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, not surprisingly, gets its name from being located to the west end of the seaside front of the town: it runs up the Kale fortress, which is near the town’s centre. Well developed, with sand and shallow water, it gets crowded with people. At its centre is a small canal that ends in a small lake, the Nauvmachia.
The Kale, at the east end, marks the boundary between this and the Lower Beach.
This starts at the Kale at its west end: it has coarse sand and quiet shallow waters. It is thus most suitable for swimming and different water-sports – such as scuba diving. Organized as well, there are nearby plenty of tavernas and cafeterias.
A little to the east again is the beach of Aghios Antonios.
This starts by the church of Aghia Fotini at the west and stretches unbroken for 4 km. It is the biggest by far of the Ierapetra beaches: its west end is organized and known as the Plage tou Demou (the Municipal Beach). It is sandy, with small pebbles and quiet shallow waters.
East of this and at the east end of the beaches is that of Peristeras.
The beach at the east end of those of Ierapetra is a secluded spot: it has sand, rocks and shallow waters. A second, rockier, stretch of the same name lies to the east.
From the centre of Ierapetra town, and further east along the coast too, we can see opposite us a small island – Chrysi or Gaidouronisi. Which every summer gets a vast horde of visitors.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Ierapetra, Ierapetra, Lasithi
- free camping Yes - in some areas
- nudism Yes - in some areas
- beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
- accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
- dinning Yes - plenty of choices
- other facilities
There are umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and lifeguard for the safety of bathers. Also, the beach is ideal for water sports.
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 35 km from Agios Nikolaos.
From Heraklion: Take the National Highway east to Agios Nikolaos. Do not turn off this, do not enter the town; rather turn right and continue south to Ierapetra. Alternatively, from Heraklion follow the main road that passes through the south regions of the prefecture of Heraklion; this leads to Ierapetra via Ano Viannos and Myrtos. This route is more difficult, but worth it, as it passes through picturesque villages.
From Sitia: There are two routes you can take to get to Ierapetra, starting from Sitia. The first leads to Ierapetra by following a road to the west. Before Pachyammos turn left and continue south. The second follows the road to Makrigialos and Ferma. From Ferma continue on towards the west: after 10 km you are in Ierapetra.
By bus: Services run to Ierapetra from Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. There are also connections between Ierapetra and other settlements in this part of Crete.