The Area of Ierapetra

Quaint and Traditional Ierapetra

On the southeastern coast of Crete Island, in the region of Lasithion, Ierapetra is the fourth largest city on the island and a hub of history and culture. First inhabited more than 4000 years ago, Ierapetra is a popular destination, offering an abundance of shopping, dining and sightseeing options. Boasting some of the most magnificent beaches on the entire island, a bountiful surrounding nature with landscapes interchanging from mountain to sea, ancient and medieval treasures, at Ierapetra you will be spoiled for choice in things to do. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see attractions and the spots to look for when visiting Ierapetra.



Spanning more than 50 kilometers of rich sanded beaches next to deep blue seawaters, the beaches of the Ierapetra region beckon you to enjoy the beauty of the Greek summer. Sunkissed and unspoiled, well-organized with watersport facilities and waterfront taverns, as well as revealing countless secluded corners of immense natural beauty, one after the other the beaches of Ierapetra invite you to refresh, relax and revel in seafront indulgence.

The most famous shores of Ierapetra are Koutsounari, Galini, Myrtos, Tholos and Makris Gialos, whereas the neighboring, exotic islet of Chrysi is a hidden gem of idyllic beauty not-to-be-missed. A bit further down the way, the world-renowned palm beach of Vai is a monument of natural beauty, definitely worth a spot in your summer itinerary.



Exploring the city of Ierapetra is by itself an immersive experience, but there are some sights you simply must seek. To begin with, the medieval fortress of Kale that dominates Ierapetra harbor with its imposing magnificence and rich history embedded on its sturdy walls. Throughout the summer many cultural events are hosted on its premises, so keep an eye out for any happenings during your visit.

Colorful neighborhoods with splendid shopping opportunities, museums and galleries, a stunning promenade and countless hidden corners of traditional charm comprise Ierapetra, but there is so much more to discover beyond the city’s limits. Ask us for insider tips on where to go and what to do and prepare for amazing discoveries in the beauty of Crete Island.



The diverse landscape of the Ierapetra region offers an abundance of thrilling activities revolving around its magnificent nature. Mountain climbing and canyoning are amongst the top choices for nature aficionados, who will admire rare flora and fauna while trekking the breathtaking gorges and mountaintops of the area. Just a few minutes away from Coriva Beach Hotel & Bungalows, the dreamy waterfall of Milonas is a beloved destination for hikers, whereas one of our top suggestions is a day cruise to the exotic islet of Chrisi, a breath-taking Natura 2000 protected island with golden sandy beaches and a serene cedar forest bound to charm your heart.