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Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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Boat Trips & Boat Hire

The maritime laws in Crete are very strict and it is therefore impossible to rent a boat with an engine for private use on the north coast but it is possible on the south coast (see full details below). On the north coast there are a choice of day cruises available to different destinations including the incomparable Balos Lagoon, and the island of Santorini.

Full details of these trips can be found below. Tickets for all boat trips can be bought from your Villas Crete Holidays representative in Almyrida.

This delightful excursion takes you by coach to the port of Kissamos-Kastelli where you board a boat which takes about 1 hour to cross the bay of Kissamos, passing the ancient shipyards of Tarsanas, to the incomparable Balos Lagoon. (All other trips to Gramvousa go to Balos in the afternoon, we go in the morning in order to avoid the crowds).

An exceptionally fun day out which offers something for every member of the family. This daily cruise (from 10:00 to 16:45) allows the adults to sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing experience of the waters and coastline of Souda Bay, whilst the children laugh and play under the watchful eye of the friendly crew who are expert at triggering the imagination and creativity of the children, and are all dressed as pirates.

If you are looking for a very special day out we offer the choice of 2 sail boats for an idyllic, relaxing day of sailing, snorkeling and fishing. There is a 12.27m Elan 410 sail boat which can accommodate up to 9 passengers, and an 11m Dormer sail boat which can accommodate up to 8 passengers.

If you are looking for a very special day out we offer the choice of 2 sail boats for an idyllic, relaxing day of sailing, snorkeling and fishing. There is a 12.27m Elan 410 sail boat which can accommodate up to 9 passengers, and an 11m Dormer sail boat which can accommodate up to 8 passengers.

Different Full Day Itineraries are available including destinations of your choosing. The most popular day out is the Chania Bay Full Day Cruise. Starting in the old harbour of Chania the boat will spend the entire day in the Chania Bay area - Macherida Beach, Theodorou Island, and/or Menies Beach. During the day there are stops at secluded inlets that are only accessible by boat and many stops for swimming, fishing and snorkeling in the crystal clear turquoise sea.

Private excursions are also available on motor boats with a captain. A variety of itineraries are available including a full moon trip for dinner, or overnight camping on Gavdos island - the most southerly point in Europe.

Whilst hiring a motor boat is not permitted on the north coast, you can hire a motor boat on the south coast (just over 1 hour by car from the Almyrida area). Having your own motor boat will give you the chance to explore the incredible south coast which has stunning sea caves, crystal clear water that ranges in colour from deep blue to bright turquoise, and many quiet beaches which are only accessible by boat or a long hike. Discover your own private beach and stop off at the glorious Marmara Beach (at the bottom of the Aradena Gorge), Agios Pavlos beach which has black sand and a beautiful chapel (legend has it this is the location where Saint Paul was shipwrecked and brought Christianity to Crete), Sweetwater Beach (popular with nudists), Agia Roumeli (the village at the bottom of the Samaria Gorge), and the absolutely gorgeous harbour village of Loutro.

A very enjoyable and safe boat trip runs approximately every 2 hours during high season and once a day during low season. Dream Adventure Trips run a large speedboat called “Ektor”from Almyrida around Souda Bay, and include a visit to the local sea caves.

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