The legendary birthplace of the mighty Greek god Zeus, Crete is steeped in ancient Greek mythology and history. It was here that King Minos reputedly kept the monstrous Minotaur in a labyrinth and here that Europe’s first advanced civilizations, the Minoans, flourished from around 2700 to 1420 B.C. Today the island is a real meeting point of east and west, coloured with mysterious ruins, strange legends, and a lively cultural scene.

As the largest Greek island, Crete is full of hidden corners and wild, unspoilt beaches which are best appreciated by charter yacht. For those who like a little more buzz, the stunning ports of Rethymnon and Heraklion offer excellent restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities. Whichever you choose, here are our favourite five charter yachts for making the most of Crete this summer!


The 241.31 foot/73.55 metre Mogambo was built by Nobiskrug in 2012 and boasts ample outdoor spaces with a large deck jacuzzi for making the most of the Mediterranean sun. Her stylish interior spaces have been created by Raymond Langton with sleek contemporary furnishings and a neutral colour palette. She can host up to 12 guests in seven cabins as well as a full crew of 20 to guarantee a completely relaxing and restorative charter experience. She is available for summer charter in Crete from €600,000 ($745,000) per week plus expenses.


A yacht named after the Greek god of the sky has to be the perfect choice for an idyllic Cretan cruise. The 164.04 foot/50 metre Ouranos is all about outdoor living with ample lounge spaces spread across her three decks. Custom-built by Admiral Yachts in 2016, her star features include a swim-up bar, games table on the upper deck and impressive water toy chest that includes a mini submarine. Her light and airy interior includes 6 guest cabins which can receive up to 12 overnight guests who are guaranteed a peaceful stay thanks to her classification as the “Most Silent Yacht Ever Certified” by the RINA. Ouranos can be chartered in Crete from €210,000 ($260,500) per week plus expenses.


Boasting looks worthy of a Bond villain escape vessel, the 139.99 foot/42.67 metre My Toy is perfect for reaching remote Cretan beaches. Her breathtaking aerodynamic design is the work of AB Yachts and gives her an incredible top speed of 41 knots. On the inside she is no less inspiring with sumptuous fabrics and hardwood cabinets carefully curated by Guido de Groot Design. She has a total of 5 guest cabins which can receive up to 10 guests. My Toy can be chartered in Crete from €89,000 ($110,500) per week plus expenses.


Astra’s chic outdoor spaces are just made for island cruising with a charming blue and white nautical theme which continues through to the guest cabins and lounges. The 180.45 foot/55 metre Amels yacht was launched in 2014 with exterior styling from Tim Heywood and interior design courtesy of Laura Sessa Romboli. Stand-out relaxation features include a swim platform with hydraulic stairs, a beachclub equipped with a steam room and an onboard masseuse. Her 5 guest cabins can receive up to 10 overnight guests and she also has capacity for up to 13 crew members. Charter her in Crete from €275,000 ($341,500) per week plus expenses.


With classic racy lines reminiscent of iconic sports cars and a top speed of 32 knots, the 151.57 foot/46.20 metre Pure One is the ideal setting for an active charter experience in Crete. Her charming exterior aesthetic is the work of Italian designer Cristiano Gatto, while her interior bears the unique touch of Andrea Bacigalupo with quirky fabric textures and calming silver-grey tones. In total she can accommodate up to 12 guests in her five comfortable guest cabins. Pure One is available for charter this summer for Crete and other selected Greek island destinations from €150,000 ($186,000) per week plus expenses.