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IERAPETRA
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Ierapetra appeals to those who like to holiday amongst the locals, and enjoy a true Cretan experience staying in a genuine working town.  Located in a rich agricultural area,  Ierapatre is one of the largest towns in Crete and being a working town is therefore not entirely dominated by tourism though it has a become a popular choice in recent years, it has an interesting mix of modern and historic parts and retains much of its character and charm in the older areas.

 

A traditional resort, Ierapetra, is the southernmost town in Europe, famous for its historical landmarks, modern Ierapetra is built on the exact site where the ancient Ierapetra was. There is a medieval fortress still guarding the harbour and nearby is the house that Napoleon is reported to have stayed in. The traditional Islamic Mosque is now used as a music school with its pretty Muslim fountain 'Krini'.

 

 

Holydaying in Ierapetra you can enjoy the old town named Kato Mera, it’s characterized by a medieval street layout with narrow alleyways, cul-de-sacs and small houses, creating a village-like atmosphere. It has interesting mix of architecture and monuments, testament to the town’s strategic importance to the Romans, Turks and Venetians who have all occupied Ierapetra.

 

The focal point of the old town is the harbour with its Venetian castle and clock tower, and the promenade, both areas busy with waterfront restaurants, tavernas and bars that attract locals and tourists alike, along with a couple of clubs. The town offers a variety of goods from top designer labels and exquisite jewellery to fine antiques and high quality leather. High quality gold and silver are good buys and shops can be found along the pedestrian street.

 

Ierapetra beach starts more or less in the centre of town and extends a couple of km towards the east; it’s mostly black sand and is safe for swimming. Most of the significant beaches from Makris Ghialos to Myrtos have EU blue flag status and offer plenty of watersports like scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing.

 

Popular holiday excursions include ancient Agios Nikolaos, a busy lively harbour town sitting on the western end of the scenic Gulf of Mirabello, boat trips to Chrissi Island just across the water, and Spinalonga Island near Elounda with its ancient fortress

 

JOURNEY TIME
Heraklion Airport to Ierapetra is approx 1hr 30mins by taxi

 

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