When you are choosing the destination for your next holiday, consider Ierapetra. In addition to fabulous weather, fun activities and interesting attractions, you will be surrounded by friendly people and gorgeous beaches and scenery. A well-appointed holiday rental home in Ierapetra will put you close to many of the most popular activities and attractions – some will put you just steps from the beach - and will quickly feel like your home away home.
There are many outdoor activities that are popular in and near Ierapetra. The beaches offer the opportunity for swimming, boating, diving and fishing. Hiking and cycling are also popular. Be sure to take the time to learn about and sample some of the local cuisine such as lamb prepared in a clay pot and served with a yogurt sauce.
Ancient building and a variety of museums make Ierapetra a wonderful choice for anyone who enjoys history or architecture. In addition to the many outdoor activities, you can spend the day strolling through museums and visiting historic structures. The Archaeological Museum is smaller than other similar museums, but they still house some very impressive locally discovered artefacts. One of the most important is a statue of the goddess Persephone which dates to the 2nd century. There is also a medieval fortress. While the fortress was updated in the 1600’s, many of the original features can still be seen. One of the most popular attractions is called Napoleon’s House. While Napoleon did not own the house, he did spend the night there once in 1798.
If a warm weather retreat is one thing that you want in a holiday destination, then Ierapetra is a good choice. Even the winters are mild and the summers are very warm and pleasant. During the winter months, the average low temperatures are between 6° and 8° C and the highs are between 14° and 19° C. During the spring, it warms up with average low temperatures of between 8° and 10° C and highs of between 16° and 19° C. The summer brings average lows of between 17° and 19° C and highs of 28° to 32°. There is some rain each month. The most rain falls during the winter months and the least during the summer.
The closest airport to Ierapetra is Sitia Public Airport (JSH), which is about 40 km away. Another option is Heraklion International Airport (HER), located 63 km from Ierapetra. It is recommended that you have a car for use during your stay.