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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.

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.

Best things to do in Matala

Chill on the beach

If you’re in need of relaxation, head to the beach and unwind. The crystal clear waters are inviting for a dip or just a paddle.

Inspiration for music

Find out about how singers like Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan were inspired by the enchanting village of Matala in their music in the 60’s.

Grab the flippers

With its crystal-clear seas, Matala is a great place to put your flippers on and see the abundant, colourful life under the waves


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