Experience Matala: an idyllic paradise in Crete

In the rare event that the weather is cloudy on one side of the island, remember that with a rental car from Kourites you can easily explore another part of the island like Matala where the weather can be different – maybe even sunny if it’s raining in Heraklion. While this isn’t always the case, checking a weather app can help you make the best decision for your trip.

Located on the south coast of Crete, Matala will impress you with its laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous beaches and fascinating history. This charming village rose to fame as a hippie hangout in the 1960s and 70s, attracting free spirits and artists from all over the world.

Beach bliss

Matala is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Spend your days on the beach, soaking up the Mediterranean sun and taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Matala beach is also famous for its impressive cliffs dotted with ancient caves that were once used as Roman burial sites and later as hippie dwellings.

Exploring the Caves

One of Matala’s special features is its cliffside caves, which have a fascinating history. Walk along the beach and marvel at the caves that were inhabited by hippies in the 1960s. You can climb up the caves for a fee and imagine how the hippies lived back then. From there, you have a fascinating view of the sea and the town

Culinary Specialties and Culture

Try Cretan cuisine at the beachfront tavernas. Indulge in fresh seafood, traditional meze dishes and local wines while you watch the sunset over the Libyan Sea. Matala also hosts lively festivals and events throughout the year, giving a taste of local culture and hospitality.

Don’t miss the Matala Beach Festival. The Matala Beach Festival 2024 will take place from 5th to 7th July with many concerts and events (for more information visit the website

Nearby Attractions

While in Matala, don’t miss visiting the ancient Minoan ruins of Phaistos and the ancient Roman city of Gortyna to get a glimpse of Crete’s rich archaeological heritage. Driving through the interior you can discover charming, original villages that blend into the Cretan landscape.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Matala, where the spirit of the moment lives and the hippie village past is ever-present.

If it is difficult to organize transportation, consider booking an organized guided tour to Matala with Kourites. Contact us for information about our Matala tour and we will make sure you don’t miss a visit to this unique, colorful coastal village.