|The area the land
property is situated is at a distance of 64km from Agios Nikolaos at the
North-East, 29km east of Ierapetra and 6km east of the tourist resort
it is situated on a remote and tranquil beach, a proper small paradise,
ideal for a relaxed swim in the crystal clear waters.
This development land is suitable for tourist installations, due to the fact that the wider area of Makrigialos in south east Crete is already popular with those seeking a perfectly relaxing holiday.
With the airport of Sitia (at a distance of 40km) open
for charter flights during the summer season and a golf course planned, the area is about to attract more attention as a privileged exclusive holiday spot in Crete.
The area is
blessed with a very mild climate and temperatures rarely dropping below 12
degrees centigrade in the winter, while the rain fall is extremely low. The
average number of sunshine days exceeds 340 a year. The mild climate,
favourable to agriculture is the important reason for the development of many
green houses to the west of the town, producing off season vegetables for
export in the main European markets.
main economic activities are agriculture in the winter and tourism in the summer.
The agricultural production can be divided into two main parts. Whereas olive
oil has been produced all over the municipality at least since Minoan times,
for the last thirty years large quantities of fruit and vegetables have also
has had a place in the history of Crete since the Minoan period. The Greek and
later Roman town of Hierapytna was on the same sight as present day Ierapetra.
In the Classical Age Ierapytna became the strongest town of eastern Crete.
the 3rd century BC, Hierapytna was infamous for its tendency to piracy. Its
importance ended when it was destroyed by the Romans in 67 BC. It was soon
rebuilt, but was soon surpassed by the city of Gortys.
of the Roman harbor can still be seen in the shallow bay. In AD 824 it was
destroyed by Arab invaders, only to be rebuilt as a base for pirates (again!).
In the Venetian Age, from the 13th to the 17th centuries, Ierapetra - now known
by its present name - became prosperous again.
fortress of Kales, built in 1626 to protect the harbor, is a remnant of this
period, although local myth says it was built by the Genoese pirate Pescatore
in 1212. In July 1798 Ierapetra made a small step into world history: Napoleon
stayed with a local family during his voyage to Egypt. The house where he
stayed can still be seen. In the Ottoman period a mosque was built in the town.
Ierapetra's past can be found in the local Museum of Antiquities, formerly a school
for Turkish children. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a well preserved
statue of Persephone.