Chrissi island is a subtropical little paradise with golden beaches and turquoise waters just nine miles off the coast of south Crete.
Boats leave daily during summer months (May – October) from Ierapetra between 10:00am and 12:30pm returning up and until 18:00.
There are several boat options to choose from. Picturesque fishing style boats, luxury private yachts and larger “liner” style boats. Some will get you there in 2 minutes while others need an hour to arrive. Whatever your boat choice the destination is exciting.
Food and drink
Currently there are no facilities for food or drink on the island so food options are offered by the boats. Some provide a full meal on board including wine and fruit and some offer ready made packed fresh lunch boxes. For more details you should ask the boat you will be traveling with.
Return tickets are sold on any boat from EUR25 per person. Alternatively, make your own group and charter a boat all to yourselves for the day.
Chrissi Island is protected as an “area of intense natural beauty”. The largest naturally formed Juniperus macrocarpa forest in Europe, or more simply “Lebanon cedars“ exist on Chrissi. The majority of the trees have an average age between 200 to 300 years and average height of up to 7 metres (23 feet).
On the western part of the island the tiny church of Saint Nicholas is estimated to date to the 13th century.
Excavations taking place the last few years have revealed remains of a Minoan settlement dedicated to produce porfyra a bright red color dye. Porfyra was made of sea shells found in the sea around Chrissi. The red color was a dominant color on buildings and clothes during Minoan times.
It is now verified that Chrissi has always been inhabited from the Minoan era up until today.