Ierapetra is the southernmost town in Europe and surrounded by beautiful, endless beaches. In ancient times Ierapetra was already a trading town exchanging with North Africa.
The landmark of Ierapetra is the Venetian Castle from the 17th century, located on the West side of the harbour. Ierapetra has a promenade rare for Crete (approximately 800 metres long) with many taverns and cafes. From here boats depart for a day trip to the island “Chrissi Island”. Also a highlight of Ierapetra is the archaeological museum.
Although the Museum is limited to only 3 rooms, you will find a few very interesting exhibits inhere.If you find yourself in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to check out the street market close to the bus station. Be sure to go early as the market is only open from 7am to 13.30 pm. The local farmers, shepherds and fishermen sell their own goods and products in low prices.
You can find any kind of fresh vegetable (cucumbers, tomatoes, pepers), fruits (oranges, melons, bananas, grapes), many types of cheese (graviera,feta), and different types of honey, olives, nuts and Cretan sausages (Lasithiotika). You can also find a large variety of clothes, tools and flowers.