Chrissi Island

Location: Ierapetra   

The island of Chrissi (or Gaidouronisi) in Lassithi Crete: The uninhabited islet of Chrissi (which means golden island in Greek) lies in the Libyan Sea, at a distance of 8 nautical miles from Ierapetra town. The unofficial name of the islet is Gaidouronissi (island of donkeys). It is nearly flat and its highest point is only 30 meters high. Visitors who wish to spend a few hours in Chrissi can enjoy the small sandy beaches and swim in the turquoise waters of the sea.

Belegrina beach is the most popular and visitors have the opportunity to view fossilized sea shells of thousands of years old there. Among the historical sites to see on the island, you will find the small 13th-century church of Agios Nikolaos, Roman graves and an old lighthouse.

Due to its unique and fragile ecological system, the islet of Chrissi has been included in the NATURA 2000 Program, a European initiative to protect places of natural beauty and ecological interest. Visitors can go to Chrissi by boats that depart from Ierapetra in the morning and return in the afternoon.

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