These regions in the very southeast part of Crete (and the Lasithi Prefecture) are blessed with a large number of wonderful bays and beaches.
Beginning to the west of Makrigialos, the first beach one happens on is Koutsouras.
The village of Koutsouras is very close to the seaside settlement of Makrigialos. West of the village is a most attractive strand: with dark-coloured pebbles and blue crystal-clear waters, and a number of tamarisk trees.
This is on the west side of the Makrigialos area. Its odd name comes from a migratory bird, known as the Stilt (kalamokanas in Greek): black and white plumage, a thin curved black beak and long long pink legs (the avocet is a member of this family). On their migration, they call in at the mouth of a stream in this area.
It is a particularly beautiful beach and quiet, lacking organization – large with very crystal-clear waters, and plentiful tamarisks growing about the place: its sand is white and there are quite a few flat expanses on the sea-bed, which need care as they can be very slippery.
A beautiful beach, with sand and shallow crystalline water, which washes around the towering smooth and white cliffs.
Here is the village (Good Water – from some springs here) and the beach of the same name. In essence, it is one of three conjoined strands – Koustounari, Staousa and Anaskelou. A lovely, secluded beach with crystal-clear waters. There is no infrastructure. Despite this (or because of it …) it is worth a visit – beauty, peace and relaxation: an attractive cocktail!
The quiet beach in front of the monastery has pebbles and blue waters, and plenty of tamarisks. There is no organization here nor anywhere nearby. But is, thus, a perfect place for peace and quiet.
A quiet, secluded beach (the Reed) with pebbles and clear waters, it is surrounded by high cliffs. On the beach is a huge cave, most needful to the visitor, as there are no trees to lend one their shade.
The beaches (all 36 of them!) are, however, quite wonderful – the blue-green crystal-clear water, the white rocks and cliffs and sand-dunes, and fine white beach-sand .. all lend it a ‘tropical’ feel.