Crete | Greece

1. Long beach December 20, 2010 12:44

Makrigialos is located 58km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 23km east of Ierapetra. It is a large village, located near the exit of the lush canyon of Pefki. Being initially a humble harbor with no roads in the ‘50s, Makrigialos has faced a strong growth and has become the largest tourist destination in the region. It actually consists of two settlements, Makrigialos and Analipsi, which are now united. In the village you can find large and small hotels, taverns, restaurants, bar and cafes, super markets, bakeries, ATMs, doctor and pharmacy.

The main growth driver of Makrigialos is the beautiful beaches of the village and the surrounding area, the calm shallow sea and the magnificent mountainous scenery that rises north of the village.

The main beach of the village lies in front of Analipsi and is 1km long. It is known as Makrigialos, but you might hear locals call it, Hani or simply Long Beach. It is a well organized narrow beach with fine gold sand, surrounded by numerous cafes and restaurants. Here you will find free umbrellas, water sports and showers and big tamarisk trees. The water is very shallow and calm, while the temperature is high up in the winter. Thus, the beach of Analipsi is very suitable for children and for not very good swimmers.