Matala is situated in the south coast of Crete, in the gulf of Messara, in a very beautiful and picturesque place, about 70 kilometers from Heraklion city.
It is a small piscatorial village with a beautiful, famous, sandy beach. Its clean, blue waters and its small man-made caves, which are carved out of the rock in the steep cliffs, make the beach of Matala unique.
Matala can welcome, apart from the families that are in search of relaxation and calmness, young people who look for entertainment during their holidays. There are rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, bars and cafeterias.
Matala became known during the 60`s and reached it`s peak in the 70`s, when hippies from all over the world lived there, in the caves which were carved by the ancient Greeks, thousands of years ago
The exponential growth of Matala after the period of the 60`s-70`s, led to the development of the tourist industry to satisfy the needs of its visitors to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and its crystal-clear Mediterranean waters.
It is worth mentioning that the beach in Matala is one of the 400 beaches of Greece that has been awarded of the blue flag. This eco label is given to beaches under strict criteria as far as the quality of the water, the environmental management and the safety of the swimmers are concerned.