Located in Makry Gialos, this air-conditioned apartments features a terrace. Despina's house boasts views of the sea and mountains. Free private parking is available on site.
There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with an oven, a fridge and a stovetop. A flat-screen TV is offered.
In first apartment in the bedroom sleeps 2 persons and 2 persons on living room bed sofas . In the second apartment they can sleep 2 persons in the bedroom and one more persons on the living room , the total of the person's for the both apartments is 7 persons
"Despina's house" property is in the centre of the traditional village of Makrigialos on the South-East Coast of Crete, approximately 30 klm from Ierapetra and 40 klm from Sitia.
Just 50 metres from the beach and restaurants, the accommodation is fully-equipped and furnished to be ideal for all-year-round holidays, benefiting from the climate at the most southern point of Europe.
There is also a large, private parking area.
A truly perfect destination choice for families with children and pet's, the village is built across the sands, and there are many wonderful and quiet beaches around it.
The main beach is full of people in summer time and there are water sports, bars, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and souvenir shops.
There are buses from Ierapetra and Sitia very often. Or we can arange your transfer with rental car or with taxi.
Makry Gialos is a traditional Cretan village on the coast of the southeastern Crete. The village is long built across the beach and there are many wonderful and lonely beaches around it.
The nature around is beautiful with the southern cretan sea and the mountainsite and the natural forest on the north. There are daily boat trips from Makrygialos to a small island called Koufonisi,that gives you the oportunity to escape in the real Cretan nature. You can also have the possibility to visit three traditional Cretan villages near and two archeological places in the village (the Minoan and the Greek Roman period)
Explore East Crete : Makry Gialos
Makry Gialos is a famous seaside resort in southeast Crete, in Lassithi Prefecture. You may know it as Makrygialos or Makrigialos, though in recent years the locals have been attempting to establish the name Makry Gialos, because many people were confusing the village in southern Crete with another of the same name in northern Greece.
If you drive along the road through Makry Gialos from Ierapetra to Sitia, you may not be that impressed. You may think this is just another village not worth stopping for. But if you go a little further east, there is a unique view of the bay of Makry Gialos, revealing all the beauty of the village with its little harbour and large beach.
The name Makry Gialos(Long Beach) reveals its main advantage, as it is actually a large bay with a beautiful sandy beach over a kilometre long.
What makes Makry Gialos special.
Why is Makry Gialos a popular Cretan tourist resort? Because the beaches of Makry Gialos are beautiful, with clear shallow water, it has good food and quite a busy nightlife for its size, and it boasts a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, making visitors feel at home as soon as they arrive.
If you have a boat or yacht, you should know that Makry Gialos has a pretty, picturesque harbour, sheltered and safe.
Makry Gialos is a great place for both couples and families. For travellers in search of peace, quiet and privacy.
In the evening, the local youths gather on the beach road of Makry Gialos to dance the night away in the bars, while families may prefer the quieter little tavernas on the shore, mainly at the east end of the beach.
The best thing about the area (Makry Gialos and Koutsouras) is that it meets the needs of both families, who want more organised facilities, and young people, who are looking for fun, watersports and other activities.
How to get to Makry Gialos:
Makry Gialos is 38 km south of Sitia and 25 km east of Ierapetra, in the southeast of Lassithi Prefecture. It merges into Koutsouras and Analipsi, the seaside villages to west and east of it.
The road from Ierapetra to Makry Gialos is very good and mostly straight, offering a marvellous view of the various beaches and villages on the way to Makry Gialos.
The road from Sitia to Makry Gialos, on the other hand, winds through the villages of the interior of Lassithi Prefecture, offering a lovely drive through a verdant landscape.
A piece of advice: open your window as you drive from Sitia to Makry Gialos - the area is full of thyme and oleander, the characteristic plant of Lassithi Prefecture. You will be enchanted by the wonderful smell, the scent of Crete itself.
To get to Makry Gialos from Heraklion Airport or port, you need to head towards Agios Nikolaos, then to Ierapetra and on to Makry Gialos. It is 125 km distant, about 2 hours’ drive.
Makry Gialos is 265 km from Chania and 205 km from Rethymno.
Practical information for your holidays in Makry Gialos
Holidays in Makry Gialos are relaxed and comfortable because Makry Gialos is a fully-organised resort where you can find everything you need:
A National Bank of Greece branch and 2 cashpoints a medical centre for minor problems (more serious cases are usually taken to Ierapetra)a pharmacy in the Analipsi area bakeries selling bread and other delicious things for breakfast 3 mini markets and a few food and tourist shops an Internet Café and cafeterias with free Wi-Fi for customers.
If you have a car or motorbike and want to use it to get to the seaside, your best bet is to leave it in the car park on your right as you go up the road to Analipsi - it’s a restaurant car park but is used free of charge by everyone in Makry Gialos.
Makry Gialos - History
The history of Makry Gialos begins in antiquity, is interrupted and continues from the late 20th century onwards. According to the available information, Makry Gialos was inhabited during the Bronze Age, meaning that there was a Minoan settlement here.
Makry Gialos in Minoan Crete
Excavations by archaeologist Kostas Davaras have brought to light the ruins of a rich Minoan house, a Minoan villa. The villa, dating to the Late Minoan period, was found on the site known as Plakakia in Makry Gialos.
The distinguishing features of the villa are its many rooms and paved floors. Moveable finds such as clay jugs and figurines were discovered here, along with a sealstone depicting a sacred ship.
The ship on the sealstone has an altar and a tree that resembles a mast. In the prow is a priestess, one hand raised in what looks like a fist. Experts say this is the most important find from the area, as it reveals the existence of sacred ships in the Minoan period, something hitherto known only in Egypt.
Makry Gialos in Roman times
Makry Gialos continued to be inhabited in the Roman period, as we can see from the Roman villa discovered in the Katovigli area, near the harbour.
The Roman villa consists of many rooms and includes a burial chamber, an outdoor cistern and a large bathhouse complex. Many marble slabs used to face the walls and floor have also been found in the area.
Historians say that the fact that no moveable finds have been discovered means that the area was probably raided by pirates, perhaps in Late Roman and Byzantine times.
The pirate raids forced the inhabitants to abandon the seaside settlement and seek refuge in the mountains, in villages like Agios Stefanos. Makry Gialos remained more-or-less abandoned for many centuries until the final decades of the 20th century. The only buildings on the beach were fishermen’s huts and a few storerooms for the agricultural goods exported from here by boat.
People began to move back to Makry Gialos after 1950, when the first local roads were built. The lovely beach began to attract visitors and many inhabitants of the nearby mountain villages moved to the seaside to try their luck.
Makry Gialos today
Older residents still remember when Makry Gialos was ruinous, and their reminiscences are very interesting. The first people to come and live in Makry Gialos were made fun of by those who stayed behind in Agios Stefanos, who thought they were crazy to leave their fertile fields and move down near the sea.
Makry Gialos has grown rapidly over the past few decades. The inhabitants mostly engage in farming and tourism. Makry Gialos is famous for its olive oil and fruit, while its greenhouses have made it the most productive farming municipality in the south of Lassithi Prefecture. If you climb partway up the mountain looming over the area, you will see a patchwork of fields and greenhouses. The nearby village of Goudouras, after Kapsa Monastery, is also full of greenhouses. It’s quite common for the owner of a seaside taverna to be a farmer and shepherd too, with large tracts of land and greenhouses.
Μakry Gialos is popular with tourists from all over Europe but the overwhelming majority are Scandinavians and Germans, followed by the British, mostly young people drawn here by the quiet landscape and busy nightlife of Makry Gialos and Koutsouras. Just a short distance away is Ierapetra, the largest tourist resort in southern Crete.
Northern Europeans are very interested in buying land and property in Makry Gialos, moving here for the sun and mild climate.