The artificial Lake Bramiana is located in Bramiana of Ierapetra and was created in 1986, it is one of Crete’s oldest and the waters irrigate 30.000 acres in Ierapetra’s plain.
The water comes from sources in Kefalovrysi Kalamafka, from river Krigios, from Malavras sources and the springs Korakas Meseleroi canyon. Due to its location and the area’s excellent climate it has simultaneously become one of the major southern European Stations for migratory birds while 214 different bird species have been recorded constituting an important ecosystem.
The lake is ideal for hiking and cycling because of the dirt road that follows all around the coastline and it is ideal for bird observation all year round with the top season in the spring and fall.
Ierapetra contains amazing beaches 52 kilometers total length. Hidden small bays alternate with endless beaches throughout the lengths of the north and south of the City Beach.
In 2012 Ierapetra’s beaches were awarded by the Agency of Coasts and Coastal Beaches of the European Union with the gold medal quality coast. Ierapetra won the top award as an attractive natural destination, landscape, local identity and preservation of local heritage.
The most famous beaches are: Beaches in the city. Along the city’s coastline sandy beaches with clear water are extending. The most crowded one is the beach next to the historic castle.