Islands of Crete

Chrissi

Lassithi

Emerald Eden

Renowned for its azure blue sea water
Chrissi is an almost never-ending paradise.

The best and most convenient way to visit the golden Chrissi Island is to buy a group tour (which is just 26 Euro per person)!
Especially, if your hotel is located in the eastern parts of Crete (Malia, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos). Our bus will take you straight
from your hotel to the port of Ierapertra, and the boat ticket will be just 17€ per person instead of 27€ you would have paid at port.
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Chrissi island or Gaidouronisi is located 8 miles south of Ierapetra city, in the open Libyan Sea. It is a flat islet very famous for its tropical blue water that cover all possible palette hues of blue and green, the protected forest with large juniper trees and the thousands of broken shells that make the sand pinkish. The residents of Ierapetra love this island and call it simply "the Island". It is said that years ago by Gianni Agnelli, the chairman of Ferrari, wanted to buy the island to make it a tourist attraction.

Chrissi takes its name (golden in Greek) after the white sand that covers the entire island and comes mainly from shell debris. The tropical beaches are crowded by many visitors who come by the excursion boats that leave Ierapetra in the morning and return in the afternoon. Chrissi has been declared as an area of natural beauty and it is strictly prohibited to camp and spend your night here. You must keep away from the fragile juniper trees and avoid not collecting sand or shells.

Map of the isle

Chrissi beaches
it is out of question that the most beautiful beach on the island of Chrissi is the north beach of Belerinina or Golden Beach, where the largest percentage of visitors to the island spends its time. However, there are more beautiful beaches that you can explore.
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Chrissi island antiquities - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Chrissi island antiquities

An important settlement of the Minoan and Roman period has been found in the island Chrysea of ancient Greeks, the present island of Chrissi or Gaidouronisi. Buildings and at least three carved tombs have been identified near the church of Agios Nikolaos and the lighthouse on the island. The settlement was probably used for the production of Tyrian purple from the shells of Murex brandaris, exactly like the neighboring isle of Koufonissi.

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Chrissi Lighthouse - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Chrissi Lighthouse

At the west part of Chrissi islet you will meet the small lighthouse, powered by photovoltaic panel. The lighthouse is located close to the small chapel of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) and the dried lake of the island.

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Juniper Wood of Chrissi - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Juniper Wood of Chrissi

The dunes of the central narrowest part of the island of Chryssi, we meet one of the most important juniper wood (sp. Juniperus macrocarpa) in Greece, which has prevailed (erroneously) with the name cedarwood. In other parts of the island, such as west and east, we encounter vegetation with Juniperus phoenicea being the main plant.

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Saltpan of Chrissi - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saltpan of Chrissi

Next to the only house of Chrissi island, at position Spilios, we meet the old saltpan where salt was produced in the past. In winter the spot turns into a small pond with brackish water and it attracts many migratory birds. This is not the only pond on the island, as a smaller one is formed in the location of Kaki Alyki.

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Shell Fossils of Chrissi - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Shell Fossils of Chrissi

Gold can be considered a paradise for geology enthusiasts. One of the most spectacular geological sights of the island can be seen east of Belerinina beach, where you will meet thousands of fossils, mainly bivalves. The fossils form a so-called thanatocoenosis, that is, dead shells that have been gathered there by the streams and have fossilized over time.

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Agios Nikolaos church at Chrissi island - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Agios Nikolaos church at Chrissi island

The church of Agios Nikolaos is located on the northern side of the island Chrissi, at the site where Tyrian purple was produced and graves are located. It dates back to the 13th century, although it has undergone more recent interventions. The temple is built on the site of an ancient building.

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