Ierapetra is located 35km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and is the southernmost city of Greece. It is built on one of the warmest areas of Crete, which makes it very popular for holidays, even until the end of autumn. The wider area of Ierapetra is famous for its beaches, stretching along a vast beachfront. Almost all of them are covered by the characteristic fine black pebbles, which do not stick in the leg, and the sea is usually flat.
Adjacent to the town there are three main beaches where you can swim. Starting from the west, the first beach is Limanakia. It is located west of the city, next to the old mosque. The beach has coarse sand, rocky seabed in places, shallow waters and is usually quiet. Of course, here you will find anything you desire, since the city is nearby. Moreover, there is a channel in the middle of the beach, that stops in a small artificial salt lake.
After walking a few meters to the east, you will find the Fort of Kales, protecting the harbor of Ierapetra. Just next to it, there is the Beach of Apovathra, a sandy beach with shallow waters. It is very well organized and has many facilities for water sports and scuba diving. This it the most organized beach of the town.