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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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Tourist attractions Mátala : Things to see and do

  • Phaestos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    GR - 70200 Mátala

    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-..

  • Beaches around Matala

    GR - 70200 Mátala

    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

    Prix Prices from : 40 €

    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..

  • Hotel Eva Marina Two stars Two stars

    Matala GR - 70200 Mátala

    Prix Prices from : 32 €

    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 WiFi and a balcony overlooking the garden and mountain. The air-conditioned rooms at the Eva Marina are br..

  • Orama

    Matala GR - 74056 Mátala

    Located in Matala, Orama features an outdoor pool, a furnished sun terrace and a colourful garden with a children's playground. It offers rooms with free WiFi access and balcony. Overlooking the mountain and the garden, the rooms of Orama are equipp..

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