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The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.
The village of Matala is rich in sights of historical value. Here you can find the ruins of the ancient Festa, where you will see palace that can compare with the Palace of Knossos. In ancient Gortyn you will see the temples of the ancient gods, the Roman Baths and the Basilica.
The easiest way to travel around the the Matala village is by car. You can get to the village on bus from capital of Crete.
The most striking landmark of the Matala village - its beaches, one of which is a bay surrounded by cliffs on three sides. These cliffs have caves, which you can visit - because here was once the biggest hippie community.
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The Leper Island Spinalonga
A former leper colony, this island has preserved only the ruins of a once-powerful fortress and abandoned houses of leprosy patients.29
One and the best places in Crete for snorkeling and diving with fishes. Underwater canyons make diving especially interesting.13
The small island separated from Crete for a hundred meters, and it is considered a haven away from the noise of city streets.14
The Gorge of Aradena
Near the abandoned village is the gorge, which stretches to the coast of the Libyan Sea, and many desperate travelers can walk through it.39
Built by the Venetians in the 14th century, this fortress was intended to protect the population from the pirates, and now you can watch the unusual phenomenon drosoulites here.3
Visit the most famous cave in Crete, where according to legend, small Zeus with his mother hid from his tyrannical father.30
Treasure of Richtis Gorge, this waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece, but to reach it, you need to overcome a long way through the gorge.22
Saint Nikolas church
The snow-white church on a low cliff is seen from afar, it is a path from rough stones, and from it opens the magic views of the surroundings.22
A small fishing village in recent years is gaining more and more popularity due to its clean beaches and the opportunity to observe the life of the Greek fishermen.3
Glyka Nera Beach
Hidden away from the prying eyes of rocks and cliffs, Glyka Nera beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world due to its well-groomed and close freshwater supply.11
If you want to reach this picturesque gorge, you need to overcome a long way through another famous and marvelous Cretan gorge.15
Beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by a mountain landscape, creating a special atmosphere of seclusion and isolation from the rest of the world.45