Ierapetra has had a place in the history of Crete since the Minoan period. The Greek and later Roman town of Hierapytna was on the same site as present day Ierapetra.
Ierapetra was chosen among 500 South European destinations by the QualityCoast International Certification Program of EUCC as one of the 50 most attractive tourist destinations.
The area's main economic activities are agriculture in the winter and tourism in the summer. The agricultural production can be divided into two main parts.
Whether you pick the peaceful cobbled streets of the old city in Kato Mera or the busier seafront, you are no doubt going to relish a walk in the charm of genuine Cretan sounds, smells, tastes, coulours
No matter how many times you’ve been to Ierapetra, the city can overwhelm you with its plethora of sights, museums, restaurants, activities, and more
There is a nudist beach on the north coast of the island. The highest point on the island is called Kefala and it is 31 metres (102 feet) above sea level
The Milona Gorge is a gorge, situated near the village of Agios Ioannis, in the municipally of Ierapetra .
Finds from Ierapetra's past can be found in the local Museum of Antiquities, formerly a school for Muslim children. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a well preserved statue of Persephone.
Holidays in Ierapetra are ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Libyan Sea and explore the south of Crete, with its wonderful, picturesque villages, gorges and sandy beaches in or near Ierapetra.