Growing from the early years
of the ancient Cretan civilization, this
gifted and strategic corner of Europe has
always a strong point of interest and activity.
Ancient Ierapetra will reach her peak during
the 2nd and 1st century BC.
The town rules a very large
area of southeast Crete which includes the
once powerful cities of Pressos, Priansos,
Malla and Oleros which once blocked her
expansion. Ierapetra resisted the Roman
invaders harder than any other Cretan city,
however it was destroyed by the conquerors
in 66 BC.