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Ierapetra or else, "the Nymph of Libyan sea'" as it is used to be called by poets and artists, is the biggest town of Lasithi region, and of the southern Crete (15.323 residents).
The rural life and the long beaches are the two fundamental elements that compose the beauty of that Southern Nymph.
Its history begins since the Minoan period, when was called Kyrva.
Later it changes in Ierapytna as reason of the Dorian's arrival. Ierapytna was the unique Cretan city that appear resistance to the Roman fury and its fall in 67B.C. meant the begin of Roman possession for the entire island.
During the Roman period, the City was upgraded considerably, of public buildings and streets. Its rapid economy growth, in the same period, is owed mainly to excellent commercial relations that it maintained with important cities of Crete and Cycladic but also with Egypt and Asia Minor.
Today Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe, is considered the richer region of Balkans as reason of extensive greenhouse cultures, and also the most beautiful city of southern Crete with its endless and clean beaches.