Souda Bay Cruise Port, 2018 and 2019 Cruises to Souda Bay | The Cruise Web
 

Souda Bay Cruise Port

Within the Greek island of Crete is the natural harbor and cruise port of Souda Bay, located near the town of Souda. You'll find the bay between the Akrotiri peninsula and Cape Drapano, with a group of small islands near its mouth; the largest is Souda Island, which is responsible for the bay's name. Although not the typical destination for beachgoers because of the Crete Naval Base, Souda Bay has become increasingly popular with tourists because of its scenic views and historic past. With port facilities here since ancient times, Venetians eventually occupied the area, and some of their fortifications (begun in 1538) are still standing. The nearby city of Chania is Crete's second largest and provides a seemingly endless list of attractions to explore, from the lovely Old Town section to the shop-lined promenade. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Souda Bay, Greece:
 
  • History buffs will want to visit the Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery, designed by architect Louis de Soissons. Containing burials from World War I and World War II, there are a number of soldiers interred here who fought in the Battle of Crete. It's a lovely and peaceful place to reflect as well as take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
     
  • The unique Museum of Typography sounds like it would be mostly educational. It is, but it's also housed in a modern facility that displays the art of printing in a well thought-out manner. The guides are friendly and helpful, and the original machines are an interesting look into the history of the printed word.
     
  • The archaeological site of Aptera in Akrotiri has a place in Greek mythology, where a contest took place between the Sirens and the Muses. The Sirens lost, and forfeited their wings; thus, Aptera means "without wings." Look for the small sanctuary that may have been dedicated to the goddess Demeter, along with other fascinating relics.
     
  • If you do want beaches, the area has several excellent soft sand or pebble beaches within a short distance, including the family-friendly Loutraki and even closer Souda Beach.

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