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. There are not many large hotels, but there is a wide variety of apartments and studios for rent, 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.
The houses are build with the white regional stone which matches perfectly with the surrounding landscape. The combination of the stone walls with the wooden furniture and the timber ceilings constitute an elegant decoration of the interiors which can provide at the same time coolness during the summer and warmth during winter.