Chrysi (Chrissi) Island or Gaidouronisi meaning donkey island lies 8-9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra town. The residents of Ierapetra simply call it the island.
Chrysi Island is almost flat and from a distance, it seems like a thin line of land in the middle of the sea. Its greatest length is 5km, it has an average width of 1km The highest spot is to the east on “Kefala” hill (the head) and is 31m high.
There is a nudist beach on the north coast of the island. On the western part of the island is the chapel of Saint Nicholas (estimated date to the 13th century). There is also a salt pan, an old port, some Minoan ruins, a lighthouse, and a Roman cemetery. Due to the shallow waters around Chrissi, snorkeling and diving is a popular pastime.
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To get to Chrissi Island
Chrysi island from Ierapetra town between the middle of May and late October. Excursion boats from Ierapetra leave the quay every morning and return in the afternoon.
The town of Ierapetra (Gerapetro) is located on the southeast coast of Crete, along the beach of Ierapetra Bay.
South of Agios Nikolaos and southwest of Sitia and is an important regional center. Around 16,100 people live here and it is the most populous town in the regional unit of Lasithi, and the fourth town of Crete.
Ierapetra is nicknamed “bride of the Libyan Sea” because of its position as the only town on the south coast of Crete. Ierapetra’s main shopping street is Koundouriotou. In the center, the town hall, the museum, and cinemas can be found.
To the west is the southern headland with the fortress, a port for fishing boats and ´Navmachia´ area, where sea fights among slaves for local citizens´ entertainment were taking place during the Roman period.
Further east is a short beach with bars and restaurants, followed by the quay for ferries to Chrissi and beyond lies the main boulevard with hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. At its end, a new promenade leads alongside Ierapetra Bay’s long beach.
Chrissi island and Gavdos are the southernmost Greek islands. Special thanks to Ierapetra diving center.