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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.

White River Cottages MH.T.E 1040K07OA0088000

The White River Cottages is a small, unique complex of 13 restored rural houses situated in the hidden valley of Aspros Potamos, a tranquil haven that just oozes rustic charm, 1 km from the Beach of Makrigialos, in Southeast Crete. The Cottages take their name from the beautiful, unspoiled valley of Aspros Potamos ( White River ),which is lush and green , with fields full of wild flowers and dotted with olive trees, and which cuts through the rugged hills of South-East Crete to the Sea.

The cottages are well equipped for self catering and have been lovingly restored to retain many of the original features such as wooden beamed ceilings, white washed walls and stone floors and the simple beauty of their former lives as a group of simple dwellings and part of a small traditional hamlet. The cottages are constructed around a shared swimming pool.

The charming coastal village of Makrigialos is just 1.5 Km away. It has a good choice tavernas and shops and an excellent long, sandy Beach with clear, shallow water. There are some superb, secluded beaches to be discovered by car or bike in the immediate area and beautifully unspoilt walking trails and gorges to walk for those who enjoy nature.

Accommodation Details

Each cottage is equipped with Fully equipped Kitchen. Direct Dial Telephone. Hairdryer. Iron & Iron Board. Safe Deposit Box. All cottages have WiFi Internet access and air conditioning units.

Studio for 1 - 2 people
with Living room, Bedroom with Double Bed, Kitchenette, Shower / WC and Terrace
Studio
£550
Small Apartment for 2 - 3 people
with one Bedroom with Double Bed, a Living Room with Single Bed, Kitchenette, Shower / WC and Terrace
Small Apartment
£785
Large Apartment for 2 - 4 people
with one Bedroom with Double Bed, a Living Room with two Single Beds, Kitchenette, Shower / WC and Terraces
Large Apartment
£1,060
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