Chrysi (island)

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Chrissi
Χρυσή
Isola di Chrissi - Grecia.jpg
A view of Crete from the island of Chrissi.
Chrysi (island) is located in Greece
Chrysi (island)
Geography
Coordinates 34°52′N 25°43′E / 34.87°N 25.71°E / 34.87; 25.71Coordinates: 34°52′N 25°43′E / 34.87°N 25.71°E / 34.87; 25.71
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Highest point 31
Country
Greece
Region Crete
Regional unit Lasithi
Demographics
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 700m east of the island is the island of Mikronisi. Administratively these islands fall within the Ierapetra municipality in Lasithi.

Tourism[edit]

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 31m 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[edit]

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 metres tall. The density is approximately 28 trees per hectare.[1]

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