Makrigialos (also: Makry Gialos, Greek for "Long Beach") is a municipality in southeastern Crete, facing the gorgeous Libyan Sea and exotic North Africa.
Though it has gained popularity as a seaside resort — mainly due to its out-of-this-world beaches — it is quieter and more relaxed than Heraklion, Chania, and other Cretan hot spots.
This place is an absolute find, so visit it before the crowds discover it. Staying in Makrigialos gives you the experience of living in a remote, far-off, and slow-paced spot. It's Europe's edge, after all.
Most visitors opt for an airport transfer from Heraklion to Makrigialos — the distance is around 100 kilometres, and it takes a bit less than two hours.
Heraklion Airport is the main landing spot for tourists arriving on Crete so it can be chaotic and crowded. Waiting in long queues to get a ride to your hotel is no fun, especially if traveling with family, heavy luggage or during the sweltering Cretan summer. This is where we at Best Transfers Crete step in to assist you.
We do Makrigialos airport transfers right. Why wait in a queue with the crowd when you can travel in comfort and style? Book a taxi transfer to Makrigialos with one simple call (our customer service staff speaks impeccable English) or email with the subject line “taxi Makrigialos” and secure yourself a comfortable and safe transfer.
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Makrigialos is known for its farms, greenhouses, olive oil, and a variety of fruits. Its unique geographical positioning and soil morphology make it a perfect location for agriculture. An interesting fact for all the classical Greece buffs is that the Makrigialos region's dialect resembles the ancient Greek language.
In the old days, it was a humble fishing village. The local people used to hide from the pirates and the ships arriving from the sea, hiding their villages up in the mountains. With the rise of tourism, modern villages sprawled along the coast, so quality private accommodation (apartments and rooms) is plentiful. The place only has around 1000 permanent residents and has not lost its authenticity — authentic Cretan hospitality permeates every corner of the village.
Best way to navigate the place and take trips to other locations across Crete? Our “Taxi Makrigialos” service will take you where you need to go - quickly, reasonably-priced and safely.
Just like its name suggests, Makrigialos is rich in seemingly never-ending beaches with crystal blue, shallow waters, friendly to young children and non-swimmers.
This family-oriented seaside resort offers a variety of water sports for kids and adults alike. The village is a perfect jumping-off point for both boat trips and taxi rides to nearby places.
Most beaches offer boat hire, water skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing — so the good times outdoors are guaranteed.
Wonderfully sheltered, sandy, and shallow, the main beach of Makrigialos is a quintessential Cretan beach. Just like the name suggests, it seems as if the beach never ends! Enjoy your family time and later refuel with a hearty Cretan meal in one of the small tavernas nearby.
Five kilometres from the village lies an Eastern Orthodox monastery Kapsa. It is worthwhile visiting due to its unique position — built on an inaccessible, steep mountainside, it overviews the mystical Libyan sea. Built in the 15th century, it served as a refugee shelter during the Second World War. Visit the gorges nearby. It might be a steep walk, but it is well worth it.
Charming and picture-perfect, this is a Cretan fishing harbour straight from the tourist guide booklet. Take a stroll around the harbour, watch the hardworking fisherman earning their daily bread, and grab a bite to eat in one of the small tavernas. The seafood is fresh and prepared to perfection in minutes.
Are you an outdoorsy type of person? Even if the answer is "No", you still might want to give walking to Pefki George a chance. Mediterranean terrain and vegetation, fresh air, and quality exercise are a fantastic way to spend a day. The route to Pefki George is quite charming and with many pine trees alongside.
It is only about seven kilometres long so don't worry, you don't have to be in a peak condition to conquer it. Admire the scenery, stop as many times as you want, and take beautiful photographs for memory that will last a lifetime. With so much to experience, do and see, get in touch and book your taxi Makrigialos service today.
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