Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Pyrgaki or Psili Ammos (Fine Sand) beach is another beach in Naxos with a unique almost tropical landscape, which will make you forget any problems and daily stress. Lies in front of a cedar forest and overlooks the Koufonissia Island, located opposite. It is a succession of three sandy coves where the last one is the best one. It is a quiet and pleasant place, protected from north winds. The name of the beach (Pyrgaki = “Small Tower” in Greek) comes from the homonymous hill in the area, who was watchtower for pirates.
Medium Months: March, April, May, October, November
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: E, NE, SW, WSW, W
Main Direction: N, NE
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore, Offshore, Onshore
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
The Meltemi (NE) 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. The wind is cross-off to dead offshore, producing wonderfully flat water but risking a voyage out to sea if anything breaks.
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.
For wave the spot works only during winter, with 30-40 knots S, SW.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Nice waves with a SW or W wind. Otherwise flat to choppy water. Not very deep water is a great advantage for children.
Access to Pyrgaki:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: On the eastern side of Naxos (21 Km) between Moutsouna and Panormos, you will find the beach of Psili Ammos. Drive south to Glinado, then further south to Alyko and Pyrgaki. Road access from the coastal road from the village Moutsouna. And the next settlement from Ligaridia is Kanaki. Only the southernmost of the three neighbouring bays is sailable, as it's the only place you can park near the water that's not too rocky.
Arrival by Bus: Bus schedules to 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.