Ancient Greek Fishing
Fishing has always been integral to the Greek way of life, going way back to the time of the ancient Greeks. During that time, tuna, sea bass and red mullet were all considered delicacies and only reserved for the wealthy, whilst anchovies and sapts were common among the poorer population due to their smaller size and greater availability.
You can still find these fish, and more in Greek waters, as they continue to feed the local population today.
Greece has almost 2,000 surrounding islands, all varying in shape and size, with Crete being the largest and most populated. Its1,046 kilometres of coastline also makes it especially popular for fishermen and sun-seeking tourists. The Coasts of Crete are relatively well known for fishing as many locals and tourists are regularly found trying to make their next big catch.
Waters around Crete and Greece are home to many different exotic fish that can be caught near the coastline. Such fish include the Greater weaver, White Sea bream, European sea bass and Mediterranean moray.
Check this site to see the full list.
While fishing is the epitome of most coastal villages in Crete, Malia is the most well-known among fishermen. Located north east of the Heraklion region, and with a land area of 60km2, Malia is the ultimate go-to destination for those after a fishing-based holiday. It boasts many harbours that are scattered throughout the coastline where you can sit and fish to your hearts content, not to mention the ideal air pressure that allows you to fish anytime of the year.
Experienced fishermen will be able to rent a boat or head to the harbour and start fishing right away. Novice fisherman also have a selection of fishing trips to choose from where they will be taken out in groups by a trained fisherman and taught the ropes. There are many companies such as Thalias travel that offer relaxed fishing excursions for those less experienced.
If you want to head to the harbour or beach and do some relaxing fishing, you should be fine without a permit, however if you’re feeling a bit more extreme and would like to try something like spear fishing, you’ll definitely need a license.
All information regarding licensing can be found here.
Where to stay?
Malia is fast becoming a popular holiday destination. Hotels and resorts can be found all over Malia, and check reviews before you go so you don’t get bogged down with a bad deal.
Image credit: By Taxiarchos228 (Own work) [FAL], via Wikimedia Commons.