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Sunlit cliff in the surge, Matala Beach, Crete, Greece
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According to mythology, it was here that Zeus swam ashore in the shape of a bull bearing the beautiful Europa on his back. This little fishing port is tucked away in a bay almost cut off from the sea by a rocky islet and boasts a broad sandy beach and plenty of fresh fish. However, it is better known for its caves in the parallel strata of tufa. They may originally have been used as tombs but have also served as places of worship and troglodyte dwellings. Benches, beds and recesses have been hollowed out of the stone.

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  • In a site dominating the Messara plain, on a spur of the Mount Ida range, stand the remains of the Minoan palace of Phaestos, built, according to legend, by Rhadamanthus. Excavations have revealed two sequential buildings, the first dating from 1900-..

  • From Matala's main street, a path leads to the creeks of Red Beach, which are very pleasant, but offer no shade. Naturism is tolerated. North of Matala, Kommos beach is a huge strip of sand, lapped by the rolling waves, without shade and not very bus..

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Hotels Mátala

  • Hotel Sofia

    Matala GR - 70200 Mátala

    Hotel Sofia is in a quiet area of Matala, yet close to the centre and its shops, bars and restaurants. It is just 50 metres away from the sandy beach and 20 minutes from the famous Red beach. The small family run hotel offers rooms with air conditio..

  • Matala Bay Hotel & Apartments

    Main Street GR - 702 00 Mátala

    Matala Bay Hotel & Apartments is located amidst lush greenery, within 250 metres from the beach, and has a swimming pool, restaurant and snack bar. It features air-conditioned accommodation with furnished balcony. Rooms at the Matala Bay Hotel & Apa..

  • Hotel Boutique Scala

    Red Beach Trail, Matala GR - 70200 Mátala

    Set in Mátala in the Crete Region, 47 km from Bali, Hotel Boutique Scala features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms have a s..

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