Ierapetra is situated on the southeast coast with approx. 10 kilometres coastlines and is the fourth largest town of Crete. Its total area covers 400,52 square kilometres and its population is 12.500 inhabitants. Modern Ierapetra is built on the exact site where the ancient Ierapetra was. The town faces the Lybian Sea and is only 368 kilometres away from the north African coast.
It has the reputation of being the southern most town in Europe. With 202 mm of rainfall it is the sunniest, hottest region of Greece, where the temperature rarely drops below 12 C. all year long. It has many beautiful sandy beaches for all tastes. Some are hidden, tiny little bays, enclosed by extraordinarily "sculptured" rocks, others are long and wide. The lovely countryside with endless, olive groves, fruit trees and green houses is heart-warming.
Today the area of Ierapetra is one of the most productive regions of Greece and one of Europe's main sources of
early fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil and flowers. The population is mostly employed in agriculture -mainly in all year round cultivation of vegetables. There is also considerable income from the abundance of fresh fish brought in by the fishermen who ply the waters to the south and east Crete.
Ierapetra has a lot to offer to its visitors! Whether you prefer a quiet, peaceful holiday enjoying the beautiful nature and traditional Greek atmosphere.