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 anywhere on the island.

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 information published at this site has been compiled from publicly available information sources or personal experience. Please feel free to submit additional information or corrections to that already published.

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Crete - Marinas & Ports Selection

Below you will see by default ALL the marinas In Crete- there are not many and only Agios Nikolaos is a real marina. Each brief description is linked to complete marina and nearby facilities..


Registered users can use the selection system below and view full details of the facility including CONTACT DETAILS.

Click on the image OR on the "More Details" button to view those details. Registered Users can use the Selection system below to view ONLY those marinas that meet their essential needs. The "Zone" here is north or south, and we show the name of the town. Sometimes nearby facilities are linked to the nearest larger town.

CRETE Marina/Port Requirements
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Chania Marina (Khania)

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Ramshackle but nice

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Chania

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harbor entrance can be dangerous with onshore winds

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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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Ierapetra

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Plakias

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Very small harbour offering some limited protection from the Meltemi.

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Plakias

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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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Soudha

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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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Kavonisi

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Marina Iraklion

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5

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The best option if you can 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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Heraklion