Holidays in
Ierapetra

Europe’s southernmost town

Ierapetra, Crete’s (and Europe’s) southernmost town is situated on the island’s Libyan Sea coast, and its sheltering snow-capped mountains mean it’s also the sunniest destination in Europe. The fourth largest city in Crete, it’s one of stark contrasts – from the the buzzing bars and restaurants that line the modern promenade to the traditional and sleepy old town. There’s a rich history and culture to discover on holidays to Ierapetra. Standing guard at the edge of the ancient port is the famous Kales Fortress, built by a Genoese pirate in 1212. There are also the well-preserved remnants of the Turkish occupation in the mosques and fountains of the Ottoman Empire. And many of the buildings house impressive exhibitions of paintings and sculptures by local artists. It’s the beaches at Ierapetra that attract the most visitors. Awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety, the stunning coastline is home to a vast beachfront with calm, warm waters.

YOUR IERAPETRA QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Among Ierapetra’s beaches, our favourite is Kato beach. Starting at the fortress at the western end of town, its calm waters make it perfect for swimming.

Thank you in Greek is efcharistó.

While the summer months promise soaring temperatures and bags of sunshine, the average annual temperature is 20°C, so take your pick.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN IERAPETRA

Visit Chrissi Island

This protected island and wildlife refuge has a cedar forest, sands tinged pink by seashells and is surrounded by the clearest waters you can imagine.

See the Azorias olive tree

A natural monument, this 14-metre-high olive tree is nearly 3,500 years old, with a colossal trunk measuring nearly five metres. It’s the world’s oldest.

Visit Gournia

Dating from the Late Bronze Age, Gournia gives an incredible insight into an ancient Minoan town. Tour houses, a palace and a cemetery.