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Among nature; On an island; Near water
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of about 624,000 people. The island is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, beautiful mountains, quiet fishing villages, and friendly people. The small resort of Makrigialos (officially spelled Makry-Gialos), has a permanent population of about 1,000 inhabitants.
The local economy of Makrigialos is based both on agriculture and tourism, and as the summer season ends, the local entrepreneurs focus on the olive harvest, which produces some of the best olive oils in the world. The village has an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and taverns, most with views of the beach. There is also a small fishing port - a pleasant place to walk around. The port has its own private sandy beach and a group of bars, taverns and restaurants on the waterfront.
The people of Makrigialos are not only proud of their Greek citizenship, but especially of their Cretan heritage, in an area that is home to Minoan, Venetian and Roman ruins, that date back to 1400 BC. A more "recent" proof of occupancy is the Kapsa Monastery, 7 km east of the city. The monastery seems to be have been founded in the 15th century.
Contemporary culture is represented by the timeless traditional Cretan villages such as Pefki and Agios Stefanos, which are like dots on the mountain slopes intersected by ravines.