Ierapetra in Crete
Hotels and apartments
Ierapetra is the most southerly town in Europe and is
known for its particularly mild climate. The town of Ierapetra has
been in existence since ancient times, when it had important trade
links with North Africa. Roman remains, a Venetian fort, a Turkish
mosque and minaret still exist.
The journey from Heraklion takes about one and a half
hours. In the centre of the town there is a long promenade with lots
of shops, tavernas and hotels, and the little harbour with its Venetian
fort. Many of the local inhabitants of the area around Ierapetra work
in agriculture, and so is common to see the long green houses for
growing vegetables, while inland there are lovely pine fortests and
olive groves. The kilometre long sand and shingle beach with numerous
attractive little coves, has two beaches which have been awarded the
Blue European Flag.
Near to Ierapetra, there are many little villages with
rooms or apartments for rent as well as lots of hotels. The region
of Ierapetra lends itself particularly for walking, or for boat trips
to the nearby bays, to the golden Island of ‘Crisi” or
Koufonisi with its unusual crushed-shell beaches. There are many interesting
outings to be made, for example a visit to Agios Nikolaos, to the
vast Lassithi Plain with its windmills, to the Butterfly Gorge or
to the beautiful palm strewn beach at Vai.
Hotels & apartments in Ierapetra
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Top beaches. Crete, Greece
Kouremenos near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
Two hours walk through the Rihtis gorge, which is a beautiful path that culminates with Rihtis waterfall near Rihtis beach, will take you to one of the most secluded beaches of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach (North-Eastern Crete)
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains unknown to the masses.
Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano explosion.
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
We are not talking about the district with the same name at Ierapetra, here we find ourselves 7 kms east of Sitia in an area where the biggest cemetery of Minoan Crete was discovered.
Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
Thousands of lilies at the eastern part of Crete fill the atmosphere with sensual vibes.
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