Matala in Crete
Hotels and apartments
A place saturated in history. The town of Matala in
ancient times was the second most important of the Minoans. It is
just over one and a half hour’s drive from Heraklion and only
10 km from the famous and atmospheric Minoan site of Phaistos.
Many hundreds of years after the destruction of Phaistos,
Matala became the Roman harbour for the town of Gortys. Today, a beautiful
300 metre half crescent shaped sandy beach is protected on both sides
with great cliffs forming a pretty little bay. In the 60’s and
the 70’s Matala became renowned as hippies came from around
the world to live in the caves carved out of the cliff sides of the
These famous Stone age caves, are now undergoing archaeological
research and so spending a night in cases is not an option! About
2 km from Matala, lies the beautiful long open sandy beach of Komos
with its crystal clear water, where visitors will find only the smaller
of hotels, pensions, tavernas and shops.
There is much to explore in the surrounding area. Apart
from the second largest Minoan Palace of Phaistos, there is the Minoan
Palace of Agia Triada, the famous ancient Roman capital of Gortys,
the tiny village of Vori with its ethnological Museum, the mountain
villages of Kamares and Zaros with their countless natural springs,
and much much more
Hotels & apartments in Matala
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Top beaches. Crete, Greece
Kouremenos near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
Two hours walk through the Rihtis gorge, which is a beautiful path that culminates with Rihtis waterfall near Rihtis beach, will take you to one of the most secluded beaches of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach (North-Eastern Crete)
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains unknown to the masses.
Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano explosion.
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
We are not talking about the district with the same name at Ierapetra, here we find ourselves 7 kms east of Sitia in an area where the biggest cemetery of Minoan Crete was discovered.
Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
Thousands of lilies at the eastern part of Crete fill the atmosphere with sensual vibes.
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