Descending the pine forest of Peykoselioy found in Makrigialos, one of the most popular summer resorts in Crete. Makris Gialos, gets its name from the large sandy beaches, which each year enjoy thousands of locals and foreign visitors.
The later history of the record as a small fishing village with few inhabitants which served as a hub for agricultural products and animals, but the perfect natural landscape was to decisively change the identity of the area. The current population is 760 inhabitants.
The large tourist investments began the 1980s highlighted the quality of Makrigialos and converted it into an ideal summer destination. The golden sand, shallow and awarded with Blue Flag beaches waters of Makrigialos, full and multidimensional coverage of services offered, people have identified the site as appropriate family destination and not only.
H nodal position between Ierapetra and sitia recommends the Makrigialos ideal for alternative tourism activities in Eastern Crete, while the mild climate attracts mainly northern Europeans citizens to buy land and houses. The small and picturesque Harbor fueling the taverns with fresh fish while in the summer months there are daily excursions to gaidouronisi and koufonisi.
The value of the area of Makris Gialos seems appreciated since ancient times, and the ruins of the Minoan Villa, (miniature of the Palace of Knossos) dating back to 1500 b.c. is the best witness.
In the area is also the great age of easily Villa which dates back to between the 1st BC and the 3rd century AD and in which it is believed that it remained a Roman centurion, who supervised crops marine snails for the production of valuable then purple.