Matala Beach – Half Day Tour


A journey into the wild and captivating side of Crete. Visit the beautiful and famous Matala beach, and enjoy a delicious meal with a breathtaking sea view.


Matala is located in the south of the prefecture of Heraklion.
After getting acquainted with your guide and following a short briefing, you will head south, through the plain of Messara, and head to Matala. A small but crowded village, with a wonderful 300m long sandy beach and crystal-clear deep waters. Matala is located at the exit of a small valley, which forms an enclosed bay with a nice view of the islands of Paximadia. Furthermore, there is a huge cave on the north part of the beach, from the top of which some people dive. The most famous feature of the area is the many graves of the Roman and the Christian Era, carved in the soft white limestone thousands of years ago in the northwest walls of the bay. There are several underwater caves, as well. Many of them have rooms, stairs, beds, or windows, suggesting that they were once used as residences. The hippies of the ’60s and ’70s found their paradise in these caves when they visited and stayed in Matala. Hippies expressed themselves freely and enjoyed love and creation.
Here we will have a swim at the beach and later, lunch in a traditional local tavern!
Once everyone is full and ready, we will board the car once again and head towards the hotel where the excursion will conclude.


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• The Drive through the largest plain in Crete
• The Roman toombs
• The swim in the beautiful beach of Matala
• The delicious traditional meal


• Total tour duration: 5-6 hours

• Family friendly: Yes

PricePrice includesPrice excludesWhat to bring
Minimum number of participants, 4 persons
• Experienced, English speaking driver
• Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Land Rover Discovery 3 – fuels
• Lunch (wine, soft drinks, water)
• Two Bottles of water per person
• Tickets to museums and archaeological sites
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Specialized guides for museums and archaeological sites
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the “Price includes” list
• Walking shoes or sandals
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses
•Beach Towel

Designated Pickup area

Pickup from any hotel within the highlighted area


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