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Chrissi Island

Chrissi Island north beach, Pelegrina, is the main attraction on the island
Approaching Chrissi Island with its turqoise waters
Sea shells on the beach at Chrissi Island make the white sand on the beach
Cedar tree
Christina at Chrissi Island

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Beautiful golden beaches on the coasts of Chrissi Island, nine miles off Ierapetra on the south east Crete, can be reached daily during summer months by boat.

The trip lasts one hour each way and you can catch a boat at the port of Ierapetra.

There are several options of boats from the picturesque fishing boat style and sophisticated small yachts up to the larger "liner" style boats.

Departures are between 10:00 am and 12:30pm returning up and until 18:00.

You can buy a return ticket on any boat at EUR 25 or make a group and charter a boat for the day.

Set your GPS to take you to 34.871396, 25.721376

Chrissi Island is protected as an "area of intense natural beauty" with the largest naturally formed Juniperus macrocarpa forest in Europe.
The majority of trees have an average age of 200 years and average height of up to 7 metres (23 feet) although some older are up to 300 years old and 10 metres (33 feet) tall.

On the western part of the island church of Saint Nicholas is estimated to date to the 13th century.

Excavations taking place the last few years have revealed the remains of a Minoan settlement which was devoted to produce "porfyra" - the dye with the bright red color - made of sea shells found in the sea around Chrissi.

It is now verified that Chrissi has always been inhabited from the Minoan era up until today.