Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in or near Ierapetra
Port of Ierapetra, Crete
Historic port that dates from the Venetian era & hosts day-trip boats offering excursions to Chrissi island, a NATURA wildlife sanctuary.
Venetian Fortress «Kales», Ierapetra
13th-century Venetian castle of the old city port. While its name derives from the Turkish kule (tower) obtained after the occupation of 1647.
Ottoman Mosque & Fountain, Ierapetra
Founded in 1891 at the old town (Kato Mera), forms a well-preserved complex of Ottoman architecture.
Napoleon's House, Ierapetra
Old house that according to the legend hosted for one night the French Emperor during his trip and campaign against the Mamluks in Egypt.
Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra
Housed since 1899 in an old Ottoman school aims to preserve area antiquities and excavation findings.
Promenade of Ierapetra
The pedestrian coastal way of Ierapetra passes over the beautiful beach and through numerous tavernas and cafés of the southmost European city.
Byzantine Church of Episkopi, Lasithi
Founded in the 11th century AD, is dedicated to St. Georgios & St. Charalambos, and stands for its unique and distinctive architecture.
Waterfall of Milonas Gorge, Ag. Ioannis, Ierapetra
A 20 minutes walk along the densely vegetated gorge leads to the 20-meters impressive waterfall.
«Ha» Gorge, Thrypti Mountain Range
Impressive rocky mountain known also as Aori that includes one of the wildest canyons in Greece.
Archeological Site of Ancient Gournia
Minoan settlement of the 15th century BC quite well-preserved that was called "Pompei of Crete".
Archaeological Site of a Minoan Settlement
Minoan site founded approximately in 3000 BC, located in a protected location with great view.
The capital of the eastern regional unit of Crete (Lasithi) located at Mirabello Bay that stands for moderate & sustainable tourism development.
Poros Elounda Windmills (& Basilica)
The three old well-reserved round windmills by the sea which are distinctive trademarks of the area that is characterized by the strong winds.
Perivolakia (or Kapsa) Gorge
4,5 km canyon ideal for a quite demanding hiking of 1,5 hours that connects Perivolakia village with the coast close to Kapsa Monastery.
Dedicated to St John the Baptist, it was founded in the 15th century on a steep rocky slope of the southeast coast with a view to Lybian Sea.
Richtis Gorge & Waterfall
After a pleasant hiking trail of 3 km that can last according to the pace from 3 to 4 hours, the visitor reaches the impressive 20m waterfall.
Spinalonga Fortress (Island)
Small island close to Elounda fortified by the Venetians that became a place of isolation for the lepers of Greece between 1904 and 1957.
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.