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Greek in Ierapetra


This capacious traditional Cretan place has a covered area by the sea flanked by palm trees and an attractive restaurant. Expect tasty dolmadhes, snails, spinach pies, calamari and inkfish risotto.
Bar in Ierapetra


Ntoukiani specialises in raki and has a boho feel, with rosé-hued interior spattered with antique Campari posters.
Fortress in Ierapetra

Kales Fortress

South along the waterfront is the medieval fortress, built in the early years of Venetian rule and strengthened by Francesco Morosini in 1626. Climb to the upper walls (watch your footing) for grand views to the eas…
Greek in Ierapetra

I Kalitexnes

A quirky little place tucked in a side street, Kalitexnes has classic dishes prepared using organic ingredients. There are also spicier dishes such as falafel and kebabs introduced by the Egyptian owner.
Museum in Ierapetra

Ierapetra Archaeological Museum

Ierapetra’s small but worthwhile archaeological collection is located in a former school of the Ottoman period. A highlight among a collection of headless classical statuary is an intact statue of the goddess Persep…
Cultural in Ierapetra

Kyrvia Festival

Ierapetra’s annual Kyrvia Festival runs from July to August and features a program of cultural activities including singing and dancing nights by local folk and popular groups, special concerts by famous artists, fi…
Pizza in Ierapetra

Pizzeria Ristorante Siciliana

This peach-interiored pizzeria overlooks the big blue with a choice of classic Greek starters followed by wood-fired pizzas as well as grilled meat dishes, crêpes and local wines.
Bar in Ierapetra


This diminutive jazz cafe is peppered with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles pictures with a soundtrack to match. There’s a library upstairs and live music on Saturday evening. A peaceful spot to grab an iced coffee a…
Club in Ierapetra


Caters to locals with non-stop Greek club music.
Cafe in Ierapetra

Island Cafe

With its mint-blue and white interior, modern tunes and mixed crowd of young students and old boys flicking worry beads, this is a good spot for breakfast, coffee, ice cream and fresh juices.