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Matala Beach

The village of hippies, Matala, is approx. 70 klm in the south of Heraklion and is one of the most famous coastal settlements of the southern Crete.
Matala became famous in the 1960s, when some wandering hippies discovered the carved caves and moved in.
The beach of Matala is about 250 meters length and is pebbly and sandy. There are first aid facilities, W.C., showers and sports facilities in the area.
A blue flag has been given in Matala, while various environmental projects run in the area, as that of the protection of the Sea turtle of Greece and Natura 2000.
Various sports and cultural festivities are organized in Matala. The most famous is the Matala Beach Festival that takes place every year for 4 days. Visitors from all over the world come to the area, camp and are united under the sounds of music.