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Makrigialos, Lassithi Crete

Makrygialos is a well-known tourist resort with a nice sandy beach, protected from the winds. It is situated at a distance of 58 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the Southeast, 23 kilometers eastern to Ierapetra and 3 kilometers western to the tourist resort of Analipsi. It has some 600 permanent residents.

The place combines the very nice sea for swimming with the wonderful natural environment and the possibility of excursions around and sightseeing.

The village offers several good hotels of all categories, as well as studios and rooms to let. Food is excellent, fresh fish and seafood is abundant and gorgeous in the fish taverns of the resort.
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You will enjoy swimming and sea sports at the well-organised beach in front of the settlement, with all facilities for swimming and sunbathing (sunbeds, umbrellas etc). If you prefer a less crowded beach you may pop off to the nearby beach in front of the archaeological site of the Minoan villa, at a distance of 2 kilometers at the East, or to Diaskari and Langada (4 and 5 kilometers, respectively, eastern to Makrygialos ); or, you may catch one of the excursion boats departing from the village and go to the islet of Koufonissi, where several wonderful beaches are waiting for you to enjoy them.

If you like a change to the daily “program” of swimming and sunbathing, you may visit the Minoan villa at Plakakia, or the ruins of the Roman period at Katovigli, both 2 kilometers at the East. You may also drive to the village of Lithines (meaning “stony” in Greek), some 12 kilometers northeastern to Makrygialos, where you may visit the church of Panaghia, dedicated to Holy Virgin; or you may take your coffee at the village of Aghios Stefanos, 7 kilometers at the North. Those liking nature and natural life should visit the gorge of Pefki, at a distance of 10 kilometers far from the resort and the cave Apoloustres, found 2 kilometers northern to Pefki. Or you may visit any place and village around. There are so many places to go to in the area!
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If you are fan of local feasts, you may take part to the local feast ("panighyri") in honor of Holy Virgin, on the 8 th of September, which takes place at the village of Lithines (12 kilometers northeastern to Makrygialos).

For health problems and cases of emergency, local Medical Centers are available at Lithines and Aghios Stefanos.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos is possible by rented or private cars and motorbikes, but also by taxi from the nearby Ierapetra. 
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