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Chrissi Island, Ierapetra

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A number of tour companies offer excursions to the uninhabited and picturesque Chrissi Island. Once your boat arrives, you can get orientated by heading to the highest point of the island, Kefala. Sitting 31 m (101 ft) above sea level, this spot provides excellent views of the island. If you're interested in architecture and history, head to the western side to see the Saint Nicholas Chapel, estimated to date back to the 13th century. If you'd like to relax, visit the island's beautiful beaches. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent. Don't forget your snorkeling gear as the shallow waters are rich with unusual shells. To visit Chrissi Island and other attractions in Ierapetra, use our Ierapetra vacation trip planner.
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  • Trip sold by all tour operators to €52 per person. The operation is clearly profitable. For tourists a true nightmare. Three hours before arrival: two hours by bus and an hour by boat. Distributed onboard lunch box: 3 different choices (also infamous than the other). Everyone rushes, the latter can take what's left. On arrival a flood of tourists is dumped on the beaches. The décor is what we expected: turquoise water, like Caribbean. Then hell: we're fighting to find shade under a few stunted trees (impossible to stay on the burning sand in full sun). Then we opened our packed lunches, strictly continental. Then swimming: very dangerous. Entry into the water is done by pebbles (which hurt feet) then Rocky plates covered with algae and full of rough edges where we try to constantly progress unbalance it by the bag and the surf. Very often impossible to go further than the edge of pebbles. Around us the crying of children. All this on a beach without supervision. From elsewhere for a so-called site protected, overflowing garbage, the toilets with urine drums behind. Charming beautiful setting. In short a day to be avoided at all costs. Side swimming, we stay on our hunger. We look forward to the return of the boat.
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  • Do not go to this island and do not trust the sellers their stories about beautiful beach, Greek taverns with greek good and stunning place to stay... The truth is, that the taverns are closed, there´...  more »
  • The beach is nice and clean. You can also enjoy a nice meal. The journey began with the bus from Stalis direction Chrissi Island and then by boat to the island. Then on to the beach to enjoy the a. You can also swim, just take care when you the sea. You have to be the first piece in the sea on a stone surface. This can be for someone who is not running well a challenge. It is definitely a must to do.
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Where to stay in Ierapetra

Access the majestic Libyan Sea by staying at one of the many waterfront hotels in Ierapetra, the largest town in south Crete. Visitors have their pick from a number of larger, family-friendly hotels and rental apartments here. Along with these fine choices, young travelers looking to enjoy the local nightlife can also find more affordable lodgings. To stay at a luxurious villa, spa, or hotel, head east of Ierapetra to Koutsounari's beaches, which are also home to campgrounds with good amenities.
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