The town of Ierapetra has a history of thirty five centuries being positioned between three continents with the first inhabitants to be ‘Kirvas’. The latter was the reason that ‘Kirva’ the first name of the area arises on that years. During the 6th century A.D. the area was referred to as ‘Ierapitna’ and through the passing of times it became ‘Ierapetra’, as we know it in the present day.
The town was referred as the southernmost gateway of Europe and it flourish through the Minoan, the Ancient Greek, the Roman and the Byzantine Civilization. In addition, ‘Ierapetra’ thrived through the occupation from the Arabs the Venetians and the Turks. There is a ritual which says that General Napoleon moored his ships on the way to Egypt.