The landscape in this region west of Ierapetra, to the south of the Lasithi massif, is rugged and barren, wooded – and welcoming!
The southern shore hosts wonderful beaches – again some are popular and busy, but others are unknown in their small coves, ideal for getting away from it all and relaxing.
In your travels west of Ierapetra, you will chance upon many striking mountain vistas, as well as seaside communities.
At the start of the beaches west of Ierapetra is that of Vatos.
The beach (the Bramble) and its associated village lie on the borders of the two prefectures of Heraklion and Lasithi. It is a large deserted stretch with small pebbles and blue waters.
A quiet seaside community, built at the mouth of the Kryos River (the Cold River) and the Gorge of Sarakina, its beach is extensive, with dark-coloured sands, small pebbles and crystal-clear waters. It is not affected by the meltemi and the strong winds that blow in this area.
A large, but not developed strand with coarse sand and small pebbles. With no infrastructure at all, its tranquility makes it a good choice for those wanting to relax and take it easy.
This seaside resort has a beautiful beach, just right for relaxing on. As with much of the land around Ierapetra, the locals are much involved with greenhouse cultivation and tourism.
The town of Ierapetra, with its Venetian fortress – the Kale, is known for its cultivation of greenhouse crops, as is the whole region. The southernmost town on the island, it also enjoys a warm climate that prolongs the bathing season. Four beaches are associated: West Beach, Kato/Lower Beach, that of Aghios Antonios and finally Peristeras.
This (Golden or the Isle of Donkeys) is some 5 km long by 1 wide: its highest point (Kefala) is but 31 m above sea-level.