Sandy beaches, golden sunshine, warm sea breeze, and turquoise waters — Ierapetra flaunts all of these and more.
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In the past, this Cretan city held a critical geopolitical position — protecting the island from the invaders coming from the Libyan sea. Today Ierapetra is the largest tourist city in southern Crete — lively and vibrant, it is a favourite pick of like-minded guests. 93 kilometres (around 80-minute transfer ride) away from Heraklion, and 240 kilometres (a bit over 3 hour-ride) away from Chania Airport, the city is easily accessible by Ierapetra airport transfers service.
Be warned - Heraklion and Chania are main landing points on Crete. Most tourists arrive on the island by landing at one of these two airports. So, getting a ride can be a challenge, especially during the peak tourist season (April to October). If your final destination is over an hour away, chances are taxi drivers at the airports will flat out refuse to take you. But, no need to worry. We at Best Transfers Crete do the Ieraoetra airport transfers right.
|Heraklion Airport (HER)||€100||80 min||93.3 km|
|Chania Airport (CHQ)||€320||205 min||241 km|
|Heraklion Port||€100||89 min||96.7 km|
|Heraklion Town||€100||89 min||97.3 km|
If you choose Ierapetra as your base while on Crete, why not book a cozy, reliable transfer with skillful local drivers who will share insider's tips?
Ierapetra has much to offer to its guests — that’s why most keep coming back. Be warned — it’s the city with the highest temperatures on Crete. No wonder, cause it’s the southernmost city in the entire Europe and faces the African coast.
The well-preserved stone fortress is a symbol of Ierapetra and a testimony to the old days. Built in the 13th century by Venetians, destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century, raided and occupied by Turks -- it has a long history. Throughout these long periods, the fortress stood proud, as if watching the city.
Take a short (one hour long) ride from Ierapetra, and you’ll find yourself on the Golden Island. The surrounding waters are shallow, and the island is rich with sandy beaches and unique flora. Take a walk around the island. Marvel at the beauty and variety in colours of the rocks that can be found scattered everywhere. The island features a gorgeous Cedar forest that spreads 35 hectares, the average age being 300 years old. The plant life is diverse, with many rare and endemic plants joined in a complex island ecosystem. The beaches are the main reason for visiting the island for many — golden sand and crystal-clear, shallow waters have been likened to the Caribbean.
It’s simply a house where the world's most excellent military strategist allegedly spent a night in the summer of 1798 during one of his campaigns.
The legend said that Napoleon spent one night on Crete incognito. The family that hosted him suspected nothing — until they found a note in which he revealed his identity.
Golden, sandy, never-ending beaches are what you are in Ierapetra for? Excellent choice! The number of beaches awarded with the BLUE FLAGS indicates the high standard of the local beaches and cleanliness of the water. We suggest visiting West Beach (Apovathra) with tamarisk trees, East Beach (Agios Andreas) for scuba diving, the stunning Beach of Chrissi Island, and Koutsounari (Long Beach) with small pebbles extremely comfortable to walk on. Snorkelling, diving, and boat excursions are available on most beaches, so ask around and go on to make memories that will last a lifetime.