Welcome to Around Ierapetra
Much of this coastline has been enveloped by plastic-covered greenhouses and haphazard tourism development, but there are still appealing places. A new stretch of road bypasses Koutsouras, but turn off the main road for Taverna Robinson, housed in an attractively renovated Venetian-style building. The pink interior is hung with an installation of light bulbs while the menu is packed with local cheeses and fresh fish and meat cooked on the grill.
The fine white sandy beach at the eastern end of Makrygialos, 24km from Ierapetra, is one of the best on the southeastern coast. It gets very busy in summer, but the beachside promenade is a cheerful place and there are plenty of cafes and eating places.
Just above Makrygialos on the road to Pefki is Aspros Potamos. Here the 300-year-old stone cottages have been lovingly restored by owner Aleka Halkia as guesthouses. Lit by oil lamps and candles, using only renewable energy, Potamos is fiercely ecofriendly. You’ll find no electrical sockets whatsoever. The stone floors, traditional furnishings and winter fireplaces add to the traditional ambience. It’s the perfect spot for nature buffs and walkers, since you're close to the 2km-long Pefki Gorge here.