Helios Apartments and Studios is situated in the most natural and wild part of Crete which is the Lasithi prefecture.

The south location of Makrigialos, 300 km from Africa by the sea provides this place the special climate different than the rest of Crete.

We are ideally situated on the hill, 250 meters form the main road which extends from one end of the island to the other (with taverns, bars, souvenir shops, pharmacy, gym, hairdresser and banking service-cash points) and 360 meters from the sandy long beach of the Lybian Sea.

Makry Gialos region lies on the southeast coast of Crete island, Greece.The area faces the Libyan Sea ( part of Mediterranean Sea, which separates Crete from North Africa). The backdrop of the area is mountainous and made up primarily of granite. From the mountains there are small valleys and gorges leading down to the coast. On the higher slopes there is an abundance of Walnut, Apple, Pear and Olive trees. On the lower slopes the main industry is farming and olive trees.

Down below along the main coastal road, farming can also be found along with the greenhouses, in which most of the produce grown is tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and bananas, which grow all year round. The sun and the rich soil give more taste to the fruit and vegetables, and the region has won the Gold Medal for the extra virgin olive oil.

The morphology of the land presents beautiful landscapes, varying from place to place. Places with pine forest and wild oak trees, with granite nuggets and sharp rocks. Places with smooth hillsides with low bush land or orchards, and olive groves. The coastline that runs from Galini to Kalo Nero, is etched with rocky inlets, small coves and long sweeping stretches of sand and pebble beaches. The Bay of Makry Gialos boasts the longest shallow sandy beach of East Crete. Other beaches are Diaskari, Langada, Amoudi, Mavros Kolimbos, Galini, Koutsouras. Between the mountains there are dried up riverbeds, which are flowing down to the sea during the winter months.


Heraklion (130 km) – Ag.Nikolaos (70 km)
Ierapetra (24km)
Sitia (35 km)
Vai (60 km)


Tropical Chrissi Island – daily boat cruises from Ierapetra (1 hour)
Tropical Koufonissi Island – daily boat cruises from Makrigialos (1 hour)
Kato Zakros – the famous ancient Minoan palace (1,30 hour by car)

One can travel to Makry Gialos by plane boarding onto domestic or charter flights to Sitia airport (33km) or Heraklion airport (121km). There are also frequent ferry departures from Piraeus to Sitia and Heraklion harbours.

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