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'.
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
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
Heraklion Airport to Ierapetra is approx 1hr 30mins by taxi