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Escape daily life in Matala

Located to the south of Crete, Matala offers an idyllic break where life is slower and relaxing is the order of the day. Beautiful beaches, amazing backdrops and a rich local history makes this an ideal break to escape the hubbub of everyday life. With green topped hills and stunning layered cliffs providing a dramatic backdrop to the beaches, you’ll not only enjoy the more leisurely pace, but the interesting views, too. The chic bay hosts inviting crystal-clear waters and little caves to explore and uncover. This is a feature-packed beach and with the neighbouring boutiques offering local charms and restaurants offering traditional, authentic cuisine, you’ll enjoy the ambience of Matala. With tours and archaeological sites to explore, this is a serene location if you are interested in local history or wishing to just kick back and chill out.

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Your Matala questions, answered

To the south, a charm to Matala is its isolation. There are organised tours, but hiring a car helps you move at your own pace.
With eateries throughout the town, some with scenic views of the beach, you’ll find a range of tavernas offering typically Greek, seafood and Mediterranean dishes.
In Matala you can learn about the archaeology, the influence of Zeus, then, latterly, how the swinging sixties came to life in the town.

Hotels in Matala

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