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.

Attractions & Things to Do in Ierapetra

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.

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Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra

Housed since 1899 in an old Ottoman school aims to preserve area antiquities and excavation findings.

← W
< 1km

Napoleon's House

Old house that according to the legend hosted for one night the French Emperor during his trip and campaign against the Mamluks in Egypt.

↙ SW
< 1km

Ottoman Mosque & Fountain

Founded in 1891 at the old town (Kato Mera), forms a well-preserved complex of Ottoman architecture.

↙ SW
< 1km

Venetian Fortress «Kales»

13th-century Venetian castle of the old city port. While its name derives from the Turkish kule (tower) obtained after the occupation of 1647.

↙ SW
< 1km
The Port of Ierapetra on the island of Crete.
photo: BasilioC

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.

↙ SW
< 1km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 10.2km

Waterfall of Milonas Gorge, Ag. Ioannis Ierapetra

A 20 minutes walk along the densely vegetated gorge leads to the 20-meters impressive waterfall.

→ E
≈ 14km

«Ha» Gorge, Thrypti Mountain Range

Impressive rocky mountain known also as Aori that includes one of the wildest canyons in Greece.

↗ NE
≈ 17.1km

Archeological Site of Ancient Gournia

Minoan settlement of the 15th century BC quite well-preserved that was called «Pompei of Crete».

↗ NE
≈ 17.1km

Archaeological Site of a Minoan Settlement

Minoan site founded approximately in 3000 BC, located in a protected location with great view.

← W
≈ 19.1km

Agios Nikolaos

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

↑ N
≈ 28.5km

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.

↑ N
≈ 38.7km

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.

→ E
≈ 39.6km

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.

→ E
≈ 39.7km
A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0

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.

↗ NE
≈ 41.3km

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.

↑ N
≈ 45km

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

24 out of the 27 initially existing windmills compose a complex that was characterized as a piece of art from the Greek Government in 1986.

↖ NW
≈ 47.4km

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.