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Although the largest of the Greek islands, Crete is largely undiscovered as a boating destination. When you decide to hire a yacht in Greece, you'll enjoy quiet ports, bays and sea channels along with nearly 600 nautical miles of coastline to explore.
A leisurely sail along the northern coastline, or a fast cruise when you rent a motorboat in Crete, delivers dramatic views of mountain ridges intersected with gorges. These include the Samaria Gorge said to be the largest in Europe. The southern coastline of the island is less populated with many places accessible only by boat, ideal for the more adventurous and experienced sailor.
Hire a gulet in Crete or one of our other boat choices and enjoy a relaxing holiday on-board. Whether you hire a catamaran in Crete or a sailboat, you can choose from designs that sleep from two people up to ten or more. Your boat will include standard or optional extras that range from wifi and watersport equipment to Bimini tops and sprayhoods.
If you wish to be your own skipper when you rent a yacht in Crete you must hold a valid licence or, if you are less experienced, let one of our qualified and experienced captains set sail for you.
While you can enjoy a sailing holiday in Crete at any time of the year, the peak season is from June to September when the winds are perfect for sailing in an easterly direction. You may experience stronger winds from the north near Sitia and Spinalonga.
⚓ Book a boat in Rethymno: this large and well-serviced port lies between Heraklion and Chania, making it a good stop off as you enjoy cruising along Crete's northern coastline.
⚓ Hire a boat in Heraklion: the safe and sheltered port of Heraklion lies just a few minutes stroll away from the historic heart of Crete's capital town.
⚓ Rent a boat in Agios Nikolaos: Situated in the Bay of Mirambelou, the port here lies adjacent to a pretty little town. It is a good starting point for a sailing trip to Spinalonga.
When you hire a sailboat in Crete you can make the most of dramatic shorelines, secluded bays and historic attractions. We recommend:
⚓ The Minoan palace at Knossos
⚓ The palace complexes at Kato Zakros and Phaestos (less well-known and quieter than Knossos)
⚓ Visiting the historic hearts of towns such as Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion with their beautiful Venetian and Turkish architecture
⚓ Sailing to the poignant island of Spinalonga - once a leper colony.
With quiet seas, stunning scenery and ideal sailing weather all year round, Crete is just made for sailing. Why not speak to one of our multilingual team and book a boat with Zizoo today?