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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.

Despina Beach Front Studios & Apartments 1040K112K0094000

Situated directly on the long sandy beach of Makrigialos on the south east coast, this small group of studios and apartments are located in two separate buildings. The two sea front studios are located right on the beach, as are the two sea front apartments and they enjoy one of the best sea front locations in Crete. The other four units do not have direct sea views but are still an excellent choice, being within a few steps of the beach. This simple beach front property enjoys an excellent reputation for traditional Cretan hospitality and is small, friendly and family operated. You may even be invited to share some of Maria's excellent rabbit in red wine casseroles during your stay.

Accommodation Details

The studios and apartments all have basic cooking facilities, a fridge, double bed and all the utensils, glasses and cups you could need for a self catering holiday. Free beach sun beds are also included in the price and they are particularly suitable for couples. Because of its popularity and returning customers from previous years, availability is extremely limited for this property. We strongly advise, therefore, that you reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Studio for 1 - 2 people
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Apartment for 1 - 2 people
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