Ferma is located 10km east of Ierapetra and 45km southeast of Agios Nikolaos. It is a small seaside settlement that is built next to the steep shores, 4km south of the village of Agios Ioannis. The surrounding area is covered with dense pine woods and lush vegetation, being a green oasis inside the dry landscape of Eastern Crete.
Along the coasts of the region there are several bays, the longest of which in the area of Livadi is widely known as Ferma beach (locals call it Xerokamara). Next to it there are the most hotels in the area. It is a beautiful beach with fine pebbles and crystal clear deep waters, surrounded by dense vegetation in a magical landscape of towering rocks and steep cliffs. On the beach, which is not organised, leads a path that starts from the nearby hotels (80-100m long - there are signs on the main road of Ferma settlement).
The next beach after Xerokamara is called Pigadi (i.e. well) and is named after a small well-like building on the beach. There is another small bay just next to it. Pigadi beaches are accessed via a staired path from the main road.The last beach of the area is Giorgakis and is similarly accessed through a steep path with stairs from the main road.
In Ferma the atmosphere is very calm. Here you will see mostly families that enjoy the sun and the sea, having the basic amenities within walking distance. If you stay in Ferma, do not forget to explore the lush nature around. It is worth visiting the village of Saint John, taking a tour through its narrow alleys and churches and see the waterfalls of St. John located in the wooded gorge of Milonas.
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