Welcome to Gaidouronisi
Just off the coast of Ierapetra, you will find tranquillity at Gaïdouronisi – marketed in Ierapetra as Hrysi or Hrissi (Golden Island) – where there are good sandy beaches, a taverna, and a stand of Lebanon cedars, the only one in Europe. It can get very crowded when the tour boats are in, but you can generally still find a quiet spot.
From roughly mid-May to September, excursion boats for Gaïdouronisi leave from Ierapetra’s quay every morning and return in the afternoon. Most travel agents around the quay sell tickets (€25).