Lassithi Ierapetra

General information

Crete Ierapetra Lassithi: The town of Ierapetra (Holy Stone) is located 35 km south of Agios Nikolaos town and is the largest city of Lassithi. It is boarded by the Libyan Sea and stands on the narrowest crossing of the island. Daily buses link the town to the capital of Agios Nikolaos, Heraklion and Sitia. The town has been built on the site of ancient Ierapytna (from the Doric period), that flourished in the 2nd century BC and became the strongest city of the area during the Roman times.

Ierapetra counts on 11000 inhabitants who are mostly engaged in agriculture and tourism. It is surrounded by abundant cultivations of orange and lemon groves and groceries which are particularly productive because of the frequent days of sunshine and the warm provided by the ideal climate of the area.

Several remains of a fortress built by the Genovese during the 13th century AD can still be seen in the wider region, also known as the Castle Gerapetra, Katelli or Koule. In Ierapetra, visitors can visit the beautiful Turkish mosque in the old town, as well as the fine Church of the Metamorfossis (Transformation) of Christ. This church was built in the 14th century AD and hosts some imteresting frescoes.

Plenty of accommodations of all categories and kinds can be found in Ierapetra as well as various tourist facilities, bars, cafes and taverns, mostly boarding the harbour. Boat tours to the exotic island of Gaidouronissi (Donkey Island), or else Chrissi, are organised from Ierapetra.

Hotels in Ierapetra

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Hotel Rooms SuitesLuxury

Numo Beach Resort in Ierapetra is a modern, luxurious resort on the seaside with a variety of accommodations for a comfortable and pleasant stay. The hotel boasts two swimming pools, a spa, an outdoor cinema, a tennis court and a fitness center. There are also two restaurants serving exquisite ...


El Greco

Hotel Rooms Suites Junior Suites4 stars

The cozy El Greco is a four-star hotel offering seafront rooms with views of the port and the endless blue sea. Units of El Greco are equipped with comfortable beds, simple interiors, and furnished balconies. An interior lobby for all visitors and a restaurant for breakfast and dinner are also found ...


Petra Mare

Hotel Apartments Suites4 stars

The four-star, seaside Petra Mare hosts an array of over 200 suites and family apartments. Every unit of Petra Mare has stylish interior decorations, soundproof windows, and private porches, whereas guests can enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and in-house restaurant. Children will love the ...


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1 Review
  • kathy_greg 11 Jan 2011
    Hospitable place
    Ierapetra consists of two district parts, the Old Town and Kato Mera. Take a walk there and you will notice that the character and style of the neighborhood has been retained till today. Near the city of Iepapetra there are two beaches which I really loved. The first one is very close to the city centre, thus it provides certain benefits to visitors. The other is called Koutsounari, not so crowded. The taverns along the small port of Ierapetra have the most hospitable owners. Delicious food everywhere you sit. Do not worry about that, I haven't heard anyone complaining about the food in Greece. Complaints about the service and the prices, yes. But about the food, never! It is amazing how all Greeks are so good chefs!