A stone wall and a palm tree in the city of Ierapetra, Crete

Meaning Sacred Stone, Ierapetra is sun-drenched, cheerful and welcoming

Crete. Ierapetra. Infinite beaches with golden sand, caressed by the warm Libyan winds. Here, life moves at a leisurely pace and holidays can be taken  virtually all year round. The waterfront is teeming with fish tavernas, cafes and bars, and every night feels like a celebration. The old town in southern Crete invites you to explore its narrow alleyways and flower-strewn patios… every minute here is an absolute joy.

What to do in Ierapetra

Sea and sand wherever you look
Ierapetra is richly endowed with  beautiful, seemingly endless beaches. You’ll rest and recharge your batteries, soaking up the sun while lounging on the golden sand, the sea glistening before you. Anywhere you look, the scenery is exotic. Makri Yialos is located just 30km east of Ierapetra. The long, sandy beach is fully organized; water sports, a picturesque port, tavernas, stores, hotels and a village with its friendly locals make this seaside resort the perfect choice for a fun-filled holiday. It’s also worth exploring the many other small beaches and coves you’ll encounter along the way.

Chrysi island in the Libyan Sea
The ultimate paradise. Chrysi is an almost entirely flat island that from a distance looks like a thin strip of land protruding from the sea. The water around it is shallow, with a striking turquoise colour.  The island is covered in powdery pink sand, while the stunning scenery is further enhanced by the scent of cedar.

In addition to the rare cedar forest, in this corner of Crete you’ll have the opportunity to discover ancient trees, as well as more than 120 species of migratory birds that live here. And if luck is on your side, you may encounter the famous sea turtles Caretta caretta, that often visit the island. The emerald green water of the tiny Chrysi island awaits, just 8 nautical miles south of Ierapetra, with boats making daily trips and all-day excursions.

The city’s fortress
Standing at the fortress, overlooking the old neighbourhoods and gazing out at the Libyan sea from its four towers, you’ll let the stories of the Saracen pirates take over your imagination. A point of architectural pride for Ierapetra, and its most impressive attraction, the famous Fortress of Kales was built at the beginning of the 14th century and has witnessed its fair share of history – not only the Venetian and Ottoman wars, but also catastrophic earthquakes. Well-preserved and impressive, it hosts various cultural events, like the Kirvia cultural festival every summer.

Ierapetra: gateway to the south
In Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe, the lazy summer days start around midday with a coffee by the waterfront and continue with a refreshing swim at the eastern beach, with its green-blue water. Early evenings begin with a stroll in the old town, taking in the castle, the mosque and ‘Napoleon’s house’, and always ending up in a quaint cobblestone neighbourhoods, refreshed and revitalized by the  sea air.

Boogie nights
The nights in Ierapetra are eventful.. They begin with a walk on the beach or along the waterfront. The tavernas here are famous for their fresh fish and add even more vitality to an already lively city, where it feels like every sunset marks the beginning of a great celebration.

Images of Ierapetra

Hidden gems of Ierapetra

A legendary visit: Napoleon in Ierapetra?
Is it legend or a historical fact?  Many claim that on 26th July 1789 Napoleon, on his way to Egypt to declare war on the Mameluks, stopped in Crete and spent the night in Ierapetra. The two-storey home  said to have hosted him in Ierapetra  is located in the old town.

The old churches in Ierapetra
A Bishops’ seat, Ierapetra has interesting religious monuments. It’s worth visiting the Panagia tou Kale, Afendi Christo, Agios Spyridon and Agios Ioannis, which was converted to a mosque in the 17th century.

The forest and plateau of Selakano
The wild beauty of this landscape in Crete captivates you from the very first moment: beautiful gorges, streams, and birds of prey abound. You’ll reach this impressive destination through a majestic journey through the village of Selakano and a network of forest roads. In the basin there are two settlements as well as cultivations of walnut trees, pear trees and vines.

The Selakano forest is considered one of the largest apiculture sites in Crete, ending at the peak of Mt Dikti, Afentis Christos (Lord Christ), at a height of 2.148 metres. When you travel to Ierapetra, you should set aside a day to enjoy this  enchanting forest to the full.

Almyra Hotel & Village

The Hotel is built based on a modern architecture with low buildings perfectly adjusted to the environment, offering plenty of space to relax and enjoy your vacations in one of the 162 rooms that the hotel has to offer.
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9th Km. Ierapetras–Sitias, 72200, Koutsounari, IERAPETRA
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