Town in Crete

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

Ierapetra Attractions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Archeological Site of Ancient Gournia

Ancient Gournia was a Minoan settlement of the 15th century BC that survives in a relatively good state also thanks to restoration works.

Ottoman Mosque & Fountain

A remarkable piece of Ottoman architecture from 1891, including a mosque and a fountain, which is unfortunately closed to the public.

A detail of a window and the exterior of the Napoleon's House in Ierapetra.
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Napoleon's House

Oral tradition has it that Napoleon, on his way to Egypt, stayed incognito overnight in this house. It's credible and it's possible.

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.

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.

Ierapetra Things to Do

A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0
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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Ierapetra Museums

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 Day Trips

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a charming little town blessed with gorgeous gorges, boat trip options, historical sites, and beautiful beaches in its vicinity.

Questions & Answers about Ierapetra

Why Visit Ierapetra?
  • Rich and important trade center for the export of agricultural products to Europe.
  • The biggest in population town at the eastmost regional unit of Crete.
  • The rain is rare in the sunniest region of Europe.