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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