Myrtos(updated August 5, 2007)
Myrtos is a village on the southern coast of Crete at about 17 kilometers west of Ierapetra. The village has 650 inhabitants.
The place has an authentic character. Most of the houses in the village are typical white colored. There are few tourists and the locals are very friendly to tourists. Many residents do earn their money on tourism, but do other work in the off season. In the summer months you can find more than enough restaurants and hotels in the little village.
The village has a beautiful beach where you can rent sun beds and other beach equipment during summer. Along the promenade you will find some very nice restaurants and terraces, which stay full of residents and tourist till late in the night. There are also a number of stores where about everything is sold. There are a number of tourist shops where excursions can be booked and there is an Internet cafe. There is no post office or bank. From Myrtos you can make boat trips to the golden island Chrissi. The boat trip takes about 50 minutes. Individuals also offer itineraries to the island. This is often more expensive, but it's often a lot faster.
The remembrance monument in the center of the village is there in memory of 18 men who have fallen in the Second World War. The Germans ordered the people of Myrtos to leave the town. 18 men refused, after which they were executed.
Myrtos is reachable by bus from Ierapetra. The bus runs six times a day. Ierapetra is reachable from Agios Nikolaos. With a rental Myrtos can be reached easily. From the east end of the main road on the island in Agios Nikolaos you continue in the direction of Sitia. Immediately after Palia Amos you turn right at the junction to Ierapetra, which lies at the end of the road. In Ierapetra you follow the road in westerly direction. After a small 17 kilometers you arrive in Myrtos.