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