White River Cottages

Local Sights

The property is ideally situated for exploring the eastern end of the island. In general, this is a great place for activities such as mountaineering, hill walking, rambling and trips to the nearby villages, where you can sample authentic Cretan cuisine. As for swimming, the limpid waters of the south mediterranean sea stay warm right into November! Just 1km from the cottages, the fishing village of Makrys Gialos offers a wide choice of tavernas and shops, as well as a wonderful, clean sandy beach with shallow waters, where you can enjoy water sports.

The pristine beaches in the area are ideal for getting away from it all, and are easily accessible by car or motorbike. Other sights nearby include the traditional villages of Lithines and Pefki, the impressive Pervolakia Gorge, historic Kapsa Monastery, the Dei Mezzo villa at Etia (the only Venetian villa in Eastern Crete), the ruined medieval village of Voila and several frescoed Byzantine churches. 

Alternatively, take the boat from Makrys Gialos harbour on a wonderful one-day trip full of sun and sea to the small island of Koufonisi, where the ruins of an ancient Roman theatre still stand. The island was also the site of workshops for processing the sea snails used to make royal purple, a costly clothing dye.

Another magical island accessible from Ieraptera is Chryssi (Gaidouronisi or “Donkey Island”), with its shimmering white sand and emerald waters.

Our hotel can also serve as the starting point for wonderful day trips to the Minoan palace at Kato Zakros, the palm forest at Vai, and historic Toplou Monastery. 


  • The beach at Makrys Gialos
  • Diaskari
  • Staoussa Beach at Kalo Nero
  • Langada
  • Kalamokanias
  • Achlia
  • Ammoudi


  • Pefki
  • Agios Stefanos
  • Orino
  • Schinokapsala
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Lithines
  • Pervolakia


  • Pefki Gorge
  • Kapsa Monastery or Pervolakia Gorge
  • Koutsouras or Butterfly Gorge
  • The Gorge of the Dead at Zakros


  • Koufonisi
  • Chryssi (Gaidouronisi)

The experience

Your stay at the cottages

A stay at White River Cottages is ideal for everyone looking for a unique holiday, whether they are couples in search of quiet comfort, or families with younger ones wanting to enjoy carefree play in the great outdoors.

Living in nature

In houses built to blend in with the rocky hillside, surrounded by flowers, aromatic herbs and ancient olive trees, you're sure to unwind and reconnect with the real you.

The surrounding area

It was the quiet seclusion of the White River Valley and the calmness of the surrounding area that led us to dedicate our efforts to this magical spot on Crete. Here you can enjoy nature on walks through lush gorges, or along beaches cooled by light sea breezes.

Contact Details

White River Cottages

Aspros Potamos, 72055, Makrigialos Lasithi Crete
Tel: +30 2843 051120
Email: info@whiterivercottages.com
MHTE: 1040K070A0088000

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