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Matala Beach

Matala Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Heraklion:Half Day Trip to Matala Hippie Beach & Caves

1. From Heraklion:Half Day Trip to Matala Hippie Beach & Caves

We reach the famous beach of Matala. This is the place where Zeus, having taken the form a bull, swam ashore with Europa on his back before dragging her off to Gortys. Both the Minoans and the Romans used the place as their harbor. Nevertheless, for most people, Matala means only one thing: hippies. Back in the late 1960s - 1970s, this little town was a colony of the “flower children”, who lived in the caves that used to be former Roman tombs. Here we will enjoy the crystal waters, the warm sun and lunch by the sea, while later we can explore the prehistoric caves, carved on the steep rocks of the area. 11:00 Arrival at Matala – free time 15:00 Departure from Matala 16:15 Arrival in Heraklion Route: 90 km Duration: app. 8 hours Extras: Entrance Caves Matala (optional): 2,00 € Pick up Malia: 08:30 Stalis: 08:35 Hersonisos: 08:45 Anissaras: 08:55 Analipsi: 09:10 Gouves: 09:20 Gournes: 09:30 Kokkini Hani: 09:30 Karteros: 09:35 Heraklion: 09:45 Ammoudara: 09:55

Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Iconic Matala Beach

2. Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Iconic Matala Beach

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

3. From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

Travel from Chania to the villages of Spili and Matala on this day trip. Stop to take in the views at Kournas Lake. Keep cool with refreshing soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Keep your energy up on the trip with sandwiches and local kalitsounia (sweet cheese pastry).   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax on the drive to the picturesque village of Spili. Watch an audiovisual presentation on Cretan customs on the bus ride. Once you arrive in Spili, have an hour-long break to explore the fountains, springs, chapels, and murals in the village. Make your way to the village of Matala which is known for its alternative housing community that sprung up in the 60s. Take some time to enjoy the azure waters at the sandy Matala beach and admire the colorful homes, cafes, and street art. Head to lake Kournas where you can see the White Mountains reflected in the deep blue waters of the lake. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Matala Beach

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Everything went smoothly. We had 1h during the first stop, and exploring the historical ruins was truly magical. There was also an alternate option to sit in a cafe instead. Matala and the beach were BEAUTIFUL. I particularly enjoyed climbing to the caves (note: bring good shoes as you will need them, there are no stairs). The waves were high and the current strong when I was there, so unfortunately snorkeling was difficult due to low water visibility. That’s not a negative point though, that’s just nature and the weather.

The trip was very nice and beautiful! Elisabeta from Sparrow Travel and the bus driver grigorios are the best!! Very friendly and very funny. You are always welcome! We liked a lot both and had a very nice day!! Elisabeta you are the best really!

Everything went well, e-mail with meeting point and contact details came shortly after booking. Bus was on time and modern, tour guide spoke good English and German. Everything great!

the trip was perfect platanos tours organized everything perfect!!amazing trip.

Everything well organized - from start to finish :)