What to do and see in Ierapetra, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

December 22, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Ierapetra (Greek: Ιεράπετρα, meaning "sacred stone"; ancient name: Ἱεράπυτνα Hierapytna) is a town and municipality in the southeast of the Greek island of Crete.
Restaurants in Ierapetra

1. Koutsounari beach

Epar.Od. Ierapetras - Sitias, Koutsounari, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Koutsounari beach

Reviewed By Faidrak

Excellent loooooong beach, one of the best and clearest I have ever been! Perfect for anyone (even for people with disabilities) and accessible by car. Go!

2. Chrissi Island

Ierapetra, Crete, Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Chrissi Island

Reviewed By Diana M - london

We visited the island a couple of years ago and it was perfect.
This visit was not as good as it was extremely windy, too windy to go in the sea at the nicest area of the island which was a big disappointment. We managed to get in on the side where we docked and it was very good for snorkelling but not the lovely turquoise waters we had previously experienced.
Be warned - there is no where to buy food or drinks at all on the island anymore so make sure you take everything you need. There are some portaloos but they stink and just as bad as festival long drops!
Check the weather before you go and try go when it is not windy.

3. Waterfall of Milona

Kakia Skala, Koutsounari, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Waterfall of Milona

Reviewed By missanna2015 - Rishworth, United Kingdom

The walk to the waterfall is through some pretty spectacular scenery. It's a relatively easy walk, but make sure you have good solid footwear, plenty of water and head wear.

4. Church of Afendis Christos

Baritaki, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
40%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Church of Afendis Christos

Reviewed By GBfromDevizes - Devizes, United Kingdom

We arrived in Ierapetra to a howling wind and must have looked a comical sight as after parking the car for free by the harbour, we unfolded the huge paper map of the town we had bought earlier.
We had already decided what we wanted to see but then, we spotted this lovely church on the map, having overlooked it when we planned our trip yesterday. It takes a bit of finding, it's well set back from the seafront and is located on the junction of two back streets in a very unassuming area.
Its main claim to fame is it's two domes, both in red tiles. It was built in the 14th century and upon walking inside, we saw the beautfully carved iconostasis as well as the frescoes on the walls. It sits in a walled courtyard and appears to be in excellent condition. It also boasts a separate campanile which is built in the "wedding cake" style, more usually found in the Dodecanese Islands. It is the oldest church in both Ierapetra and the entire Lassithi Prefecture and there are no notes that indicate that it was ever converted to a mosque under Turkish rule.
It's ten minute walk from the sea front, and you will need a street map to find it, but it's well worth the effort.

5. Ha Gorge

Vasiliki, Ierapetra, Crete 72200, Greece
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Ha Gorge

Reviewed By Julian W - Metz, France

Normal tourist can only access the lower entrence of the canyon, which is a beautiful and quite impressing place, but it does'nt offer a look Inside the steep canyon which remains a place for very well experienced and very well equipped canyoning experts. For access it is better to leave the car near the noise producing factory at the foothills of the Mountains and to take the 10 minutes walk on the stony dirt road up to the entrence to have a look. There are 10 m of metallic cable to access the direct beginng, but then you need to have full climbing gear and ropes to get any further - The canyon is interesting for people loving geological and natural sites, but for normal tourists it is not recommended. Keep in mind that you will need good hiking shoes to approach the entrance. Keep away if there is heavy rain or thunderstorm announced.

6. Agios Andreas Beach

Ierapetras - Sitias, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece +30 2842 028282
Excellent
20%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Agios Andreas Beach

Reviewed By castle1_10 - Leeds, United Kingdom

Dark gritty - small pebbles here you need sandals to walk on, the sea shelves out quite quickly..... its a nice place to stop for a couple of hours.
Some sunbeds etc and Cafe nearer the hotel end of the beach otherwise it offers nothing else looking east making it mostly un-sheltered from the sun.
Visited twice and not a lot of holiday makers around we did note some locals playing basketball at the nets.
I think its designated a blue flag here

7. Neos Myrtos Beach

Myrtos, Ierapetra, Crete, Greece
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Neos Myrtos Beach

Reviewed By castle1_10 - Leeds, United Kingdom

driving out of Lerapetra west around 30 minutes Neos Mirtos beach is reach its large pebbles no sand we stopped around 5 minutes viewed and carried on. if your inquisitive park up opposite the Sarikampos Beach apartments and take the reciprocal views.

8. Strand von Ierapetra

Stratigou Samouil, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
50%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Strand von Ierapetra

Reviewed By dnowland_12 - Leeds, United Kingdom

The main focal point on the sea front here in Ierapetra, nice to walk from the eastern end down to the ferry harbour, plenty of bars, restaurants and a few shops along the way, look out for Cafe Lido and have a look at the Macaws or Parrots or whatever they are.
If you visit this resort it is inevitable that you will walk here

9. Timios Stavros Chapel

Kastelos Hill | Kalamafka, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Timios Stavros Chapel

Reviewed By castle1_10 - Leeds, United Kingdom

Kalamafka set in the eastern hills of the Dikti mountain range its a lovely drive from Istron going past Kalo Hario then up the winding roads hair pin bends that takes up Primes and eventually up to the village arriving from this direction on you will notice a large hill with a chapel perched on the top and what looks like a track up there but its steps (224) in total.
Park up just passed the Taverna in the village its the only one ! then walk around the rear and proceed up the white washed steps, half way up there is a old tatty wooden seat to sit on if required the path up has a handrail on the right hand side to provide assistance if required.
Reaching the top the views are fantastic over the village plus you can enter the cave of Kastelos hill its completely whitewashed walls offer a cool enviroment and decorated with icons.
Outside on the left top side is located the "stone god" well its a large rock that looks like its got some sort of face on .... little bit of imagination you can see a stone face in the rocks directly below the chapel ... to be honest best viewed from the roadside on the road towards Anatoli.
Afterwards take the gentler road down to Gra Liga and enjoy the scenery on offer

10. The Turkish Mosque

Tzami Square, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Excellent
20%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 43 reviews

The Turkish Mosque

Reviewed By HelloJayC - Singapore, Singapore

Ierapetra is a beautiful beach town. Good and pristine round pebbles on the beach make Ierapetra a good destination even in winters, especially to have nice sun. However and in between this beach town, lies the Turkish Mosque overlooking the narrow lanes that run from this square. Due to the renovation work, we could not go inside. The building from outside may not appear that appealing yet, in a town with churches and fort, a mosque reminds of amalgamation of culture through histories of expedition and voyage.

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