Chryssi Island

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

A relaxing day on the exotic island of Chryssi to the south of Ierapetra.

A day full of relaxing pictures, swimming in turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and a forest of Juniperus species.

We take the boat from the town of Ierapetra which takes us to the island. Going a bit hiking around the island to get to know its secret corners is strongly advised.

We leave the island in the afternoon and return to Heraklion in the early evening.

Leader: Fanis Mamos  •  Hiking Hours: 2  •  Difficulty Rate: 1

Departure: 08.00 from the Archaeological Museum.

Information – Registration: Monday to Friday, 20.30 – 22.30, at the Mountaineering Club Office, 53 Dikeosynis st, telephone number: 2810227609.

Chrissi island or Gaidouronisi is located 8 miles south of Ierapetra city, in the open South Cretan Sea. It is a flat islet very famous for its tropical blue water that covers 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. 

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.

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 spend their time. However, there are more beaches if someone goes a bit around.



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