Makrigialos is a tranquil village, surrounded by historical, cultural and natural wonders ideal for couples and families. Bars, restaurants, tavernas front the blue flag beach and the harbour area. In June, the town hosts the prestigious Casa dei Mezzo music festival.
Water sports inc. 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.
Other Activities: visits to historical sites; monasteries; Gorge walking,