Messakti – Ikaria

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  • Ikaria Surf School, Gialiskari, Greece

MESSAKTI BEACH is located on the Northern side of the island, close to the villages of Gialiskari and Armenistis. The beach is sandy and the beach break works most of the summer between May and September. The currents can be strong so watch out for the safety flags on the lifeguard tower if you’re unsure about wether to get in or not. As a general rule entry to the lineup is easier on the Western side of the beach by the rocks, where you’ll also get some of the smoothest waves for beginners. Watch out though, there are swimmers in the water most of the summer too, so try not to crack any skulls out there.


Getting to IKARIA is pretty easy. You can take the boat from Athens (6.5 hours) or Thessaloniki (25 hours ish), or fly to Ikaria airport from Athens or Thessaloniki. If you’re taking the boat make sure to go to Evdilos port, NOT Agios Kirikos, as it’s much closer to the spot.


The Messakti Beach Bar is a great place to grab some grub or a cool after-surf beer. There’s good music and good people so put down that sexy phone and go mingle!

Armenistis has some pretty good food spots, with Meri Meri being one of the best for slightly more gourmet Greek cuisine. Nas is also a cool village about a 25 minute drive from Messakti, with beautiful sunsets and good food too.

Hitch Hiking is pretty kosher on the island so don’t hesitate to stick that thumb out and enjoy an akward ride with a farmer or two.


The surf is pretty consistent between May and September, affected mainly by the Northerly Meltemi winds coming through the Northern Aegean during this period. It’s common to get onshore winds while surfing although you do get that odd day with no wind and glassy waves here and there.


If you feel like having a lesson or just need to rent some gear – the local surf shop and school IKARIA SURF SCHOOL will help you get set up for sure. Just talk to Vassilis or Isidoros.


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