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Renowned for being the most southerly town in Europe, quaint and romantic Ierapetra, on the southern shore of Crete, is a must if you're looking for a laidback break with loved ones in a Greece retreat. Its splendid beaches and chilled-out lifestyle are a major draw for holidaymakers who wish to simply lie back and enjoy their time away from the hubbub of daily life. Unwind on the beaches and enjoy what this traditional town has to offer to those who take the chance to explore it.
Get away from it all with a stay in Ierapetra. While it would be ideal for a romantic break, it's also popular with groups of friends who wish to enjoy great food, wine and company - without worrying about spending their time in a resort that is a little too loud for their liking. There's also a choice of three beaches in the area, as well as countless other bays and secluded coves if you wish to get your explorer hat on.
Ierapetra has managed to escape mass tourism, so it's no wonder holidaymakers fall in love with it on first sight and can't wait to return. Book your package holiday to Ierapetra while it still remains a hidden gem!
The Palace of Knossos
Accessible from Ierapetra, the Palace of Knossos is an absolute must-see for anyone with an interest in the island's past. It's proof of the thriving Minoan civilisation that was once so rife, and would be a perfect day out for any history and culture buffs in your party. Whether you choose to use the services of a qualified guide or you'd prefer to explore of your own accord is completely your call.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Head to the phenomenal archaeological museum in the buzzing city of Heraklion and enjoy a few hours checking out the wide variety of exhibitions and artefacts that are exhibited there. It's considered to be the best museum in the world for Minoan Art, owing largely to the Minoan history that Crete is steeped in.
Daily cruises operate to this nearby, stunningly beautiful island. Situated about nine miles south of Crete, this uninhabited paradise is protected as an area of intense natural beauty. Choose from exploring the sights and relaxing on the stunning beaches; snorkelling and diving are also incredibly popular from its shores.
It used to be the site of one of the last leper colonies in Europe but nowadays it's a labyrinth of cobbled streets that are heaving with historical beauty. It's considered to be one of Crete's top attractions, not just because of the history of the island but also because of the impressive Venetian fortress that overlooks the lanes, and the picturesque pebble beaches where holidaymakers can happily sit and watch the world go by.
Picnic on a Secluded Beach
Take yourself away from civilisation for the afternoon and find yourself a secluded beach that you can call your own for a few hours. Take a picnic and enjoy some quality time on the golden sands, or grab your snorkel and enjoy the waters.
Watersports on the Beach
From sailing your own boat to parasailing, jet skis and waterskiing, there's bound to be an activity on or in the water to keep active types satisfied. Indulge in some exhilarating watersports as part of your Ierapetra holiday for a memorable trip full of fun.
If you're looking for a piece of Crete that has been virtually untouched by the touristy masses, Ierapetra is the place for you. Set on the southern coast of Crete, you'd be within easy reach of all the main sights, while the beaches will ensure you're just a few steps away from lazy days on the sand.
Holidays in Aghios Nikolaos are incredibly popular for many reasons. Set on the shores of a glorious lake, with beaches within easy reach, it offers a great mix of rustic lifestyle and lively vibes, perfect for a relaxing and enjoyable Cretan break.
Take a look at the great value Ierapetra holidays that are available from Direct Holidays and start planning your summer jaunt to this fabulous spot on the Greek Island of Crete... shhh though, it's a secret!