In the summertime the dominating wind is the notorious Meltemi from the NW WNW. July and August sees the winds at their greatest, force 5 6 on the northern coast but more often a more mild force 3 4. The spring and autumn sees winds form the south, force 2 4. The southern coast is notorious for strong squalls the blow down from the mountains. There is little in the way of caution and they can be violent close inshore. It gets really hot on the island during the summertime months with the average day-to-day temperature reaching 35 deg C in July and August and temperature levels as high as 40 deg C are not unusual.
Nisis Gramvousa lies off Crete s S coast. There is a protected bay on the SE side of the island. Private yachts can anchor in the bay or go bows to the quay. There are no centers however water is available fro a well by the chapel
Or anchor in either of the 2 bays to the E and W of the headland depending on the winds direction. The tavernas here are good.
There are anchorages on either side of Ak Mouros. Ormos Loutra to the E where a private yacht can anchor of the village and Ormos Foinikias to the W. There are a few tavernas and limited arrangements can be gotten in the village.
Even more to the W is Skafion. Private yachts can anchor of the town in calm weather condition. There are tavernas ashore and all provisions can be found. The as soon as small town is now a booming traveler resort
At Ay Galini yachts can go bow or stern to or alongside the quay. There is good holding on the sandy bottom and shelter from the Meltemi. There is water on the quay and fuel in the town. All arrangements can be obtained and there are good tavernas. Another just recently established tourist resort.
Matala is a horseshoe shaped bay on the W side of Ak Latinos. Yachts ought to only use it in calm weather. Many arrangements can be acquired and there are excellent tavernas ashore.
Kali Limenes is a small bay on the E side of Ak Litinos. Private yachts can anchor in the bay in depth of 3 6m. There is good shelter from the N and W but it is open to the E and S. Limited arrangements can be found in the town and there are a couple of tavernas.
Yachts can go bow or stern to on the N or W sides. All provisions may be acquired and there are great waterside tavernas.
Luxury yachts can anchor in the large sandy bay of Kato Zakros. There are a couple of tavernas ashore but the primary attraction is the ruins of a Minoan palace at the foot of the remarkable gorge.
Ormos Grandes is a large bay on the N side of Ak Plaka. Yachts can seek shelter from the Meltemi at Kouremenos in the N of the bay. 2 miles to the N of Kouremenos is Vai. Here yachts can anchor of the sandy beach and there are tavernas ashore.
Crete s cuisine is comparable to that found throughout the Aegean. Fish plays a big part in the kind of tuna, swordfish, sea bass, urchins, octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Cretan red wine is relatively great.
Yachts can anchor in the bay or go bows to the quay. Ormos Loutra to the E where a private yacht can anchor of the village and Ormos Foinikias to the W. Private yachts can anchor in the bay in depth of 3 6m. Yachts can seek shelter from the Meltemi at Kouremenos in the N of the bay. Here yachts can anchor of the sandy beach and there are tavernas ashore.