Matala beach

The beach is located in the central part of the island on the shores of Mesara Bay, on the south coastline of Crete. It was called after the town of the same name, where there is a developed tourist infrastructure, including hotels and restaurants.

Beach description

In the past, the beach neighborhood is a cult place for hippies, which were inhabited by local ancient caves, but now it is one of the most popular resorts of the island, especially among young people.

The Location is closed from the winds by mountains on both sides, which creates a pleasant microclimate with warm water. But from the sea the wind often drives waves. In addition, at the bottom at the entrance to the water there is a stone ledge; so, resting with children, you should be especially careful. But for the fans of extreme there are rocks from which you can dive. It's good to swim with the mask.

Beach is sandy, sometimes with large pebble. Equipped with pay umbrellas, sunbeds, shower. There are many points of food available, including street cafes and tavernas with a view of the beautiful sunset. However, it should be ready to be that because of the great popularity here is always crowded, especially since the road network connects the town with the whole island. Matala has regular bus service to Heraklion.

From the sights there are caves, which were settled by man in prehistoric times. Near the town there are excavations of Festa, one of the centers of Cretan civilization - and Gortin - a city known since ancient times.

When is the best time to go?

Greece - a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on the place where you are going. The holiday season  begins in May and reaches a peak in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern islands reaches 40 degrees, which may still not play a role on the beach, but certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is the end of spring-beginning of summer or September-October. 

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Armonia Hotel
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Villa Sylvia Matala
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