Ierapetra is located 16km away from the villa Artemis. Built over a strategic location of southeast Europe, supported by nature, Ierapetra is growing continuously since the early years of the ancient Cretan civilization and has always been an important commercial and cultural center.
Ierapetra always remained one of the strongest commercial centers
It flourished during the periods of Minoan, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. But even during the years of Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman occupation, Ierapetra always remained one of the strongest commercial centers forming the Southern Gate of Europe.