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Chrissi Island Cruise

Chrysi, Ierapetra (0)
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Description

Boats depart from the port of Ierapetra.

Our boats depart for the island of Chryssi from the port of Ierapetra. Ierapetra is the southernmost town of Europe, one of the most popular destinations in Crete, and the fourth biggest town of the island. The island of Chryssi (or Gaidouronisi) is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. On the western and eastern parts of the island, some activity from the Minoan era is visible. On the northwestern side there is a little church dedicated to St Nicholas, which was probably built in the 13th century. To the northeast of the church is an old saltern and the only house on the island, which is built over ancient ruins. To the northern and northwestern side of St Nicholas, there are wells and curved tombs. The largest one is from the Roman period.

A. FLORA

The flora is very diverse for the size of the island. The prevailing plants are cedar, juniper, mastic tree, either in the form of shrubs or a trees, as well as ammophilous vegetation. The roots of the cedar are at least double in size of their height. Apart from the long roots, they also have a lot of very thin ones which form a dense net holding the sand. Chrysi has a fantastic cedar forest which is unique in Europe. It is 350 hectares in size and has approximately 14 trees per hectare. The average age of the trees is 200-300 years and the forest covers about a quarter of the island. These trees are a rare variety of Lebanese cedar. They grow up to 10 metres high and the diameter of their trunk is up to 1 metre. Compared to its size, Chrysi has a very large number of plant species which correspond to one twentieth of the Cretan flora. There are more than 100 recorded species. 13 are endemic to Greece, five of them are endemic to Crete and one is endemic to Chrysi, which means that it cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It is a type of colchicum called Colchicum Costurieri.

B. FAUNA

In the waters around Chrysi, the variety and populations of marine species keep growing because the waters are very shallow. Most animal species on the island are spread across the Mediterranean and none of them is dangerous to humans. The loggerhead sea turtle Caretta-Caretta has been seen many times on the island, but no egg-laying has been reported there. Finally, there are more than 120 recorded bird species, most of them migratory, which stop on the island to rest before they continue their journey. Chrysi has beautiful beaches with emerald waters, shallow bays and sandy beaches with countless shells, rich flora and fauna, fine golden sand and beautiful colours reflected in the sea. Thanks to this beautiful and preserved ecosystem, Chrysi has been included in the European network of protected areas (NATURA 2000).

C. ROCKS & FOSSILS

The main rocks of Chrysi were created when an underwater volcano erupted millions of years ago and its lava solidified. If you take a walk on the island, you will be impressed by the colours of the stones that are mainly grayish-green, auburn and black. However, the largest part of the island is covered by fine golden sand. The 49 types of fossils (corals, sea shells, barnacles, urchins) that have been found on the island are of marine origin. They were imprinted on the volcanic stones 350,000-70,000 years ago, when Chrysi was still submerged under the sea. The northern side is full of shells (Belegrina, Chatzivolakas, Kataprosopo), but on the eastern side of the northern beach in particular there are so many of them that they constitute one of the island’s main characteristics.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Passengers from 3 to 12 years old pay €12.
  • Passengers under 2 years old travel for free.
  • The ticket price does not include onboard dining. Should you decide to dine onboard, it will cost you approximately 7€.
  • The self-service bar is open throughout the cruise, offering a wide selection of salads, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, pizzas, beers, wine, ice cream, coffee, etc.
  • You may rent a beach umbrella from the bar, at a daily fee of 4€.
  • You may use your credit card for purchases onboard the ship.
  • A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are essential under high temperatures, especially during the summer months.
  • There is a free parking area at the port of Ierapetra.
  • The Municipality of Ierapetra requires you to pay 1 additional euro for every ticket at the entrance of our ship, as an administrative fee for passengers over 4 years old visiting the island of Chrissi.

Schedule

1st departure
(1/5 - 31/10)
Monday 10:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 16:00
Thursday 10:30 - 16:00
Friday 10:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Sunday 10:30 - 16:00
2nd departure
(1/5 - 31/10)
Monday 11:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Friday 11:00 - 16:30
Saturday 11:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30
3rd departure
(1/5 - 31/10)
Monday 12.30 - 17:30
Tuesday 12.30 - 17:30
Wednesday 12.30 - 17:30
Thursday 12.30 - 17:30
Friday 12.30 - 17:30
Saturday 12.30 - 17:30
Sunday 12.30 - 17:30

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