Matala with its 300 m long sandy beach
is located 68km southwest of the Capital Heraklion. The Enclosed bay of Matala is located at the exit of a small valley. This is one of the most popular tourist tours and Matala the most visited beach as this beach became famous for the rock caves and the `70s Easy Life of the hippies. In the Neolitic times the caves of Matala were used as Houses, later in the roman time as burial chambers. This tour begins at the northern highway of Heraklion towards the south coast, mainstream to Siva and Agia Varvara. On this highway towards the south coast you will see the scenic attractions of the Messara Plateau and at the end on the southern coast of Crete you will see a fantastic sandy beach and the village of Matala. Following this highway from Heraklion towards the south coast you will first pass the biggest Cretan wine-growing district of Archanes. This beauty spot is located at the foot of the Messara Plateau. On the Messara Plateau you will see alpine scenery. Arriving in Matala you will find many taverns and cafes on the beach.
But Matala is also famous for its Music – Festival in June. A journey through time with lots of music and other events, the Matala-Beach-Festival starts next to the Matala caves, on the seafront, where dance and cheer will be present. Live concerts by famous bands, both Greek and international music scene will entice you in a unique, three-day different, which will surely be unforgettable! The annual biggest multicultural summer party in Crete take place every year in June! Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, who all came to Matala in the 1960s were inspired for writing songs.
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