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Souda Bay Crete

Chania Greece

Souda Bay Crete
Souda Bay Crete

A deep safe harbour which has been used for centuries, this bay is 8 km from the centre of Chania town on the north coast of Crete. Ferries arrive and depart from this port from and to Pireaus port of Athens.

Ferries Souda Bay Crete

Anek Ferries run from Athens to Crete and dock at Souda Bay Port near ChaniaAnek Ferries run from Athens to Crete and dock at Souda Bay Port near Chania

arrive to this port from the port of Pireaus in Athens - the crossing take approximately 9 hours although there are some faster boats.

Ferries depart from this port to Piraeus the port of Athens port - departure frequency depends on the season.

Boats of the ferry companies Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, Anen Lines, Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star Ferries run these routes.

Departures go to Piraeus daily and during the summer period departures go twice daily.

Many cruise ships dock here and passengers are well placed to enjoy a day trip to Chania town or to visit the many exquisite beaches, explore historical sites and dine in traditional tavernas.

Transfer Information

Local buses on Crete are comfortable modern coaches run by KTELLocal buses on Crete are comfortable modern coaches run by KTEL

- there are several local buses per hour from the port to Chania town.  The ride takes about 15 minutes and cost is less than €10. Buses are less frequent in spring, autumn and winter. Always check timetables as they are seasonal and change according to the time of year. More bus information and timetables here.

Taxi - taxis take about 15 minutes to the centre of the city, to the old town, with a cost, per car, of less than €35.

Driver Guides - Giannis and Dimitris Bertakis are Cretan taxi drivers, they offer transfers from Souda Port and local knowledge, VIP services, customised excursions and driver-guide services...see more about these talented local brothers who speak English and Spanish, and love their island of Crete, they are passionate to show you around and provide a wonderful personalised service.

About Souda Bay

This is a deep harbour with ruins of forts at the entrance

Souda Bay Crete - the bay is protected by the Akrotiri peninsular, where the Chania international airport is located. The entrance to the bay has been protected by succeeding powers over many centuries, there are ruins of the venetian fort still visible today.

Set just off the national road to the east of Chania, the bay should not be confused with Souda beach to the west of Plakias in south of Rethymnon, Crete.

The Greek navy and NATO navy operate out of Souda Bay, and there is a NATO missile firing base nearby.

Where is NSA Souda Bay?

The US naval support activity is based near here near the village of Mouzouras.

Greek and NATO navy vessels use this bay as a base

Souda Bay Crete - Souda Island Venetian Fortress

In the centre of the bay is an island called Souda with an old Venetian castle dating from 1573.

Allied War Cemetery

The War Cemetaries are located on Souda Bay

On the shores of the bay is the cemetery of the fallen allies from World War II, where the Battle of Crete memorials are held each year in May. Ceremonies held here are for Allies and take place in the Allied Cemetery.

Exploring Chania

Explore the Venetian port and Old Towno of ChaniaExplore the Venetian port and Old Towno of Chania

It is ideal to have a car to explore around the Chania region of western Crete.

Local buses go from Chania Port into Chania Town and also through the coastal villages. To the east of the ferry harbour, are the beachside villages of Kalyves, Almyrida and Plaka.

On the south of the bay, a little inland and south of the national road, sits the ancient site of Aptera, dating from the 14th century BC.

To the west of Chania are the beaches of Agia Marina and Maleme, inland is the gorge and village of Theriso which makes a perfect day trip from this location. See more here about beaches close to Chania Town.

Visit Samaria Gorge, Agia Roumeli, Chora Sfakion and the southern beaches such as Loutro.

Almyrida Beach is in Souda Bay, 17 km from Souda Port

Almyrida Beach is in Souda Bay, just 17 km from Souda Port, with a sandy beach and clear azure waters, just metres from local tavernas with fresh seafood, ask the owners for the fresh-caught fish of the day or try octapodi stin skara - bbq octopus.

Marathi Beach Crete

Marathi Beach is in Souda Bay, opposite the port. A sandy beach and sparkling clear waters. Reach here from the port in 25 minutes as it is only 18 km.

Stavros Beach Crete

Stavros Beach is close to Souda Port, with a sandy bay perfect for children. Again, there are seaside cafes and restaurants to relax in, by the waterside.

Souda Bay Crete

Souda Bay Crete

Discover the many attractions of this Xania region from this good central location, and see Rethymnon only 48 km to the east.

For a charming rural experience nearby to the ferry port, we would recommend the Irida's House
Gardenia Guest House with sweeping views across Souda Bay in Akrotiri, Crete, just 15 km from Chania Old Town

For a charming rural experience nearby to the ferry port, we would recommend the Irida's House just 20 km from the port, away from town, on the Acrotiri peninsula.

This 3 bedroom house, with a spectacular view on the edge of a quiet village, is only 11 km from the Mediterranean at Marathi, a short drive away. This is a real home away from home with eclectic rustic chic touches and a cozy atmosphere.

Your outdoor patio surrounded by trees gives plenty of privacy, yet offers sweeping views across Souda Bay to Apokoronas and the White Mountains. This house sleeps 5 with 3 bedrooms with supplementary beds.

This accommodation is best visited with a car, you will be 8 km from Chania Old Town and in a good position to explore the west of Crete.

"The house was very beautifully decorated and there was plenty of room for our family of five. There were air conditioning in all the bedrooms and also in the living room, which made it easy to cool the house even though it was very hot outside. Maria was extremely friendly and helpful, she had even baked a cake to welcome us! We would definitely recommend staying in her house."

Villa Marathoula Crete
Villa Marathoula Crete

Villa Marathoula is set directly on the beach opposite Souda port. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathrooms this home welcomes 4 guests with a fully equipped kitchen, terrace and air conditioning. Step from your terrace to the beach.

Located just 4 km from the airport and 15 km from Chania town, you will have the best of both worlds here at Marathi Beach.

"We received a very warm welcome and care throughout the stay. Beautiful accommodation, very good food in a family-owned tavern!"

Villa Dimi Kalathas Chania
Villa Dimi Kalathas Crete

Villa Dimi - this gorgeous villa is a mixture of traditional and modern design with all the good things in life provided for you. This inspiring local architectural home sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Located 1 km from Kalathas Beach and 17 km from the port at Souda. Ideal for a large family gathering.

"Wonderful, exciting and very hard to leave. Very beautiful, very aesthetic, very very generous in the actual reference to the needs of the guests. A feeling of a home where all needs are met."

On the Map

See the location of Souda Bay Crete next to Chania town on the north coast of Crete, on the interactive map below.

Getting Here

Souda Bay Crete -  you may choose to take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Chania with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

The distance from Chania International Airport to Souda Port is 17 km, or less than 20 minutes to drive.

More ferry and flight information below.

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