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South of Crete

An experience of a lifetime

South of CreteCrete is an island being resided for thousands of years. It is not accidental that here in Crete exist one of the most ancient civilization in the world. Crete is the most south part of Europe and it is famous for its climate, the unique products like olive oil, the tasteful fresh fruits, and its healthiest cuisine in the world. When you travel around Crete it is certain that you will immediately distinguish South Crete.

In South Crete raining is less during the winter and the sun is sunning all of the year. In South Crete the most scenic villages are Pitsidia and Matala which are very closed to some of the most beautiful beaches of Crete.

Next to Pitsidia is the virgin beach of Kommos (Komos) and in Matala is the well known beach with the caves. Matala beach is only 100 metres from the Matala View Pension. Another unique beach the Red Sand is about 20 min walking from Matala View. To reach Red Sand beach one should take the a path in the mountain, walking among goats and sheeps. When you arrive there you will amazed by the red-gold sand and the magical landscape. It is almost certain that you will fall in love with Red Sand.

Pitsidia and Matala are the locations that were the natural choice of the ancient people, that’s why Pitsidia and Matala are surrounded from many ancient sites and palaces like Phaistos, Gortyna, Agia Ttriada and Kommos.

Makrigialos, has a permanent population of around 1000 inhabitants who originate mostly from the surrounding villages, but it wasn't all that long ago that the town was just a scattering of store houses and fishermen's cottages. Even today the local economy is based as much, if not more, on agriculture as it is on tourism, and when the summer season ends, local business owners look to the olive harvest, which generates some of the finest olive oil in the world.

The village is one of the quieter, less developed destinations in Crete, with one of the best beaches in this part of the island. There are two, unobtrusive hotel complexes situated in coves at the top end of town, and the majority of accommodation comprises mostly beach-front, family-run, self-catering studios and apartments, and a number of villas, houses, and cottages availble for holiday rentals.


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We at SouthCrete understand the threat of global warming and irrisponsibal human habits which harm our planet's environement.

We have handpicked accomodation, activities and local transport to make sure your holidays and our businesses can have as minimum impact on mother nature as possible.

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