Matala, Heraclion, Crete

Matala is a heavily overbuilt tourist destination relying on coach tours and summer visitors. A beatiful fishing village just 75 km south-west of HeraklionCrete. It is a part of the community of Pitsidia within the municipal unit of FestosHeraklion regional unit. In the 1960s, the caves were occupied by hippies who were later driven out by the church and the military junta.  There are many gift shops and bars. Matala’s hippie history relives during the 3 days Matala Beach Festival (since 2011 )

Matala it is one of just over 400 beaches in Greece that have been awarded a Blue Flag. This exclusive eco-label is given to beaches that offer cleanliness and safe bathing areas and has strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental management and safety. Half the beach is fringed by tamarisk trees, leading the eye on to impressive formations of sandstone rock cliffs with their famous caves sliding into the sea at an odd angle, creating one of the most unusual beachscapes on the island.

At the beach there are sport facilities, restaurants, a camping area as well as activities for children.

The hippies Festival is organised every year in June. 3 days full of live concerts and art events, to celebrate peace, love and summer.

 Matala Festival is on 21 ,22 and 23rd of June ,2019. 

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Matala beach festival