Town Economy

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. Whereas olive oil has been produced all over the municipality at least since Minoan times, for the last thirty years large quantities of fruit and vegetables have also been exported. These are grown in plastic greenhouses, which spread over an area of 15,000,000 square meters between the town of Ierapetra, and Neos Myrtos- Psari Forada in the western part, as well as, in a lesser degree, between the town and Goudouras to the eastern part of the municipality . They were introduced by the Dutchman Paul Kuypers. Mainly because of the greenhouse production the inhabitants of Ierapetra used to be on average among the richest on Crete