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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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  • Ruins of Phaestos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    GR - 70200 Mátala

    In a site dominating the Messara plain, on a spur of the Mount Ida massif, stand the remains of the Minoan palace of Phaestos, built by Rhadamanthus. Excavations by Italian archaeologists revealed two sequential buildings, the first dating to 2000-16..

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  • Beaches around Matala Interesting

    GR - 70200 Mátala

    On the shores of the Libyan Sea, Kommos beach to the north of Matala is one of the area's best. It is a listed archaeological site and as such is protected from development. 7km away, Kalamaki is a little resort, popular on account of its fine beach ..

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  • Melissa Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Matala GR - 70200 Mátala

    Prix Prices from : 60 €

    Situated on the beautiful bay of Matala, 700 metres from the beach, Hotel Melissa offers a pool with children's section and a pool bar-restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel Melissa is air conditioned and includes a fridge, TV and private veranda. In th..

  • Zafiria Two stars Two stars

    Main Street GR - 70200 Mátala

    Prix Prices from : 45 €

    Zafiria Hotel enjoys a beautiful location in the picturesque village of Matala, just 30 metres from the sea and a few kilometres from the ancient ruins of Festos. The hotel disposes 70 bright rooms, each with private balcony offering an impressive v..

  • Hotel Eva Marina

    Matala GR - 70200 Mátala

    The family-run Eva Marina Hotel is just 50 metres from the beach of Matala and offers a breakfast room and TV lounge. Its rooms come with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the garden and mountain. The air-conditioned rooms at the Eva Marina are b..

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