Mponta beach – a convenient seclusion

Located just below the main road connecting Ierapetra to Makrygialos, Mponta (or Grias Pidima) is a relatively secluded beach, compared to other beaches in the nearby area, at a distance of just 900 meters west of Villa SouthCrete. “Mponta” (GR: μπόντα) is a forgotten word of the Cretan dialect and means small river or stream.

Chrissi Island – a tropical paradise

Chrissi island (GR: Χρυσή meaning «Golden») also known as Gaidouronisi (GR: Γαϊδουρονήσι meaning «donkey island»), lies 8 nautical miles south of the town of Ierapetra in the open Libyan Sea. It is a flat island very famous for its tropical blue water that cover all possible palette hues of blue and green, the protected forest with large cedar trees and the thousands of broken shells that make the sand pinkish.

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