On the way from Ierapetra into the south east corner of Crete (and the Lasithi Prefecture) are a goodly number of lovely coves and beaches. Generally they have coarse sand intermixed with gravel-like and small pebbles.
Beginning the excursion with those immediately east of Ierapetra, the first beach met when proceeding eastwards is that of Katharades.
A beach with crystal-clear, deep water, coarse sand and plenty of flat and smooth rocks on the sea bed: be wary of these last as they are often highly slippery underfoot!
Here is a large beautiful strand, with small pebbles and blue waters, with tamarisks aplenty. Behind it is the village with the same name: both south of the picturesque village of Aghios Ioannis. Also known correctly as the Long Beach, it runs for 5 km.
This and the similarly named village are in an area full of pines. It has small pebbles and deep clear water. The setting is impressive because of the large rocks and sheer cliffs that hem the beach in.
It is quiet and sheltered, with high cliffs, small pebbles and sand, as well as crystal-clear waters that drop away suddenly. Around it are many tall pines, tamarisks and olive trees.
By the small settlement and the beach are on every side numerous small coves with pebbles: one is larger, with the same sorts of pebbles and plenty of rocks in the crystal-clear water.
The village beach (Black Swimming) is a quiet one, with small grayish pebbles, a rocky seabed with blue, clear and deep waters. It is not developed, but has enough tamarisks around it to give shade to bathers, as well as several tavernas with fresh fish and rooms to rent.