Chrissi island – tour excursion in Crete

An unforgettable cruise to Chrissi island, one of the southern points in Europe, also known as Donkey Island or Golden Island.

Chrissi island is located nine miles from Ierapetra. It has a unique cedar forest, pure white sand dunes, golden shallow sand beaches and a sea with unbelievable tropical colors.

You will sail to the island, where you stay for about 4,5 hours. Relax on the beach, or take a long walk along on the endless beach and marvel at the millions of colorful small shells. A perfect hidden paradise that will remain in everybody’s memory and an interesting excursion for couples as well as families.

Should take: Comfortable shoes, Hat, Sun protection, Camera, Bathing Suit

Return to hotels: 19:30 – 20:00

Type of excursion: Boat – Beach day – Full Day

A tour for the whole family and for couples who want to relax and enjoy a quiet day on the beach.

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More about the Isla of Chrissi

Chryssi, also called Gaidouronisi, is an islet of the Libyan Sea and is about 15 km (9 miles) south of Ierapetra and 700 meters east of it, is the island of Mikronissi. It is one of the many islands that surround Crete. It has an area of 4,743 sq. Km. and 2 residents. Golden is surrounded by many beaches with golden sand, to which it has its modern name. The island has a large number of shells, mainly on the north side, which is also one of the distinctive features of the island.

For six months a year – from mid-May till late October, there are ferry boats departing from the ports of Ierapetra and Makri Yialos to the island on a daily basis. After about 1 hour of the voyage, the boats approach the southern side of the island, which is usually the quietest place. The visitors’ exit to the island at “Vougiou Mati” where there is a small pier, a reception and a tavern / canteen.

Golden Island is protected by the Natura 2000 program as “intense natural beauty”, as well as a designated wildlife sanctuary. The island hosts the largest naturally-formed forest of Lebanese cedar in Europe. An impressive feature of the island is the cedar forest with the majority of trees that have an average age of 200 years and an average height of 7 meters, some trees are over 300 years old and have 10 meters height.

In Chryssi has also been found fossils on volcanic rocks dating from 350,000 to 70,000 years when the island was still immersed in the water.

About 700 meters east of Chryssi is Mikronisi, a rocky islet covering 11.7 hectares. The waters around the islands are shallow. Located 1 kilometers to the north and 500 meters south the depth does not exceed 10 meters and five meters depth contour surrounding both islands.

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If you want to visit more paradise sandy beaches check our guide with the best beaches in Crete.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdults, Children (4-9,99) years old, Infants (0-3.99) years old


  • Boat ticket
  • BUS transfer from and to your hotel.
  • Professional guide (EN, RU, FR, DE, CZ) *available after request

Not Included:

  • Nature: 1.00€
  • Food: 7.00€
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
August 15, 2017

The beach amazing..
Sand majestic..
Weather hot…
Water was dreamy…
i wana go back!!!

August 8, 2019

Chrissi Island is amazing place for relaxing. Water was clear. I though that we are in dream.

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