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The fascinating coastal town of Ierapetra lies along the southeastern coast of Crete, located 35 km from Agios Nikolaos and 60 km from Sitia. It is the southernmost town on the island that faces the African coastline and for this reason, Ierapetra is nicknamed as the "Bride of the Lybian Sea". Due to its geographic position, you can always enjoy a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate in Ierapetra all year round, with summers that are always hot and dry and the winters that are mild and sunny. Of course, accessing this popular destination in southern Crete can be easily done when renting a car in Ierapetra, as it provides you the freedom and luxury to come and go as you please with no restrictions or timetables. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world choose Ierapetra for their holiday destination in Crete, known for its close proximity to pristine beaches, an exotic island, archeological sites, unlimited excursions to seaside and mountainous villages alike and of course its historic old town, harbor and the Venetian fortress that stands as its crowned jewel. Although Ierapetra has seen a drastic increase in tourism it is fully equipped with a variety of facilities and amenities that can accommodate all tastes and likings. Discover this fascinating town with all the natural beauty and historical attractions that surround it with your Ierapetra car rental. Without a doubt, Ierapetra will be a destination in Crete that will fulfill all of your summer holiday expectations as it has done for everyone who visits.
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As with many locations on the island, Ierapetra too has also played a significant role in Cretan history. Throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Ierapetra was known as the ancient city of Hierapytna. It is believed that during the Hellenistic period Hierapytna was one of the most prosperous ancient port cities in southern Crete that imported and exported a variety of goods to the eastern world, minted its own coin and controlled the largest area of land than any other ancient Cretan city. During the Roman Empire, Hierapytna was no longer an independent state, it was conquered, destroyed and later reconstructed as the Romans finally understood the strategic importance of this glorified ancient city. The then ancient Roman city contained an amphitheater, many temples, two theaters, an aqueduct and numerous statutes scattered around the city. Around 824 BC was when widespread destruction took place in all of Crete with the Arab pirate raids. Finally, under the Venetian Rule from the 13th to 17th century, Ierapetra became prosperous again with a fortress built to protect the harbors entrance from future raids and invaders. Later Ierapetra was then ruled by the Ottoman Empire for several centuries before eventually joining modern Greece in the 20th century.
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The town of Ierapetra is separated into two parts Kato Mera and Pano Mera. In Kato Mera is where the peaceful old town is found that almost resembles a Cretan village composed of cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, small houses with colorfully decorated doors and buildings with sculpted rot iron balconies. This is also where a variety of small shops, open-air cafes and traditional taverns can be enjoyed. The old town is also home to many attractions including the 14th-century church dedicated to Afentis Christos that is regarded as the oldest church in Ierapetra, the church of Agios Ioannis that was then converted to a mosque to serve the religious purposes of the Ottomans, the house of Napoleon where he stayed with his family after the Battle of the Pyramids in Egypt in 1798 and the Museum of Antiquities that houses an archeological collection of various artifacts unearthed in Ierapetra and the surrounding region. In Pano Mera is the newly built neighborhood of Ierapetra that is mostly residential but that also contains the modern shopping street of Koudouriotou where all the latest fashion items can be found. At the entrance of the old harbor is where the 13th Venetian Fortress Kales stands, that was once used as protection against the enemies of Ierapetra and today hosts cultural events that can be enjoyed by its visitors. Kales Fortress is also the ideal location to enjoy the sun as it sets in the Mediterranean Sea. As the harbor ends the beautiful long sandy beach of Ierapetra Bay begins. It is one of the longest beaches in Crete that offers endless options of soft golden sand and deep blue crystalline sea waters. Ierapetra is also famed for the cleanliness of its beaches as it was awarded a Gold Medal from the Quality Coast Association. There are also many watersport activities offered at the beach as well as comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas that protect you from the rays of the hot sun as you enjoy your day at the beach. In the background, seaside restaurants and beach bar cafes line the beautiful promenade. Back at the harbor, daily boat excursions are made to the spectacular Chryssi Island located 12 km off the coast of Ierapetra. Chryssi is an island of immense natural beauty composed of flat colorful volcanic rocks, sand dunes, a forest of rare cedar trees and beaches covered in powdery pink sand with millions of scattered seashells as the shallow turquoise sea waters brush the shore. At the western tip of the island remains of a past settlement and a few Minoan ruins can be found along with a 13th-century chapel dedicated to Agios Nikolaos. Findings prove that the island was once inhabited right through to the Byzantine Era, after that for unknown reasons it was abandoned. Today Chryssi Island is still uninhabited and highly protected to preserve its beauty and uniqueness. Visitors are not allowed to roam freely on the island except for the designated areas. In close proximity to Ierapetra you can also visit the archeological sites of Gournia and Phournos, the Roman Fish Tanks in Koutsonari, the remains of Roman Baths in Agios Antonios, the Gorge of Ha and the Milonas Gorge featuring a beautiful waterfall, the Minoan settlement in Pyrgos and of course the charming village of Myrtos along with its beautiful beach. Discover all that and so much more as you explore this fascinating town and its surroundings in the comfort of your Ierapetra rent a car in Crete.