Updated: Jun 19, 2022
Now one can understand why the Greek name for Makrigialos translates literally as Long Shore. The coastline is filled with many secluded bays and quiet beaches. Makrigialos is an excellent example of the few places in Europe where you can find the combination of high granite mountains close to the sea and withina few kilometres of several wonderful sandy beaches. The region of Makrigialos is an outstanding example of Cretan beauty and hospitality, with all the amenities of modern life, but retaining the traditional feel of Cretan village life providing a very friendly welcome to visitors that is unmatched in Europe.
Makrigialos is ideally located in the South East of Crete to enjoy the benefits of both a relaxing holiday, and as a base for exploring East Crete. It has the best beaches in south-east Crete, including two blue flag beaches, and enjoys the superior North African influenced climate. Road access is good, allowing day trips that range to Vai, which is the largest palm beach forest in Europe in the north-east, the ancient ruins of Kato Zakros on the far east coast, the Venetian fort in Sitia and subsequent leper colony of Spinalonga to the north-west, and the Lasithi plateau to the west.
Find out more at our Makrigialos section.