Ierapetra, The Southernmost Town of Europe | 02 Mar 2015
Ierapetra which in Greek means ‘Sacred Stone’ is the southernmost town of Europe and the most populous of the Lasithi Prefecture. It constitutes the 4th most populous town of Crete and it is the only one located on the south coast of the island. It was chosen among 500 South European destinations by the QualityCoast International Certification Program of EUCC as one of the 50 most attractive tourist destinations for visitors interested in cultural heritage, environment and sustainability. In 2012 Ierapetra was one of the only three destinations in Greece that won the Gold QualityCoast award, ranking 2nd among the TOP 100 chosen European destinations. Ierapetra average annual temperature is 19.7 °C (67 °F) and alongside Karpathos Island is Greece's warmest city with a mean annual temperature of 20.1 °C (68 °F). It has 3101 hours of sunshine per year and is again Greece's sunniest city.