Welcome to Ierapetra!
Modern city with about 11,000 inhabitants, 35 km south of Agios Nikolaos. It is built on the site of ancient Ierapytna, one of the most important cities in Crete.
To the south of the ancient harbor lies the fortress Kale, built by the Venetians in the early 13th century. and in the old quarter of the city the mosque, built in the late 19th century, and the Turkish fountain.
Visit the Archaeological Collection – housed at the Ottoman School (Town Hall Square) – where exhibits from across the province are on display.
Also, the small churches of the Venetian era – the Afentes Christos of the 14th century, the Virgin Mary of Kale and Saint Nicholas – and the cathedral of Saint George, patron saint of Ierapetra. But thousands of Greek and European tourists come to Ierapetra not only for the fortress and other attractions, but also for the stunning tropical beaches that surround it everywhere and the red hibiscus on the streets. Its climate is mild almost all year round, so besides tourism, the economy is boosted by the cultivation of early vegetable gardens.
Ierapetra is an ideal starting point for day trips to the beautiful scenic mountain and seaside towns. From the forest of Selakanos in Males, down to the beach, from Myrtos and Gra Lygia in the west, to Koutsounari, Ferma and Makri Gialos in the east, discover the villages of Anatoli, Kalamafka, Pisa, Mournies, Gadia, Mythia , Messelleri, Makrylia, Agios Ioannis, Orinos, Schinokapsala, Bainia, Kentri, Stavros, Pano Horio and Kato Horio, Episcopal, Pachia Ammos, Kavoussi, all built between olive groves, pine trees, pine trees, pines. There you will taste delicious local delicacies and get to know the famous hospitality of our place.