Makrigialos: Crete’s Hidden Gem

Nestled on the southeastern coast of Crete, the charming village of Makrigialos is a haven for travelers seeking a blend of relaxation, adventure, and authentic Cretan culture. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and welcoming atmosphere, Makrigialos is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the island.


Serene Beaches

Makrigialos boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. The main beach, with its fine golden sand and shallow waters, is perfect for families and those looking to unwind under the Mediterranean sun. For a more secluded experience, head to Kalamokanias Beach or to Diaskari Beach , where you can enjoy the serene surroundings and stunning coastal views.

Rich History

Steeped in history, Makrigialos offers a glimpse into Crete’s rich past. The village itself is dotted with archaeological sites, including the Minoan villa at Plakakia, which dates back to the Bronze Age. Take a stroll through the village and you’ll find charming old churches and traditional Cretan architecture that tell the story of this enchanting place.

Adventure Awaits

For those seeking adventure, Makrigialos is a gateway to outdoor activities. The surrounding area offers excellent hiking trails, including the Pefki Gorge, where you can explore the natural beauty of Crete. Watersports enthusiasts will also find plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking in the clear waters of the Libyan Sea.

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A Local Advises:

The shallow waters of the sandy central beach make Makrigialos an ideal choice for families with small children.

In August, be prepared for extremely hot temperatures, as it is one of the hottest spots in Crete!

Don’t miss the chance to dine at the tavern Kaliotzina in the nearby village of Koutsouras—it’s a must-visit!

Explore with Ease

To make the most of your visit to Makrigialos, renting a car from MCar Kafetzakis is highly recommended. With your own vehicle, you can easily explore nearby attractions such as the stunning towns of Ierapetra and Sitia, the historic site of Gournia, and the serene Xerokampos Beach. Enjoy the freedom to discover Crete at your own pace and uncover its hidden treasures.

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