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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Old hippies destination. The caves around the beach were inhabited by hippies during 70's -80's. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“Matala,is a village located 75 km south-west of Heraklion,. It takes 1 hour driving from Tsoutsouros. It is a safe natural harbor on the Bay of Messara, blessed with a gently sweeping sand and pebble beach. Also, there numerous restaurants and cafees.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“History: The artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age. Matala was the port of Phaistos during the Minoan period. In the 1960s, the caves were occupied by hippies who were later driven out by the church and the military junta. Matala is now a tourist destination relying on coach tours and summer visitors. There are many gift shops and bars. Matala's hippie history relives in June during the 3 days Matala Beach Festival (since 2011). Mythology: When Zeus seduced the princess Europa in the form of a white bull, he crossed the sea and brought her to the beach of Matala. There he changed into an eagle and flew her to Gortys where he had sex with her.”
  • 39 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Car Rental
“A second example of Minoan civilisation, Festos is less developed than Knossos so leave more for your imagination. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“The town,with its beach of 300 m and the many caves cut out of the high cliffs which surround and form the enclosed and sheltered bay, is one of the most popular destinations in Crete”
  • 1 local recommends
Night Club
“Matala beach is well known since '70s when the Hippies were on the coastal village. It is worth visiting for an evening romantic drink or an afternoon coffee capturing sunset's colours. Moreover, the famous 3 days - 'Matala music festival' in June gives Matala an aura of the old times and not only! Enjoy music and dancing from International and local music bands! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Greek Restaurant
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“365 all day matala my favourite cofe-restaurant. There I enjoy my coffee, my food and my sweet. family coffee- restaurant very friendly and pleasant people, excellent food, with quality and freshly cooked food!”
  • 1 local recommends
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