Experience the Thrill
Greek weather conditions are perfect for windsurfing and a number of European and World tournaments are held here during the summer months.
Most organised beaches offer the opportunity to windsurf or attend lessons and, contrary to what you might think, technique is more important than strength, especially for novices, so age and sex are no obstacle. Some good places for windsurfing are:
- Attica: Anávyssos, Várkiza, Lavrio, Loutsa, Rafina, Schiniás (Marathonas) and Galazia Aktí (Marathonas) beaches
- The Cyclades: Paros island (Chrysí Aktí, Nea Chrysí Aktí, Tsoukalia, Santa Maria and Pounda beaches), Mykonos island (Fteliá and Kalafatis beaches), Naxos island (Aghios Georgios and Mikrí Vigla beaches), Ios island (Mylópotas beach), Santorini
- The Dodecanese: Rhodes island (Trianda, Fanés, Prasonissi and Theologos beaches), Kárpathos island (the Devil’s bay), Kos island
- Patras (the Peloponnese): Drépano and Zacháro beaches
- The Ionian Islands: Lefkada (Vassilikí beach) and Zákynthos
- The Sporades islands: Skiathos
- Macedonia: Thessalonica prefecture (Aghia Triada and Nea Michaniona beaches and on Volvi lake), Chalkidikí (Sunny Beach)
For more information, contact:
The Greek Windsurfing Federation
7 Philelinon Str. Athens,
Tel: 210 3230068
Greece’s crystal clear waters and rich sea life, marine caves and underwater antiquities offer visitors a magical realm for underwater exploration. Scores of diving schools operate in Greece and the following places are renowned for good diving:
- peer into the abyss at one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, see a lava-formed sea floor, mysterious caves and dramatic drop offs.
- choose from reef diving, cave exploration and wreck diving. Facilities here cover the full range from beginner’s to those who wish to study up to instructor level.
- The waters here are extremely clear and full of antiquities, as well as octopuses, barracudas and mackerels. See the wrecks of the Peloponnese, which sank in 1926 and the Anna II – a freighter that sank in 1995.
- underwater visibility can reach 40 metres and the sea here is home to octopuses, tube worms, clams, tunas and turtles.
- Expect very clear waters and an abundance of marine life. The most well known diving site is Kallithea Bay, where you’ll see the “mushroom”, the “blue hole” and swim through the “crystal fish alley”.
- the underwater life here is a beautiful sight; clear waters teem with fish, sponges, starfish and octopus. Don’t miss the Mitilini wreck, a wine carrier which sank in 1961. It’s just 22 meters underwater and now covered with marine life.
- Choose from wall diving, deep diving, night diving, cavern diving and reef diving in Crete. Spot 2000 year-old amphorae beneath you and marvel at impressive rock formations, caves and vivid marine life.
A fantastic way to increase stamina and increase body strength, sea kayaking is an active pursuit that continues to grow in popularity. While many resorts offer sea kayaking facilities it can also form the basis of your holiday, providing a pollution-free way to explore those secluded beaches and coves.
Kitesurfing and Wakeboarding
Considered one of the most ‘extreme’ of water-based activities, kitesurfing has achieved a growing following as a sport since the 1980s. The prevailing northerly ‘Meltemi’ wind makes the Aegean sea a prime kitesurfing spot during the summer. Two islands famous for their ideal conditions are Naxos and Paros in the Cyclades, while Rhodes in the Dodecanese is also a popular spot.
Wakeboarding is also a relatively new sport that evolved from water skiing in much the same way that snowboarding evolved from traditional skiing. One of the fastest growing water sports, it combines the speed of water skiing with the flexibility of skateboarding or surfing. Popular wakeboard spots include the Karavi Beach Sports Club north of Athens and the Passage Water Sports Club on Poros.