World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Chrysi (island)

Article Id: WHEBN0030199596
Reproduction Date:

Title: Chrysi (island)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Crete, Libyan Sea, Agioi Theodoroi (islands), Aspros Volakas, Diapori
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Chrysi (island)

Native name: Χρυσή
A view of Crete from the island of Chrissi.
Chrysi (island) is located in Greece
Chrysi (island)
Chrysi (island) (Greece)
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Highest point 31
Region Crete
Regional unit Lasithi
Population 0 (as of 2001)
Golden coast

Chrissi (Greek: Χρυσή, "golden", also Γαϊδουρονήσι - Gaidouronisi "donkey island") is an uninhabited Greek island approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) south of Crete close to Ierapetra in the Libyan Sea. Approximately 700 m east of the island is the island of Mikronisi. Administratively these islands fall within the Ierapetra municipality in Lasithi.


Chrysi beach.

It is possible to visit Chrissi by sea from Ierapetra and from Myrtos. There is a nudist beach on the north coast of the island. The highest point on the island is called Kefala ("head") and it is 31 m above sea-level. On the western part of the island is the chapel of Saint Nicholas (estimated to date to the 13th century). There are also a salt pan, an old port, some Minoan ruins, a lighthouse and a Roman cemetery. Due to the shallow waters around Chrissi, snorkelling and diving is a popular pastime. The Belegrina, Hatzivolakas, and Kataprosopo bays have a wide diversity of shells.

It is possible to reach the island from Ierapetra between middle of May and late October.

Environmental protection

Backflip at a beach located in the west side of the island

Chrissi is protected as an "area of intense natural beauty". The island hosts the largest naturally formed Juniperus macrocarpa forest in Europe. There is no fresh drinking water on the island. The majority of trees have an average age of 200 years and average height of up to 7 metres, some of the trees are up to 300 years old and 10 m tall. The density is approximately 28 trees per hectare.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Natura 2000 site GR 4320003 (Greek)

External links

  • Chrissi Island (English, 52 Translation Option)
  • Ierapetra Community, Island Chrysi (Greek)
  • Chrissi Island (English)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.