Just got back from our stay at Cybele with the family. The apartments are very nice and the view is splendid. Long nice beach to enjoy. And the locals are very friendly here. Our trip to makrigialos get 10/10
Makry Gialos is idealy placed so you can easily move around and visit surrounding places. Appart is big, with kitchen. We appreciated the welcome red wine bottle! The beach is 5-10 min walk away. Restaurants are also 10-15min walk distance. AC was appreciated. If the roof/walls where better insulated, they would save energy and money!
The apartement is nicely equipped, has a good working kitchen with a big refrigerator and a separate deep freezer. There is plenty of storage room and nice furniture. The beds are excellent, we slept very well. The people are very friendly and helpful. The next beach is easy walking distance away, about 100m, and is good for snorkeling. There are also two nice tavernas. The long sand beach that is excellently suited for children is about 500m away. We had a car, and I recommend to have one. It's needed for shopping as well as trips around the island, and it is the most relaxing way to get to the sandy beach.
We stayed here October 4 to October 11, 2014. The Cybele complex has 12 units, both 2 bedroomed and 1 bedroomed accommodation. We had a 1 bedroom unit and during our stay only 1 other unit was occupied. As it was early October it had officially become "low season", which seemed strange as every day was sunny and 25 to 26 degrees Centigrade. As a result of "low season" Reception was only open for 3 hours each morning although a live on site young chap was there for anything urgent or maintenance. Our unit No 10 was comfortable, 1 separate bedroom with twin beds pushed together, combined lounge/diner with kitchen. The latter fully equipped with oven with 4 hobs, electric kettle and a fridge and freezer. The lounge had L shaped bench settees which would double up as extra beds if there were 4 of you, but as there were only 2 of us it didn’t matter. There was also an outside balcony with table and chairs where we ate occasionally, no sea view just the allotments alongside the Cybele. Satellite flat screen TV with hundreds of channels, unfortunately only 4 English Language, Sky News international, BBC World, CNN and 1 other. Loads of German channels, Russian, Arab etc. But we knew Crete was like this from our fist visit to the island in 2012, The maintenance man set it all up for us. On arrival we had a complimentary bottle of wine and some Cretan pastry treats. The Cybele grounds are pleasantly landscaped with an attractive garden with parking outside for around 4 cars, we were told there was more space around the corner but we never needed to see it. There is no pool or restaurant at the Cybele, this did not bother us, 5 minutes walk took us to both the beaches and harbourside restaurants of Makrigialos (1 of many spellings you will see of the town). We had breakfast in our unit every day and ate out either lunchtimes or evenings often, the meals were good and reasonably priced, 20 to 25 Euros including drinks. The Gusto restaurant is one we went to twice. Makrigialos is on the south coast and is fairly quiet, apart from the restaurants there is not a busy night life, not a problem to us. There are both Roman ruins in the town and Minoan ruins close by. As it was also “low season” there were hardly any organised excursions so we hired a car. Motor Plus in the town gave us an excellent deal of 6 days all in, unlimited mileage for 150 Euros, bring back the petrol tank as you found it. We had a small Hyundai just right for the 2 of us and we did about 265 miles during our stay. The nearby Kapsas Monastery is a pleasant drive east along the rocky south coast and the other direction takes to the large seaside town of Ierapetra with its harbourside Venetian fortress. It is only an hours drive to the north coast so we went also to Sitia, another very attractive seaside town with a hillside fortress and from there we went a short distance to the Toplou Monastery, well worth seeing. Another day we drove up to Elounda on the north coast and took the boat trip to the island of Spinalonga, former Venetian, then Turkish stronghold and latterly in the 1st half of the 20th century a leper colony. We would have liked to go to nearby Agios Nikolaos as well but the day wasn’t long enough. Fist time visitors to the island may also like to go to the famed Minoan ruins at Knossos but we went there on our first visit. Not too many negatives to the trip. The few hours of Reception being one. Our door key played up for the first few days and we were locked out once or twice, much fiddling with the key eventually got us in. Reception gave us another key which was slightly better but eventually they had to thoroughly grease the inside of the lock and after that we had no problems. The water supply went off twice, the first one sorted out by the maintenance man and the second one was outside the complex and was off for about 3 hours but as we went out it wasn’t a problem. To sum up, if you know what you want to do and where to go the Cybele is fine. If you want a Reception to give you lots of information and arrange things for you then it’s not for you.…