Aspros Potamos

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The stone built houses (10 in total) are in harmony with nature and the guest will feel as if living in the old times. The houses were built 300 years ago and they were last renovated in 2011.

Aspros Potamos is known to be the most ancient settlement in the area of Pefki. It is located in south-east Crete, a thousand meters above sea level and the coastal village Makrys Gialos. The area is famous for its natural beauty, which comprises of numerous unspoiled beaches, traditional picturesque villages, and its four magnificent gorges. It is an ideal location, since the area combines both beaches and mountains covered by lush greenery and endogenous pine, olive and citrus trees.

The architecture of the area is typical to south-east Crete.

The stone built houses (10 in total) are in harmony with nature and the guest will feel as if living in the old times. The houses were built 300 years ago and they were last renovated in 2011.

The decoration is simple and plain using traditional objects such as small tables, old wood, accessories for traditional bread making, old woven fabrics and pots and pans. Beds made from stone, original windows and bedrock walls, ceilings of crossed beams, use of straw and soil for insulation, all help to create their traditional style. The houses are connected by a network of traditional stone paths. Thick outer walls made of stone and rock keep the houses cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

In respect for nature and the environment, Aspros Potamos uses only renewable energy sources. We have installed a solar photovoltaic system which has won the first European Award for Greece. This solar system generates its own electricity which is used to illuminate the grounds and gardens, reading lamps above beds, bathroom light, and also refrigerators in the kitchen. Also hot water for the shower is generated with this system . Candles and oil lambs provide the main lighting in the houses. There are no electrical sockets in the houses.

At the reception room our guests can charge any electrical appliance. In the same room there is a library, internet and WiFi network. All free of charge.

In a time when the destruction of our natural environment increases daily, Green Tourism has becomes a reality and an ideology for us, our mission being to minimise this destruction by making ecology a way of life, and by using only natural renewable energy sources for our daily needs. To support the belief that beauty lies in simplicity and not exaggeration, we have restored the old settlement Aspros Potamos with respect for the original features and intervention and renovation was kept to a minimum.

Many nature lovers, hikers, mountaineers, and people simply looking for something different on their vacation, visit us every year. The location is ideal for those looking for tranquillity and relaxation and it combines country and sea holidays. A visit to the Pefki Gorge, which starts from the village Pefki and ends at Aspros Potamos is without a doubt a must, during your stay. The guest house is also suitable for Yoga or Tai Chi seminars, and painting course, etc.

Bar, Room Service, Heating, Fast check in/check out, Luggage Storage area, Car Rental, Tours & Trips, Parking, Private Parking, BBQ facility, Garden, Fireplace
Balcony, Wardrobe, Refrigerator, Fireplace, Board games, Fully equipped kitchen
Library, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Wifi, Free Wifi
High season
Low season
Double Room
3 persons Room
4+ persons Room

Built from natural local stone and reflecting the colour of the earth, this very special accommodation is clustered on the side of hillside within the hamlet of Aspros Potamos with uninterrupted views up the gorge towards Pefki and down the valley to the Libyan sea. Cleverly restored, the accommodation has the feel of a diminutive village, each cottage reached by small narrow paths made of stones and surrounded by gardens containing plants.

Consisting of 10 dwellings (studios, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom) built on different levels, individually designed to offer privacy and each with outside patio, a working open fireplace, kitchen and bathroom.

Traditional sleeping platforms, flagged floors, authentic furniture, linen and lace window coverings put the finishing touches to this marvellous property allowing you a genuine experience of the unpretentious down -to -earth Cretan life.

Each cottage is individually designed and, because they are built into the hillside rock, is cool in summer and warm in winter. In order to retain the traditional atmosphere of the dwellings there is no electricity installed. Candles and oil lambs provide lighting. With the great respect for the environment there is a photovoltaic solar system installed which won the first European Award for Greece, and which now provides enough electricity for each cottage to have allow voltage fridge and a light in the bathroom. Hot water is provided in each cottage by gas heaters.

There are several different styles of cottage available ranging from the small studio for 1 - 2 guests to the cottage with separate bedroom(s) accommodating 2-3, 4 or 5 guests.

The guest house is also suitable for Yoga or Tai Chi seminars, and painting course, etc. Open all year round. Car parking on site.

To airport:130 km.
To port:135 km.
To medical care:2 km.
To restaurant:2 km.
To town:30 km.
To beach:2 km.
To shopping:2 km.
address: Asprospotamos, Makrygialos, 72055
Region: Ierapetra, Lasithi
relevant routes:
Aspros Potamos is located in south-east Crete near the seaside village of Makrys Gialos.

From the Airport of Heraklion

If you are coming by car from the Airport of Heraklion you should take the national road towards Ierapetra for 3 hours until you reach Makrys Gialos and Analipsi.
From there ask for the hotel Mikri Poli. Almost opposite Mikri Poli you will see the road for the village Pefki. Follow this road about 1 km and then turn left and follow the green signs for “Aspros Potamos” and they will direct you to the parking of Aspros Potamos.
The customers are transfered from Heraklion airport to the hostel and from the hostel to the airport of Heraklion after request.

By bus

If you are coming by bus from the Airport of Heraklion, you should take the bus to Ierapetra. At the bus station of Ierapetra, you should change bus for Makrys Gialos and get off at the bus stop Analipsi.
In case you want, the staff of Aspros Potamos will wait you at the bus stop to transfer you to Aspros Potamos.

Please come first to the reception area or you will find directions to your allocated house. In case you need something, please call at (0030) 6995867516.

  • phone: +30 2810 282630, +30 6936091876
  • E-mail:


Check-in: 14:00 - 21:00
Check-out: 09:00 - 12:00

Children and extra beds

Free! One child under 3 years stays free of charge in a child's cot/crib.
The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.


Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

Accepted Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard & American Express are accepted.

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