Cruising Crete

 

The island itself is roughly 140NM long from east to west with the widest part being around 31NM whilst it boasts the largest island of Greece it is also one of the most remote which generally puts its waters out of reach from the mainstream charter fleets.

 

Typical North – North Easterly prevailing winds can be expected throughout the sailing season offering consistent cruising especially during the long summer afternoons.

 

By sea some of the must-see  places to visit include

Milatos – mainly to visit Malia Palace;

Loutro – An ancient port and fertile

Agios Nikolaos – Stunning town with iconic Voulismeni Lake

Sitia – Off the beaten track and delightful

Vai – Anchorage and ruins

Paleohora – Castle ruins, and recent completed quays offer more (secluded) space in the small harbour;

 

 

 

 

Chania – Castles and mosques. The port is tranquil oasis in an otherwise bustling town

Georgioupolis – Lovely small village on the river Almiros

Rethymno – Beautiful approach and port guarded by castle

Panormos – Charming little and safe port

Iraklion – Museums and ideal landfall when sailing from Santorini/Thira.

Spinalonga lagoon – (west of Nisos Spinalonga) is very shallow, yet deep enough! Also a Venetian fortress in picturesque settings