wonderful. Parthenos is the northern beach of Mikri Vigla. It is wonderful, with soft golden sand and crystalline turquoise waters and blessed by the meltemi (north winds specific to the Cyclades) which make it an ideal place for wind/kitesurfing. Limanaki is an ideal place for relaxation, for beach lovers, for all of you who wish to spend their holidays in a beach resort away from the hassle of the town.
Medium Months: April, May, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE, NW, S, SW, W
Main Direction: N, NE, W
Worst Direction: E
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon, Evening
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
The strength of the wind in generated by the high pressure on the Mediterranean Sea during the summer (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.
This bay has some of the strongest winds in the Cyclades, created by a venturi that is formed by the squeeze caused by Naxos and the neighboring island of Paros. Very often, it's 4/5 Beaufort in the bay and only 2 Beaufort all over the island of Naxos. Controllable gusty winds. Wind comes party over land. It can blow very strong with 35-40 knots and be very gusty, waves inside is mixed and also in the west of the beach air cuts and is very easy to access the sea. The wind direction is side-side side-onshore from the right (north) makes this bay a very safe place for not so experienced riders. If anyone ends up downwind on the sandy beach, he can walk back easily.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand, Rocks
Attention: Turtles, Kitesurfers
Incredibly turquoise clear water! Flat to choppy, shallow areas. Conditions are safe within the bay, on the outside the swell forms perfect ramps. The waves can be outside more powerful. Gusts and chop do not make of Mikri Vigla the "ideal" place for beginners, who might prefer smoother conditions at first. The Sea ground is mostly sandy, with some small and some larger rock islands.
Watch out for the buoys in the water. Plus, the cape at the end of the bay is rocky. Last but not least, the water's often full of swimmers despite the wind. Hence caution and some experience are required. Too crowed in August with kite surf and windsurf and lot of beginners practicing close to the beach. It is best to enter the water from the north side of the beach and ride upwind.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The nice and soft-sandy beach of Mikri Vigla is situated in a bay close leeward. It is reputed to have one of the very best beaches in Naxos Island and it is wind surfers paradise. It is an ideal place for relaxation, for beach lovers, for all of you who wish to spend their holidays in a beach resort away from the hassle of the town. There is limited space. In the middle of summer, the beach can become crowded. Early and late in the season, there are not many people.
Access to Mikri Vigla:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: Mikri Vigla is about 17 km of Naxos Town. Drive southwest to Mikri Vigla and get to the North beach (Parthena Bay).
Arrival by Bus: Bus schedules to Naxos Town in high season.
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.