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Address: Sitia City, East Crete

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Maria Tsanakalioti

Maria’s seafront

Situated directly on the long beach of Makrigialos and just one step away from the Libyan Sea you can find Maria Tsanakalioti’s group of studios and apartments.

Maria and Manolis, the owners of the house, do their best to satisfy their guests needs.

These properties offer value-for-money accommodation and REAL warm CRETAN HOSPITALITY in Makrigialos, Crete. You’ll feel welcomed in the warm friendly atmosphere of Maria’s Complex.
Visit the website of Maria’s seafront accommodation

Kαλώς ήλθατε στο τόπο της παράδοσης και της φιλοξενίας.
Διακοπές σε φιλικό οικογενειακό περιβάλλον.
Mόνο 30μ. από οργανωμένη παραλία, σε κήπο 4.000 τ.μ.
θα νοιώσετε υπέροχα από την πρώτη ημέρα.
Άνετα διαμερίσματα, με μοντέρνα επίπλωση,
μεγάλες βεράντες με υπέροχη θέα, θάλασσα και κήπο.
• Kλιματισμός
• Δορυφορική τηλεόραση
• Mπάνιο με ζεστό νερό όλο το εικοσιτετράωρο
• Kουζίνα πλήρως εξοπλισμένη
• Internet δωρεάν
• Parking
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  1. I won’t repeat what most of the reviews have already said, it is all true! Being right on the beach was fantastic for my partner and I with our 2 year old, once our son was down for a sleep we were able to have our ‘five minutes peace’ out on our patio, better than being stuck in an apartment with a balcony let me tell you!

    I have a few points though that I think should be addressed –
    1. I think the kitchen needs to be renovated, we were there for 3 weeks and it was very difficult to even make a sandwich without getting crumbs everywhere, which wouldn’t bother me but the ants will find it and an army will appear! a little thought would go a long way if it had an extra worktop and cupboard.

    2. I have been in may Greek bathrooms but I think it’s time that Maria should get with the times and put in shower that you don’t have to hold with one hand and wash with the other, also it was nightmare trying to wash our son as there was no plug and he is too young for a shower, we fixed that by buying a paddling pool.

    3. Our son’s cot broke in the last 4 days of the holiday, we told Maria and it was supposed to be fixed, we had propped it up with some books. It couldn’t be fixed and it was left that way. I’m sorry but a travel cot costs just a few pounds, it could have been replaced!

    4. Our bed was too hard!

    5. We had a ground floor studio, we had the only one that wasn’t separated by the kitchen, the noise from the road was terrible late at night, it sounded like some cars were going through the village at a mighty speed!

    I know the above sounds like I’m a bit of a moan but this is our holiday for the year, and a few small things could have made it just that little bit better. Otherwise all I can say is that the studios are in the best location you could find and Maria was nice.

  2. We arrived in Makrygialos late afternoon after travelling from Agia Gallini, we actually felt a bit disappointed as from first impression the resort did not look great, however we decided to give a chance and were glad we did.

    Maria called us in and showed us a room, the view and position sold it! Right on the beach. We agreed a price for two nights which after the first evening we extended to four.
    The appartment was exceedingly clean and very homely with lots of little touches (tablecloth, bowl of sweets) The only drawback was the lack of a window or any ventilation in the bathroom which was quite dark, and the only (small) mirror was above the sink.
    Each appartment has its own sunbeds and umbrella on the beach, and own tub for feet washing!

    There are a selection of restaurants in walking distance and Maria also gave us some excellent recomendations as well.
    Maria is a lovely lady and could not do enough for us, she gave us cakes, tomatoes, peppers and onions.
    It was hard to leave and we would go back.

  3. We have been going to Makriyalos since since 1986 & have stayed a several different apartments but since 2003 when we first stayed with Maria we have always gone back. All the other reviews are right in what they say, Maria makes you feel very welcome, sometimes you join the family for lunch, always gifts of fruit, salad etc. Despina with her perfect English is always very helpful.

    The location is just perfect, all you could ever want for a really relaxing holiday. I do question why other residents of Makriyalos want to open yet another taverna / gift shop when they could provide accommodation of this quality instead. It would bring more people to Makriyalos & since the demise of Kosmar & other tour operators they need them.

    Maria does set the standard that others should aim to copy. Looking forward to going back, yet again, in a couple of weeks.

  4. It is exciting to join the atmosphere in Greece being here in Maria’s studios, Makrigialos, Crete. You can experience traveling along the coast. You can also spend the time eating in good restaurants. You can go for a walk late evening with shopping.
    Very friendly atmosphere with good meals if you like to walk in the center of Makrigialos.

  5. Hi Maria,

    Beryl and I would like to thank you for the most wonderful holiday in
    your apartment in Crete. You and your family made us so welcome and we
    would have loved to stay longer.

    We hope you have a good summer season and hope to see you in October.

  6. Now we have been back in Denmark one week, ethand once again thank you for a wonderfull stay at Marias Seafront apartments

    Please send our love to your parents Maria and Manolis – tell them – that we never will forget our stay, and that we will return again.
    My father and mother in law think that it is a paradise.

  7. Weve just come back from a wonderful holiday at Marias lovely apartments. Maria is the best hostess ever along with Despoina and Manoli. The apartments are situated right on a lovely long sandy beach with a clear blue sea. What more could you want!

    Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple

  8. We first found Maria’s by walking along the beach looking for the property (pre booked) pictured in her website – one look at the trellises & vines – a refreshing change from the usual ‘white blocks’ – told us we had arrived! To walk from the bedroom onto the beach was ‘knockout’ and the clean sand and warm shallow sea were a bonus. Alternatively, there are upstairs rooms, well appointed with access to a large balcony giving a wonderful view of sea, sand and ‘downtown Makriyialos’ and, access to the beach across Maria’s patio below. The rooms which are clean and comfortable are amongst the best in Makriyialos – as is the hospitality from all the family! Another year gone and another relaxing break at Maria’s fast approaching!!!

  9. Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for such a wonderful holiday that we spent at your and your family’s apartments. We really felt welcome and it was like we were visiting old friends, rather than meeting you for the first time. And the apartment itself was lovely too. So a big thank you to you and your parents. We got home at the weekend, and had a nice time in Koutouloufari, which was nice, not as nice as Makrigialos though. So we know now for next time!

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