Matala is famous from the 1960-ies when Hippies from all over the world used to settle here, staying in the caves by the beach.
Today, the caves must not be used for accommodation purposes anymore as they do not fulfill the minimum standard criteria as issued by the Greek Tourism Authority.
Matala his however still worth a visit. It has deep blue sea and a white sandy beach which is framed by yellow rock (with abandoned caves inside).
|Slide show | Matala: The beach||
A blue sky covers the place, and views range over the Messara Bay to Agia Galini, to Mt. Kedros, and with clear weather even until the White Mountains (Lefka Ori).
It is easy to understand why they settled right here ...
Road distance: 96 km