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Yacht berths in Palaiochora

Palaiochora (Παλαιόχωρα) offers a much-needed, if rather shallow, safe harbour for yachts arriving at the southwest end of Crete.


See Crete.


Sources for Weather forecasts:

  • Athens Observatory gives 3 day (every 6 hrs) detailed graphical forecasts for the Greek seas.
  • Poseidon System gives 3 day forecasts for Greek seas from the National Center for Marine Research (Not very reliable).
  • Weather on Line provides detailed 7 day forecast charts for the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Atlantic.
  • Greek Meteorological Service (EMY) it includes the Navtex weather bulletins.
  • Wind Guru a surfer's site with worldwide wind forecasts.

See Aegean Sea.


See Crete.


  • Coast Guard - VHF channel 12

See also Crete.


There are dangerous shallows and reefs extending southwest and northeast from the harbour entrance. Yachts should keep 200 meters off until the harbour entrance opens up on a bearing of 300 degrees. Depths in the entrance are 4-5 meters, the deeper water being towards the port side.

Note: The waypoint for the harbour approach in Heikell’s Greek Waters Pilot is wrong and should not be used. --Atheneoflymington 20:07, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Also see Crete.


The harbour divides into three sections: the western basin is mostly used by commercial vessels; the small eastern basin to the right of the entrance by local boats and fishermen; the northern basin is the main yacht basin. Yachts should either berth alongside the quay to the west of the slipway, where there is room for 3-4 yachts in depths of 2.2 meters, or anchor moor to the jetty which divides this basin from the commercial basin. There is space for around 12 yachts here moored stern or bows to. Depths range from 2.5 meters at the root of the jetty to 3.5 meters at the end. Water and electricity points are available at all berths. There are presently no other facilities in the harbour other than a small cafe.

Shelter appears good from all directions except south east. With strong south easterlies a yacht might find it necessary to seek a berth in either of the other two basins. There are fierce gusts into the harbour with the meltemi and extra precautions are advisable if it is blowing hard (one of which is closing any north-facing cabin windows as the sand blows in). The town of Palaiochora, with good shopping and tavernas, is around two kilometers from the harbour along the road past the ruined Venetian castle.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs





Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


  • Grocery shops in the town (2 kms)

Eating out

  • Several restaurants in the town. Nothing at the harbour.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Greece.


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