Yacht Charter in Crete

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 13 administrative regions of Greece. Yacht charter.  The capital and the largest city of Crete is Heraklion. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry, and music). Crete was once the center of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BC), which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe.

It consists of four prefectures: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lasithi.

Heraklion Marina is located at the west end of the Commercial Harbour and offers good shelter. The marina is usually full of local yachts but space can be found on the quays just outside of the marina. The marina in the old Venetian harbour is virtually in the heart of Heraklion, just a few minutes’ walk from the city center and the market.

The Heraklion yacht marina also houses the Heraklion Sailing and Yacht Clubs which are located in the old Premises of the port refrigeration plant. The clubs allows visiting yachts to use the changing room/shower facilities. Heraklion is also known or spelt as Iraklion.

Rethymno marina is relatively new and provides a good range of services. The town has all the facilities a visiting yacht would need and the old Venetian town with its small harbor is one of the most attractive spots on Crete.

Réthymnon is the third largest town on Crete and lies half way along the northern coast of Crete, at the foot of the Psilorítis range. The old town has many Venetian mansions, Turkish houses with enclosed timber balconies, several small mosques (18th century) and the Fortezza (14th century, extended in 16th century), within which is a mosque with a massive dome. The Archeological Museum, opened in 1990 next to the Fortezza, is famous for its exhibits.

The town is a popular tourist resort and there is plenty to see and good, well organised tours to the many sights. If you are here for the last week of July you will be able join in the Cretan Wine Festival and sample some of the excellent produce. Hire cars are available in the town and buses connect to Chania and Iraklion. There is a ferry to Piraeus.

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