Koutsounari Beach


The village of Koutsounari, some 7km east of Ierapetra, boasts one of the longest beaches in Crete (4.5km). It's great for sunbathing in relative solitude in the peak summer months and for extended walks any time. The beach is about 1km south of the village itself and consists of coarse greyish sand.

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Nearby Ierapetra attractions

1. Agia Fotia Beach


A popular place for locals to unwind at summer weekends, this coarse-grey-sand cove lapped by tranquil waters and backed by cliffs and tamarisk trees lies…

2. Ierapetra Town Hall

4.96 MILES

Ierapetra's pretty town hall is in the city centre next to a small park and near the ferries to Chrissi Island.

4. Agios Georgios

5.04 MILES

Built in 1856 atop a much older church possibly dating to the Venetian era, this handsome house of worship is dedicated to St George, the patron saint of…

5. Kales Fortress

5.06 MILES

Overlooking the fishing harbour, the crenellated Venetian fort dates from the 17th century but was built atop an older defensive structure reputedly built…

6. Napoleon’s House

5.08 MILES

This is where Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have stayed incognito with a local family when his ship anchored in Crete for one night in 1798 en route to…

7. Old Quarter

5.09 MILES

Inland from the fortress is the labyrinthine old quarter, where you'll see a Turkish fountain, the restored mosque with its minaret, Napoleon's house and…

8. Mosque & Turkish Fountain

5.17 MILES

Dominating a triangular plaza at the northern edge of the old quarter, this yellow-sandstone mosque was built by the Turks in the late 19th century and…