Makrigialos Lassithi

  • View of the Aegean Sea from Marigialos, Lassithi, Eastern Crete
  • Makrigialos beach in Lassithi, Eastern Crete

The quiet traditional resort of Makrigialos is in the far east corner of the island and has now been forsaken by some tour companies, perhaps because of the two hour transfer time from Heraklion airport. The name Makri Gialos means "long sandy beach" It can be approached from the north, via Siteia or the west via Ierapetra, and is still a haven for those seeking a quieter more relaxed holiday.

With a backdrop of high mountains and excellent walking trails in the gorges of the area, Makrigialos is an excellent choice for walkers, nature lovers and artists. Traditional villages and ways of life can still be seen, despite the ubiquitous tourist and souvenir shops that always spring up in any resort. There are still only very few in the area. The harbour area is picturesque and surrounded by cottages, some of which are available for rental and the nearby island of Koufonisi can be visited by arrangement with local boatmen. The island was one of the sources of the pink conch shells used to dye the purple robes of the Roman Emperors.

Makrigialos has a population of around 1000 people and consists of two settlements Makrigialos and Analipsi. The surrounding mountain villages are seeped in history, with narrow winding street, traditional architecture and a colourful array of geraniums, bougainvillea and vines. With monasteries, long sandy beaches and mountain villages within easy access, the area is a place for exploration, reflection and tranquility.

The Warehouses (Apoteekes) CAR01

Situated directly on a quiet sandy beach, this seaside carob warehouse has been transformed into four modern and comfortable one bedroom beach houses. Each house has a patio with out door furniture, and offers an amazing place for al fresco dining, whilst the clear blue Libyan sea laps gently on the shore.

The surrounding area is perfect for walking, mountain biking, swimming and snorkeling , or just for relaxing on the beach. The sun rises in this area are quite spectacular.

Carob Beach houses are situated between Koutsounari and Makrigialos and offer the perfect base for beach lovers wanting to explore the beautiful South East coast of Crete. Car hire is strongly advised for this accommodation.

Accommodation Details

All of the houses are decorated to a high standard and fully equipped for self catering. The houses have air conditioning and direct access to the sandy beach . Each house can sleep up to 4 guests, with a double bed in the bedroom and two sofa beds in the living area.

House for 2 - 4 people

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