Top 10 things to do when chartering a sailboat in Crete
Here are some experiences for every visitor to live at least once in Crete. Find here the things to do in Crete, the activities to test, the dishes to taste... So many timeless and unforgettable moments to live certainly during your trip.
- Strolling in the old districts of Réthymnon
Stroll through the narrow-shaded alleys of Réthymnon's old neighborhoods, take the opportunity to admire beautiful houses with Venetian façades, and to immerse yourself in the city's history through its museums and mosques.
- Hiking in the gorges of Aradéna
Less known than the Samaria gorges, the Aradéna gorges are less frequented and more challenging to access. It is also possible to visit the abandoned village of Aradéna by taking the bridge that directly joins the village and offers a superb view of the gorges. A magical site at nightfall.
- Taste the Cretan culinary tradition
Enjoy a Cretan cuisine, renowned for its health benefits. Feast on Cretan olives and olive oil without moderation! Although olives are not a strictly Cretan specialty, the olive tree, a sacred tree since ancient times, is omnipresent here. As for olive oil, it has preventive properties against cardiovascular diseases. Also, try classic vegetables and dried vegetables, whole grains, fish, and fruit. Finally, the best Greek yogurts from Crete can be enjoyed in the village of Vryssès.
- Living at the rhythm of the villages of Messara
Take the time to live at the rhythm of the villagers of the Messara plain, this agricultural region, "the granary of Crete," along rectilinear roads crossing at right angles in the middle of olive groves. On these lands between the sea and the mountains, shepherds and their herds sometimes reappropriate the roads.
- Bite into a pita
Pitas are small stuffed pancakes and a Cretan specialty. They are usually served with feta cheese (tiropita), spinach leaves (vlita), olive oil, and lemon... There are also sweet pitas, with eggs and cinnamon. For example, kalitsounia is a traditional Cretan dessert. You don’t have to be worry about your diet when sailboat chartering in Crete, great news!
- Take a swim in the pink and turquoise lagoon of Elafonissi
The exceptionally clear waters around the Elafonissi peninsula are just a few dozen meters from the beach. In order to enjoy the wild beauty of this deserted place, it is better to visit out of season. Plan your sailboat charter in Crete during the offseason is also cheaper than usual.
- Spend a day in the small village of Loutro
Loutro is a Cretan village with an almost Cycladic architecture. Wander between the white houses with their blue shutters, in alleys where cars are not allowed, swim in the tiny beach with its clear waters, and enjoy a raki under the tamarisk trees.
- Explore the surprising palm grove of Vaï
In this small paradise called the palm grove of Vaï, thousands of palm trees line along a fine sandy beach with clear water. To make the most of the beach, it is best to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Then head to the right of the beach, where the stairs in the rock lead to a straw shelter.
- Enjoy Greek or "frappé" coffees or raki
After a good meal, enjoy a Turkish coffee (with the grounds at the bottom of the cup), here called Greek coffee, or refresh yourself with an iced coffee called "frappé." Coffee is usually served with a glass of water. Also, try Cretan (or tsikoudia) raki.
- Scuba diving
Explore the Cretan seabed by scuba diving during your sailing holiday in Crete on a sailboat. Crete offers optimal conditions for diving: clear waters and mild currents. The waters of the Mediterranean are full of octopuses, morays, groupers, sea hares, newts, and other rays. They are most common in summer when the temperature is the highest, and they can be found around a cave or rock. They are mainly spotted near the northwest coast.