he Petra Mare hotel is located next to the city of Ierapetra, which is situated on the Southeast coast of Crete, looking at the Libyan Sea and known for its temperate and warm climate.
Ierapetra has a population of about 20,000 and is built on the ruins of the ancient Doric city of Ierapytna. It lies 100km far from Heraklion and 36km from Agios Nikolaos.
Among others, in the city of Ierapetra you will also find a Venetian fortress and a Turkish mosque, remnants of their occupation, that stand as a reminder of the city’s history and changes that have occurred in the area until today. In addition, at about 20km outside Ierapetra lies the excavated town of Gournia, a location of vast archaeological interest.
The beautiful island of Chrissi (or Gaidouronisi), 7miles off the coast of Ierapetra, can be reached by boat tours organized daily, where you may admire the endless shores of the island, with the golden sand and countless seashells, as well as the amazing pine and juniper forest.
Ierapetra is the ideal starting point for daily excursions to the beautiful and picturesque mountain and coastal villages, which are situated among olive, pine and almond trees, fresh running waters and thick vegetation. There, you may try the tasty local delicacies and get acquainted with the area’s famous hospitality.
Ierapetra + Bicycle
Ierapetra is an ideal city for a delightful bicycle ride while, at the same time, you may cycle around most of the sights offered by the city, such as the Mosque, the port Navmachia (sea fight) and the old city.
The city is full of cycle-friendly pedestrian paths and boulevards, while the seaside pedestrian zone stretches over its entire extent, from the hotel to the city port. Due to its ground morphology, the city allows even the most inexperienced riders to enjoy a relaxing ride, since most routes are virtually level and traffic-free. The “Ierapetra Bicycle Friends” Club often organizes cycling tours inside and outside of the city, suitable for any age.
If you do not own a bicycle, you may find all the information you need at the hotel’s Reception desk, on how and where to hire one, for your daily rides.