Napoleon’s House


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 his Egyptian campaign. He apparently left a note revealing his identity. The unidentified two-storey corner building (under renovation at research time) has the number 9 on its door. It's in the old quarter (Kato Mera).

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1. Old Quarter

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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…

3. Kales Fortress

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

4. Mosque & Turkish Fountain


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…

5. Agios Georgios

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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…

6. Ierapetra Town Hall

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

7. Koutsounari Beach

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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…

8. Gournia


The Late Minoan settlement of Gournia lies 19km southeast of Agios Nikolaos. Comprising a small palace and residential areas, it was built between 1600…