Matala, the small fishing village with the international fame remains a symbol of an era!
Such a small place seems to hold well the secret of success. With a simplicity that wins you over from the first minute, Matala unfolds in front of you with the wonderful sandy beach, the endless blue of the Mediterranean and the innumerable small caves carved into the rock, like a sculptor's hand.
Here time flows slowly and peacefully, the gaze is lost in the sea, the beauty of the landscape overflows and you wonder if paradise is here.
14 kms from Matala is Phaistos Minoan Palace and 22 kms the Archaeological site of Gortyna two sites that you must visit as they are part of the great Minoan civilization.
Try and enjoy the cuisine of Matala
You can try and taste traditional Cretan dishes as Wedding pilaf, Dakos, antikristo, sfakian pie, Kaltsounia and skioufixta macarons.
Best time to visit Matala
Crete and Matala are an ideal destination for all seasons. With sunshine most months of the year, the unique island attracts tourists beyond the typical summer tourist season.
How to use transportation in Matala
Port transfer options
Via Chania and Heraklion Airports. Visitor can use the KTEL Buses to Matala from Heraklion Terminal or Rethymnon.
Car or Motorbike rental is recommended in order to visit the area.