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Wind in September?

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Wind in September?

Hello.

I was wondering that the wind is like in early September?

In ios last September it became so windy from 8th onwards we were being sandblasted - and was quite painful!

Wondered if this is common this time of the year?

Is ios windier than koufonissia? Which would you recommend spending first week on - ios of koufonissia? Going out on 28 August until 11 September.

Thanks

Heledd

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1. Re: Wind in September?

I know from experience that Gialos (port) beach in Ios is a bit exposed and I have been sandblasted there in the past myself. Mylopotas however is more sheltered because of the mountains behind so when the wind got really bad we just went there as it was much better. There are no mountains in Koufonissia thus I would expect it could be even worse at least at some of the beaches. The meltemi wind is more or less a permanent feature anywhere you go in the Cyclades (and the Dodecanese and Crete as well) from around June till September, it is just that some locations are less affected than others.

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2. Re: Wind in September?

Ios and Koufonissi aren't that far apart, so weather will be the same. High winds are common in early September, but you may be lucky and get some calm days. Find a sheltered beach and you should be okay. Another solution is to bring a beach tent and anchor it down with rocks to keep it from blowing away. ;-)

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3. Re: Wind in September?

We spent some days in Schinoussa in september last year. We had to stay a day longer because of winds too heavy for the Express Scopelitis to sail. Still we had no problem finding a sheltered beach. We then met some friends who had stayed in Aegali, Amorgos, at the same time, and they reported big waves and heavy wind at the beach. So expect local variations. A few days later we were sand blasted at Plaka beach on Naxos, while Agios Prokopios a couple of miles away but sheltered from the northerly winds, was almost calm.

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4. Re: Wind in September?

The Meltemi wind is characteristic of the central Aegean islands area, and well known. No difference with Koufonisi or Ios. Whilst there are high mountains on Ios they are distant from the main beaches thus you do get sandblasted on Pori beach Kofonisis and Gialos/Mylopotas on Ios. However it is possible to find a more sheltered beach on Ios like Valmas(Two water wells beach), and indeed on Koufonisi depending on what's behind the beach.

There is no way around that wind unless you go to a different area outside that like the Sporades or say Thassos in the North Aegean as these are on the edges, or possibly the Ionion islands and it's less persistant/strong though it's still there.

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