Ierapetra is the southernmost and most populated city in Lasithi Prefecture. During the last decade, Ierapetra has been one of the most popular touristic destinations in Crete as well as an attraction for many tourists due to its clean and awarded beaches and the intense night life that begins at the taverns and raki-drinking places of the beach to end at the night clubs in the alleys of the city.
On the way to Ierapetra you can find the ancient city Gournia with its small houses while on some slope you can see Faneromeni Monastery. At the valley, the visitors will find the following villages, on their left as well as on their right: Kavousi, Vasiliki, Monastiraki, across from Ha Gorge, Pano & Kato Chorio, Episkopi, Kentri etc. Moreover, some other villages of the province are: Anatoli, Kalamafka, Makrylia, Meseleroi etc. Ierapetra has also got remarkable museums, the Venetian fortress and other sights, and it is also the place where the house at which Napoleon spent the night on his way back from his campaign to Egypt is.
Some of the most important habitats of the eastern Mediterranean are found in Ierapetra, such as Chrysi islet (Gaidouronisi), the forest of Selakano and the mountains of Thrypti. The city of Ierapetra is an important commercial center for the export of the local agricultural products of the area to Europe, since its climate is temperate and its land is fertile making it thus the principal economic resource in Lasithi Prefecture. Specifically, its economy is always based on the production of premature groceries in greenhouses as well as on the tourism that has developed a lot during the last years.