Being Greece's sunniest town, here you can experience history unfolding: sights from ancient Greece, the Byzantines, the Venetians, and the Ottomans.

Ierapetra Attractions


Episkopi Kato Chorio Byzantine Church

Built in the 11th century AD, it is dedicated to St. Georgios and St. Charalambos. It stands out for its distinctive architecture.

An picture of the island of Spinalonga where the Venetian fortifications stand.
distant ≈ 44.9km

Spinalonga Fortress (Island)

The Venetians fortified this small island and later became an isolation colony for lepers until 1957. An excellent day trip.

A photo showing the Windmills of Selí Ambélou with the surrounding mountains in the background.
distant ≈ 47.4km

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

With an amazing view and 24 windmills around, you can take lots of pictures here. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop.


Promenade of Ierapetra

The pedestrian coastal promenade of of the southmost Greek city passes above a beautiful beach and is crammed with tavernas and cafés.

An old stone-built windmill at the area Poros close to Elounta.
distant ≈ 38.7km

Poros Elounda Windmills

The three old but well-preserved windmills are distinctive trademarks of this windy area. The sea nearby has crystal clear waters.

A light-brown church with a sharp-cornered façade, a dome, and a small belfry - the Panagia Kera Church, Kritsa.
distant ≈ 25.5km

Panagia Kera Church


Panagia Kera's distinct exterior look will surprise you, and once inside, the ancient biblical hagiography will fascinate you.


Pyrgos (Myrtos) Archaeological Site

Minoan town founded approximately 5000 years ago on a high hill with amazing views. It takes about 15 minutes on foot from the intersection.

A photo of the interior of the Venetian Fortress «Kales» of Ierapetra.
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Venetian Fort «Kales»

The 13th-century Venetian castle was damaged by strong earthquake in 1508 and later was taken over by the Ottomans in 1647.

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Ierapetra Things to Do

Picture taken at the area of Kapsa Monastery that depicts the Perivolakia gorge.
distant ≈ 39.6km
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Perivolakia (Kapsa) Gorge

A demanding 1h30 hike on a well-marked path with vertiginous heights while vultures fly above your head. Extra care needed.

A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0
distant ≈ 41.8km
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Richtis Gorge & Waterfall

Crossing it from the beach it takes an hour and a half but to add difficulty start from the other entrance. Cool off at the waterfall.

A part of the facilities of the Kapsa monastery with the great view of the Libyan Sea in the background.
distant ≈ 39.7km

Kapsa Monastery

Dedicated to St John the Baptist, this otherworldly monastery was founded in the 15th century on a steep rocky slope overlooking the Lybian Sea.

A picture that shows the «Ha» Gorge and the Thrypti Mountain Range close to Ierapetra.
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«Ha» Gorge

Thrypti Range

Ha's gorge is impressive however, you need to be an experienced climber to proceed after the first water basin. Worth the detour if you're passing by.

A human hand offers food to a monkey with Crete's mountains in the background.
distant ≈ 42.9km
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Amazonas Park Crete


A menagerie with a few animals from the tropics. You can feed playful and friendly lemurs. Ideal for families. Note: animals in artificial habitat.

Droplets and mist created by the waterfall form a small rainbow.
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Hike «Mylonas Waterfall» Gorge

A moderate 15-minute hike across the densely vegetated gorge leads to a splendid 20-meters waterfall.

Ierapetra Why visit?

  • The economy is predominantly agricultural and touristic.
  • Its name means the Sacred Rock.
  • The rain is rare in the sunniest region of Europe.

Ierapetra Museums

An old house wall with selves full of utensils, bottles, an cups in the Rodanthi Museum, Kritsa.
distant ≈ 26.3km

Rodanthi Museum


Crete's herbs are used for traditional medicines, infusions, and cuisine. Museum Rodanthi gives an engaging tour into the island's botanical wealth.

The exterior of the building of the Archaeological Museum of Ierapetra.
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Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra

Housed since 1899 in an old Ottoman school the Archaeological Collection aims to preserve and present the area's antiquities.

Ierapetra Beaches


Achlia Beach

Good snorkeling spot with clear and steeply deep waters and a wide sandy beach. Don't skip the nearby fish taverns. Nice beach bar too.


Voulisma Beach

Istro Lasithi

A gorgeous beach with sand and rocks below short cliffs. Turquoise waters. Excellent vibes. You could also go up the hill, if you feel adventurous.