Sailing in Crete

Crete is not a major sailing destination by Greek standards. It is not easily accessible. The route via Karpathos can be stormy and neither it nor Kassos are that appealing. The other route via the Peloponnese is a longish trot as is that to Santorini. Heading south, the Meltemi will be with you, but on the nose heading north in very open seas. 

The north coast is a lea shore not rich in safe harbours except for the lagoon of Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos. The south coast is to be viewed with the utmost caution. The Meltemi blasts down the mountains and safe harbours there are almost none. Charter yachts there are very few.

The great attraction of Crete is not the sailing, but the land and the people. Agios Nikolaos is one of the most active and well liked of all winter liveaboard destinations.

The interactive map below allows you to look at the marinas, ports and anchorages that are available along the way. Popups show you details of each. Below the map you will find summary details of each marina or port, and you can go from there to pages that has the full description of all the facilities at that place, plus pricing information if we have it. The system has an optional passage planning extension that is available ONLY to SUBSCRIBERS. 7 day FREE TRIAL 

Crete Marinas & Ports Selection

Below you will see by default ALL the marinas and ports in Crete- there are 10.  Each brief description is linked to complete marina and nearby facilities. Click on the image OR on the "More Details" button to view those details. Use the Selection system below to view ONLY those marinas that meet your needs. You need a subscription to be able to access the Selection system. 

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Chania Marina (Khania)

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Ramshackle but nice

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Ierapetra

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One of the only harbours on the south coast of Crete. A few mooring lines, but don't bank on them!

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Plakias

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Very small harbour offering some limited protection from the Meltemi.

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Ormos Soudha

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There is definitely a harbour here, but we have no information.

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Kissamou

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At the extreme north western tip of the island, it is mainy used by tripper boats, but there may be a room for a passing yacht.

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Marina Iraklion

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The best option if you caqn get in, but even then far from ideal. A better solution is to use the unfinished marina at Port Gouves and find a way to rent a car from there. It's sheltered and free, but has no services and is derelict and depressing.

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Marina of Agios Nikolaos

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Sizeable winter liveaboard community. Expensive and a little tatty.

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Rodias Marina

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No published data

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Kolimvarion

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Marina Sitia

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Unintresting own with uninteresting port

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Rethymno Marina

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