Heraklion yachts marina is in the Venetian harbour of Heraklion, which operates as both an anchorage for fishing boats as well as a marina for sailing vessels and yachts. Space is limited but more vessels can now be accommodated thanks to the creation of a floating wharf for yachts.
The Heraklion yachts marina also houses the Heraklion Sailing and Yacht Clubs, and races are often held.
It is well-organised, with facilities for parking, security, a cafe, water and electricity, fuel and a slipway.
One of the major benefits of the marina is its location virtually in the heart of Heraklion, just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and the market.
Co-ordinates Of Marina & Position: N35 16′ – E25 10′
- Capacity: 200 Berths
- Max Draft : 1. 80m-3.66m
- Security services
Customs and Immigration Officials as well as Harbour Police have offices in the port. The city is within walking distance of the harbour.
The stern-to, bow-to and alongside mooring (in the outer harbour) provide good shelter in all weather conditions.
The shelter inside the Venetian harbour/marina is very good, except in storm force northerlies/north-westerlies (F9 or greater) when the sea can come over the outer wall causing a dangerous surge inside the marina.
However these sorts of conditions are usually only experienced in the winter and then only rarely. The shelter on the wall just outside the Venetian harbour/marina is very good in most conditions (apart from the ferry wash).
The harbour is very busy and care must be taken with the constant coming and going of ferryboats. In strong northerly winds there is a swell at the main harbour’s entrance.
The harbour’s entrance is marked at night by a green flashing light on the outer north wall and a green one on the Koules. There is a red flashing light on the left, opposite the Koules. Two large quays on the south side have red lights.
How to get:
- By Sea / Ferry: Many companies operate daily (two) ferries from Piraeus to Heraklion.
- By Air: All flights to and from Athens arrive and depart from “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens airport at Spata, to the north-east of Athens. Scheduled Flights to and from Heraklion take place every day (10 Flights).
Charter flights are few in the winter, but there are many from end of March/April to the end of October.
Flight from Athens lasts 40 Mins. The distance To/From the Airport is less than 8km / 15min.
There are regular buses between Heraklion airport and Eleftherias square (the centre); tickets should be bought before boarding and cost 1 euros to the centre. A taxi into the town takes 10-15 minutes and costs 12-14 euros.
- The harbour is located in the centre of Crete, on the North side of the island. It consists the main entrance – exit gate of both the town and the port. It lies in close proximity to the centre of the town and has a very good road network linking it with the town.
- Buses are the only form of public transport in Crete a quite extensive network makes it relatively easy to travel around the island. Fares are goverment-regulated and very reasonable by European standards. See the timetable
- Try the cretan cuisine. The Cretan diet is currently considered by nutritionists as a “modus vivende” that endows people with longevity and sound health, as supported by research conducted on an international scale. It was established that the inhabitants of Crete manifest the lowest mortality indices with respect to cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
- Knossos Archaeological Site
- Castello del Molo (Koules)
- Herakleion Archaeological Museum
- Akti Beach – Karteros
Located 7 km east of Heraklion, this beach is very long and well organized. Sun beds are provided and you can find many beach bars, cafes and taverns. You can get there by public transport or by taxi from Heraklion.
- Agia Pelagia
16 km west of Heraklion you will find this beautiful sandy beach which is protected by the wind. There are numerous restaurants and hotels in the surrounding area, although the road to the beach is a bit difficult
- Kokkini Hani
One of the better known beaches near Heraklion, 12 km east of the city. It can get extremely crowded during peak time and it is very popular among younger people. The beach bar playing loud music cheers swimmers up.
A very famous beach, preferred by hippies during the 60s and 70s. There are naturally carved caves all over the beach which make the scenery one of a kind. Although quite crowded during the summer, it is worth a visit.
Other places to sail:
The size of this island makes it famous even for the sailors that want to travel and do yachting holidays in Greece.