Two bedroom apartment, Sleeps 4, Makrygialos, Crete
Gavin & Louise Noble
About Gavin & Louise Noble
We live in Ireland and have two young daughters. We love to travel and our philosophy behind ‘The Studio’ has been to offer our guests the high standard of luxury rental accommodation that we look for ourselves whenever we travel. We take great pride in what we offer to our clients and we strive to present the property to the highest possible standard.
Gavin & Louise Noble purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why Gavin & Louise Noble chose Ierapetra
When we first visited Makrigialos, we immediately fell in love with this quiet and unspoilt area of Crete. We purchased The Studio as our home away from home. It is a truly magical place; the views from Bayview are just unbelievable; and the combination of style and available amenities offered to us were everything we wanted for ourselves and our guests.
What makes this Apartment unique
The Studio is our home away from home, as well as a property available for rent. This is why it has been designed to be luxurious & individual, and not a generic rental property.
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lovely apartment in quiet location, near everything you need in unspoilt area of Crete
We are a family of 4, with 2 boys aged 10 and 13. The apartment was of a good size for us, with everything we needed for a 10 day stay. We all loved the 2 pools and the view of the sea. Lagada beach nearby was a bit rough for us to swim in, but it is a 2 minute drive into beautiful Makrigialios. Hiring a car is a must if you stay here. The sandiest beach is near the harbour. Apart from spending time in the village (which has Minoan & Roman villas), we spent time with Anthony (who works in the resort) who took us sea kayaking & up to Pefki village to walk back down the gorge. Both of these were excellent days out and we learnt a lot about Crete from Anthony. We also had an interesting drive (ie hair pin bends on single track roads) to the coast at Kato Zakros. The resort is 2 hours from Herakleon, so we didn't venture to Knossos, although we did drive back to the Watercity waterpark which we all loved. We took a boat from Ierapetra to the island of Chrissi. This was an expensive day (loungers at the beach were 20E!) and it was crowded, but it was worth it to swim at the amazing Golden Beach. In the past I have backpacked around Oz and the Pacific and this beach had some of the clearest water I had ever seen. Bring your snorkels! We would all thoroughly recommend both the apartment and this part of Crete.
Thank you for your glowing review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
A Lovely little apartment!
We really enjoyed our stay at The Studio, Lagada Bay.
The apartment had everything we needed for a short stay. It is bright, clean and nicely fitted out with modern Ikea furnishings and with a very good air conditioning system for the hot Summer months in Crete which you will need! Cosy enough to enjoy a night in but equally so many places to explore and eat that, the apartment was all we needed as a base and with plenty of good restaurants, and site seeing near by. We loved it, the only minor issue was that we felt the double bed needed a couple of slats either replacing/fixing underneath as it sagged a little on sleeping, but this was the only fault. The rest was bliss!
very nice quiet place for take a rest,
Thank you Ewa, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at our apartment.
Lovely accommodation exactly what we needed.
The property was great as was the complex. Clean and Well maintained. Location requires a car which we had to see Crete which was lovely. Great choice of restaurants on the beach front which is 3km or a €5 taxi ride away. Would definitely return.
Lovely holiday, great apartment
The apartment was beautiful. Just as it looks in the pictures and three lovely pools which were never too crowded so nice and relaxing. The apartment has everything you need, comfy bed, good shower, an outdoor seating area, and is a good base for exploring the east of Crete. Definitely hire a car as the nice beaches and restaurants in town are a forty minute walk. There are lots of restaurants in town that serve good food and fresh fish, and not too busy so a good holiday for relaxing. The weather was fantastic too. Gavin was very helpful and prompt at answering our questions, the staff at the apartment were very friendly lpful and gave good recommendations. We would recommend the koufonisi boat trip, ammoudara beach (the drive there is beautiful and the beach is lovely), and Chrissi island.
Booking the apartment with Gavin was easy. He was very responsive and helpful. The apartment is exactly what we needed and Makrigialos itself is a great location; not too touristy but still enough bars and restaurants to ensure you can eat and drink at a different place every night if you want to. We especially liked Olympio bar for lunch or to use the beach facilities, diskari beach and taverna for a day at the beach with hammocks and both dragons cave and Petra bay were our favourite restaurants, but it’s fair to say we didn't have a bad experience anywhere.
Overall a great holiday, we will be back.
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you next year!
Makrigialos is a tranquil village, surrounded by historical, cultural and natural wonders ideal for couples and families. The natural beauty of the area is simply staggering with deserted coves and bays seemingly round every turn which benefits from some of the best weather in the Mediterranean.
If you want a taste of the real Crete, this is for you. It is the complete opposite of Malia, it is not commercialised or filled with nightclubs.
Makrigialos has a small, lively harbour that comes alive at night with numerous local restaurants and cafes serving the finest local food. Local waterside tavernas welcome you with cool drinks and delicious food.
The nearest towns of Ierapetra and Sitia both have busy water fronts with cafes spilling out onto the promenades. Both have good shopping, but if you want to go a step further, Heraklion offers shopping to international standards. The area offers all manner of activities & water sports. Including pedal boats, jet-skis, fishing boat charters and excursions to the nearby uninhabited island of Koufonisi are available during the summer.
Places to visit include a number of Roman and Minoan ruins; The Kapsa Monastery, 6km along the coast near the spectacular Pervolakia gorge; the mountain villages of Pefki, Agios Stefanos and Pervolakia; the protected gorge of Aspro Potamus; the Butterfly gorge, a 4.5 km walk from Koutsouras; Sitia, with its pleasant sea front lined with cafes and tavernas, a harbour, and the Roman Fort; Ierepetra boasts the longest beach on Crete, has a museum and the remains of a Venetian fort on the quay; Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, and Spinalonga Island are within easy reach.