Crete – Lassithi – Ierapetra - Agios Ioannis -Koutsounari - Ferma- Agia Fotia - Region’s info
The municipality of Agios Ioannis covers the area east of the municipality of Ierapetra, from the southern slope of the mountain "Thripti" or "Aori" as the locals call it, to the coast and it is the easternmost part of the county of Ierapetra.
Most of the 1,069 permanent residents live in the coastal villages (Koutsounari, Ferma, and Agia Fotia) and occupy with farming and tourism.
The gorge of "Milonas" with small water falls, not easily accessible.
Many chapels of architectural and historical interest.
There are a lot of hotels of all classes, bars, and taverns especially close to the beach of Koutsounari and Ferma. The place attracts a lot of visitors every year due to the clear sea, awarded with the blue flag by the EEC.
The municipality consist in the villages:
Koutsounari, a coastal village of 437 inhabitants, 10.5 km east of Ierapetra, is the seat of the municipality. At Koutsounari there is one of the longest and prettiest beaches of Ierapetra, with all the tourism facilities.
Agios Ioannis, a small traditional village with 38 inhabitants, located on the slope of the hill "Katalimata" 500m a.s.l., 17.7km away from Ierapetra.
Ferma, a village close to Koutsounari with 579 inhabitants. It is also appreciate from many tourists
Agia Fotia a small settlement, located in a picturesque cove, within a few distance from Ferma to the east. It has 15 permanent residents and few small hotels and taverns.
AG. FOTIA, BEACH LOCATED IN IERAPETRA.
The beach AGIA FOTIA is a tiny beach with sand and pebbles , which is at the east limits of the Ierapetra’ s Municipality, about 10km from the town Ierapetra of and near to the national road Ierapetra-Sitia. It is accessed very easily. It is a peaceful, isolated and clean beach, far from the crowded places, an ideal place to enjoy the sea. The beach has the needed equipment for the visitors, like deck chairs, shower, wooden walkways, ramps, access and parking for the unable persons.
There are hotels and rent rooms near the beach, 1 km away from the village of Ferma.
There are not sport facilities near the beach.
There are many exhibitions, conferences, seminars, lectures, photo competition
and other actions that concern the environment.
LONG BEACH LOCATED IN KOUTSOUNARI, IERAPETRA.
Long Beach Koutsounari is 700 meters from the village, 7 km away east from the town of Ierapetra, on the national road Ierapetra - Sitia.
The Beach, well known as "The Big Beach" has dark sand and pebbles. The beach has sea-sports (ski - banana), umbrellas, seats, wooden walkways, and many other facilities.