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1. Goudouras December 20, 2010 12:52

Goudouras is a coastal village located 37km east of Ierapetra and 73km southeast of Agios Nikolaos, in a large valley surrounded by the rugged mountains and canyons of the area. The village actually consists of two united settlements, Asprolithos and Goudouras. It takes its name from Cape Goudouras, the ancient Cape Erythrae, near the edge of which it is built. The name Goudouras in turn comes from the local plant “agoudouros” (Hypericum triquetrifolium), which abounds in the area and was used as a substrate for drying fruit (eg figs and raisins). The very warm climate of the region is ideal for growing olives and vegetables in greenhouses, which unfortunately, have flooded the valley and have altered the natural beauty of the area.

The village has faced a very mild touristic development, which makes it a very quiet destination even in August. Along the seaside village road stretches a large pebbly beach with clean and cool water, not very well organised, although there are some places with umbrellas and taverns nearby. After swimming you can enjoy the famous local fish.