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Relax in the dark reddish-brown sand that characterizes Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding ar
Get a glimpse of the life of Minoan people through a visit to the ruins of a Minoan palace. At Palace of Faistos, learn about the relationshi
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Matala Beach , Matala
Combine your beach visit with some cave exploration at Matala Beach, where the landscape features a rocky plateau that appears to be sliding
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Agia Galini Beach , Agia Galini
Matala Caves , Matala


Beaches · Caves · Outdoor Activities
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years. The town's sandy stretch of coastline is mythologized as the place where Zeus brought Europa after seducing her in the form of a white bull. The town itself burst onto the world scene as an important port, used both by the ancient Minoans and the Romans. In more recent times, Matala became a mecca for hippies and 1970s rock stars. Today the town draws mostly day-trippers from nearby Heraklion, its biggest tourist attractions an impeccable beach and several traditional taverns. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Matala trip itinerary using our Greece trip planning website.

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Places to visit with Matala

HeraklionTrip planner BEST FOR: History Museum, Fountain, Room Escape Game RethymnonTrip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Religious Site, Beach EloundaTrip planner BEST FOR: Island, Beach, Gift & Specialty Shop Chania TownTrip planner BEST FOR: Marina, Scuba / Snorkeling, Beach HersonissosTrip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Water Park, Nightlife

Where to stay in Matala

Though Matala's hippie history is mostly a memory, you'll find a few budget hotels and a campground for backpackers remains. If you're not among this group, Matala also features a number of more luxurious options offering a classic Greek island experience. For an optimal stay here, choose a beachfront resort or hotel. If you prefer to stay in town, there are a number of options along and off of Matala Road. For the best prices, and fewer crowds, consider coming during the off-season.
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