If you are bored of the beach of Matala, you can change and go to Kommos beach that is at 10 minutes by car. the beach is made by little grey pebbles and coarse sand and it's veeeeeery long with nice emerald green seawater and a high cliff on the left side.Another feature is that on this beach the last remaining turtles lay their eggs. There are...more
I really felt freedom while having my holiday in Matala...I guess the "flower-power" spirit is still there. People were so friendly and hospitable, food is absolutely great, the sea is splendid and the atmosphere is special.Don't miss Marinero Bar which is "the hottest place in town" during night:)more
These rocks are the main must see in Matala. There are holes that were the homes of people from the neolithic period where they hide when some enemy wanted to kill them :) and finally Matala became popular thanks the Hippie movement. Why? Hippies fond out that there is great accomodation so they lived in these holes, well people here call it caves....more
If you like swimming in the morning sea with sunrise in front of u then this is the best place for you. :) I did it more times and it is excellent. You can schnorchel or just diving without any problem and to watch a bit of private life of fish :), let's say u can be an observer of their breakfast hehe :))) Anyway, the whole beach is totally empty...more
Yeah, when I arrived to the Matala before sunrise there was a big noise and we didn't know why :) then I realized there is a big tree (ficus benjamina) where sparrows have a senate :) and they thank to the Sun for a nice day twice. When there is a sunrise and also the sunset. You must experience that :) it is really amazingmore
Fresh seafood right by the sea... This place is warm and welcoming, you hear the waves crashing and rolling, accompanied by a mellow reggae sound (mainly Marley & family), while waiter Kostas usually sings along, smiling and running around, bringing a positive vibe to the place. The fish of the day are displayed, and Kostas will stand along and...more
This is the typical taverna with a great view on the Matala beach with its special atmosphere. It partly remains u something from the Greek Zorba or so... menu is written in more languages including Russian (what isn't that typical thought). There is a good homemade wine, delicious dishes and cats begging for some piece of meat :) There is a...more
In Matala night life is very simple, but lively! there few bars/pubs and 1 sort of disco and they are all concentrated on the left part of the beach, on the rocks on the opposite side of the caves.
These pubs are small, colourfull, with all types of music (from raggae to disco, passing trough rock, punk etc...) and sometimes there is live music.
My favourite place was Rock Bar where they plays also Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Clash and the Police, some of my favourite groups.
There, me and my friends, spent one of the best night in Crete, we knew some locals (Dimitri and friends) and we had a lot of fun (and we got drunk together, I admit it...)
This is a picture of that night!
Dress Code: As you want...however not too smart!
KTEL Buses are airconditioned standard buses going from Heraklion to Matala directly, but there can occur that the driver will scream "Change buses" and then u will wait for a while for another bus going directly to Matala. But it is fun..believe me ...
Ticket from Heraklion to Matala costs around 6 Euro, Matala -Phaistos (Festos) just 1,50 Euro.
Bakery is stylish and offers great variety of local bread and cookies, cakes and additional goods such as water, ice cream etc .. Definitely you must try bread and thick cakes (white and chocolate one), small cookies, too. :)Even in Heraklion I didn't find better donuts or cakes. for bread around 1-2 Euro (depends on size)for cookies and cakes a...more
There u can buy tons of souvenirs but not craps ... handmade products from the ouzo to the home made caramels, olive wood stuff and cosmetics made from olive oil nd essences. As usually u can buy honey with wallnuts, fruits or almonds... simply go and see :) I always buy something that remains me my stay in the particular place. Sometimes u...more
People if u think that Matala Beach is such a large piece of beach, forget it. It just seems like that on pictures. When I first saw the beach I thought I am in Liliput's land :) But even if it isn't that big, it is wonderful!
The Red Beach is situated just around 20-30 minutes from Matala. U should follow the arrow there but don't be shocked when you will come to the rock :) u must climb it and then climb the small one again and u will see the wonderful view of The Red Beach. It is relatively small but very romantic. If u are naturist then u can't miss it ...The walk...more
As the rock itself is very easy to curve in, it was the best choice for people in the past to settle there. On the other side they used this holes in the rock as a buried place. Matala itself is full of such caves and they are in perfect condition, just time to time t here is some damaged. For those who like to explore such places they are empty :)...more