Makrigialos , Lassithi, Crete
On the road that connects Ierapetra with Sitia, across the bay of the small harbor of Makrigialos, come to have a unique experience in the old dependencies of the peasants that have been transformed into cozy traditional houses and operate exclusively with alternative forms of energy, for a stay outside time in the beautiful area of Aspros Potamos.
Built on the hillside in an evergreen, lush environment of incomparable beauty, the ten houses offer a spectacular view to the mountain and the canyon of Pefka. The settlement, with a history of 300 years, has been restored with great care and attention - the last renovation took place in 2011. The houses are built of natural stone in the color of ocher, with thick, stone walls that make it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The houses have no electricity and the photovoltaic system that has been installed in the hotel has won the first European prize for Greece, allowing hot water, the use of the refrigerator and the lighting inside the house and the garden.
The premises of each house are different and unique, sometimes there are rocks in the walls and sometimes there are mezzanine lofts. The lighting is supplemented with paraffin lamps and candles giving the space a very warm atmosphere. In the houses there are no sockets but adapters can be found at the reception, which can be used on the site to recharge your electrical devices.
Upon request (on the previous day), the traditional Cretan breakfast is served at little tables in the garden and is made of fresh local produce.
Guest Inn Opinion
A destination of unparalleled and majestic beauty, in southeastern Crete, ideal for lovers of nature, traditions and alternative holidays. A beautiful place to discover with your family, friends or loved ones. Here eco-tourism is not just an ideology but a reality.
Map & Access
Driving from Heraklion: (125km, 3h00 approx.) Take the Heraklion-Agios Nikolaos National Road and then towards Ierapetra, Makrigialos and Analypsi. From Analypsi ask for the hotel «Mikri Poli» and follow the road just opposite of this hotel toward the village of Pefki. Continue on this road for about 1 km, then turn to the left Follow this road about 1 km and then turn left and follow the green signs for “Aspros Potamos” guest houses.
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To see / To do
The area is famous for its natural beauty, its endless beaches, its quaint traditional villages, its beautiful churches and its magnificent gorges.
Do not forget to visit the mountain villages with its unique views, among these are the villages Aori, Agios Stefanos, Azali, Bemponas, Chrissopigi, Lapithos, Lithines, Orinos, Pefkos, Pervolakia, Schinokapsala and Stavrochori.
The Kapsa Monastery, built on a rocky hill, leads to a small cave and offers breathtaking views. From there the Pervolakia Gorge starts that reaches up to the village with the same name.
You can have beautiful walks in the small canyon of Pefka that begins from Makrigialos and in the gorge of Koutsouras which connects the villages and Koutsouras Mountain. (3-4 hours)
The Lamnoniou gorge ends in the beautiful beaches of Xerokampos (5 hours). The small gorge of Kato Zakros meets the European path E4 (1 hour) and the canyons of Chochlakies and Klamafkas in the outskirts.
Some of the most beautiful beaches are: Makrigialos, Kalamokania, and Diaskari. In most of these you can do water sports.