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Sandy and pebble beach is located on the southern coast of the island and has become legendary thanks to the hippies who lived in these caves.
Matala Beach is a fabulous place, it is a closed bay, surrounded by rocks, which opens only one site where you can see the island Paximadia.
Here you will find sandy and pebble beach where you can completely surrender to the power of laziness and have a good rest. And if you want extreme, you can look at caves carved in the rocks at the beach - in the 60s of the last century, they became a hippie habitat. Once upon a time there lived such legends as Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
On the north side of the Matala beach is a cave, where lovers of extreme sports jump right into the water.
On the Matala beach you can even find shops and stalls where hippie sell their handmade things, in the evening they often arrange noisy parties, and you can join them.
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Matala beach on the mapLocation: Matala village
More places to visit on Crete
The most famous landmark of Crete depicted on all the postcards and souvenirs, the place where according to legend was the Minotaur maze.22
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
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.30
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.23
The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.1
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
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
Fortress of Spinalonga
Built to defend the island, the castle turned it into an impregnable area, but now there is just a ruin, from which you can see the bay and Crete.32
Beautiful place of Crete, where there is unspoilt nature, there are three seas, and the color of the water has several different shades.1
The small island separated from Crete for a hundred meters, and it is considered a haven away from the noise of city streets.15
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.12