This small village, 38km south of Sitia, overlooking the Libyan Sea, was once a tiny fishing village, but is now becoming a popular resort due to the friendly local hospitality. The village is still unspoilt compared to the larger resorts on the north coast and is an ideal spot for those searching for quiet holidays, with visitors returning year after year. The name Makrigialos means "Long Beach", which indeed it is - the long sandy beach with its crystal clear, shallow waters, is perfect for children and non-swimmers, and further out for more experienced swimmers.
The beach is lined with a good variety of tavernas to suit all tastes, the fishing port being the most picturesque part of the village. From the port, there is a boat that leaves each morning for the beautiful island of Koufonisi, returning late afternoon. Makrigialos has a very good variety of shops, tavernas and watersport facilities and attracts visitors of all ages.