Makris Yalos is a very famous beach resort in southeast Crete. It belongs to Lasithi prefecture and it is located 28 kilometers east of Ierapetra and 33 kilometers south of Sitia.
Makris Yalos translates as “long shore” and refers to the long sandy beach stretching out approximately 2 kilometers in length, whose shallow and crystal-clear waters are ideal for both children and adults. Even though Makris Yalos used to be a small fishing village, the area has witnessed a great tourist development during the past years, as the few big hotels are outnumbered by lots of rental apartments and studios for visitors. Nonetheless, it remains a peaceful destination, ideal for those who are looking for peace and quiet in their vacation. Moreover, in the region there are taverns, cafés, delis, a bank and a pharmacy among other amenities. In the evenings, the main coastal road of Makris Yalos gathers the local youth, who have fun at the bars until dawn, while the traditional taverns, especially on the eastern side of the beach, offer a more familial and peaceful setting. Also, those who have a boat should know that Makris Yalos has a picturesque sheltered and safe harbor. In any case, Makris Yalos is a place that suits the tastes of visitors of all ages.