Where is Ierapetra in Greece?
The town of Ierapetra is located on the southeast coast of Crete and is a popular but quiet summer holiday destination in the Lassithi prefecture of Crete. Its name means ‘Sacred Rock’ in Greek and it has also been referred to as the most southerly town in Europe and the ‘Bride of the Libyan Sea’.
How do you get to Ierapetra in Crete?
Ierapetra is around 96km (1hr30mins) by road from Heraklion airport (domestic and international flights) and 60km (1hr10mins) from Sitia airport (domestic flights only). Both Heraklion and Sitia also have ports with regular ferry connections to Piraeus and (seasonally) to Cyclades and Dodecanese islands.
What is Ierapetra famous for?
Ierapetra is known as a relaxing summer holiday spot, perfect for couples and families who are looking for relaxing beach holidays with great food, sandy beaches in town and along the coast and the 14th-century Fortress of Kales. Visitors to Ierapetra enjoy day trip options into the Cretan countryside and Chryssi island, around 9 nautical miles into the Libyan Sea.
When is the best time to go to Ierapetra, Crete?
You can comfortably swim in the sea in Crete from mid-May till the end of October, but every season is special in Crete, with spring and autumn especially popular for outdoor activities. The temperatures can vary by 5-10 degrees from coastal to mountainous regions throughout the year. Crete does get busy in the peak summer months (July and August), so it is best to visit in May-June or September-October if possible. However, Ierapetra is one of the quieter summer holiday spots in Crete.