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Heraklion: Matala Beach, Hippie Caves, and Gortyn Day Trip

Heraklion: Matala Beach, Hippie Caves, and Gortyn Day Trip

Take and airconditioned bus trip through South Crete on this day trip with pickup from Heraklion. Travel back in time as you explore Cretan history at the Gortys archeological site and have plenty of free time to soak up the vibes of at the colorful, seaside town of Matala. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in selected locations on Crete in the morning. Drive for 1.5 hours to the Gortys archeological site. Purchase a ticket to the site to uncover sights from 5000 years of Cretan history. Take a short drive to Matala and spend 4.5 hours of free time where you can go swimming, sunbathe at the beach, purchase a ticket to the local caves or have lunch at a charming seaside café. Return to your accommodation in Crete at the end of your free time in Matala.

From Heraklion: Day Trip to Matala Hippie Beach and Caves

From Heraklion: Day Trip to Matala Hippie Beach and Caves

We reach the famous beach of Matala. This is the place where Zeus, having taken the form a bull, swam ashore with Europa on his back before dragging her off to Gortys. Both the Minoans and the Romans used the place as their harbor. Nevertheless, for most people, Matala means only one thing: hippies. Back in the late 1960s - 1970s, this little town was a colony of the “flower children”, who lived in the caves that used to be former Roman tombs. Here we will enjoy the crystal waters, the warm sun and lunch by the sea, while later we can explore the prehistoric caves, carved on thesteep rocks of the area. 11:00 Arrival at Matala – free time 15:00 Departure from Matala 16:15 Arrival in Heraklion Route: 90 km Duration: app. 8 hours Extras: Entrance Caves Matala (optional): 2,00 € Pick up Malia: 08:30 Stalis: 08:35 Hersonisos: 08:45 Anissaras: 08:55 Analipsi: 09:10 Gouves: 09:20 Gournes: 09:30 Kokkini Hani: 09:30 Karteros: 09:35 Heraklion: 09:45 Ammoudara: 09:55

Crete: Matala Beach and Hippie caves, Red beach

Crete: Matala Beach and Hippie caves, Red beach

After a short drive through the Messara plain you reach Matala. Known for the colony of hippies in the Sixties, where they lived in large holes formed on the mountain. The rocks are holes with a Roman burial. In Matala you will have time for a refreshing dip in the water, eat something or just enjoy a drink on the beach. This is the place where Zeus, having taken the form a bull, swam ashore with Europa on his back before dragging her off to Gortys. Both, the Minoans and the Romans used the place as their harbor. Nevertheless, for most people, Matala means only one thing: hippies. Back in the late 1960s - 1970s, this little town was a colony of the “flower children”, who lived in the caves that used to be former Roman tombs

From Heraklion: Matala, Hippies Caves & Ancient Gortyn

From Heraklion: Matala, Hippies Caves & Ancient Gortyn

Set off on a memorable day trip to southern Crete, a journey that weaves together the island's historical richness with the stunning beauty of the Mediterranean. Visit to Gortys Site: Start with a 1.5-hour exploration of the ancient Gortys Site, delving into 5000 years of history. Wander among ruins that narrate the island's past, from Minoan civilization to Roman dominion, revealing ancient laws, temples, and the essence of life in antiquity. Matala's Scenic Charm: Then, take a scenic bus ride to the captivating town of Matala, once a haven for 60s and 70s hippies and still a magnet for those drawn to its relaxed atmosphere and scenic beauty. Spend over 4 hours enjoying Matala's clear waters, exploring its iconic cliffside caves, and savoring a seaside lunch that offers a taste of Crete's culinary delights. Peaceful Return Conclude your day with a peaceful bus ride back, reflecting on the day's adventures and the everlasting beauty of Crete's landscapes. This day trip promises a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, ensuring lasting memories.

05-07 July 2024: Matala Beach Festival One World - One Love

05-07 July 2024: Matala Beach Festival One World - One Love

Since 2011, the Matala Beach Festival has taken place in Crete (except for the “Corona years”). The Matala Beach Festival takes place right on the beach – but eventually runs through the whole place. There are bands from the Greek and international music scene. The entrance to the area is free. The Matala Beach Festival includes events for children and adults. Worth seeing is the annual “Street Painting” – when the streets in the village become a huge painting (on the Sunday before the festival). The concerts on the beach and the beach parties are certainly the highlight and suitable for all audiences. The story: In June 2011 South Crete Community in Greece threw a festival on the beach to celebrate the launch of the ‘Myth of Matala’ book featuring photos of the hippie cave residents during the '60s & 70s. It was a hippie reunion. 35k people heard about it and flocked to Matala Beach. In June 2012 over 58 k people visited the festival weekend and the word is quickly spreading. It was a huge success as free events which brought together music and arts fans from all generations on the beach beneath the caves to celebrate peace, love, and happiness. Matala Beach Festival 2013 introduced to 70k people the meaning of Life. Matala Beach Festival is today an amazing international event with more than 100 k fans!!! Timings and durations: You'll arrive at Matala around 6 p.m. without hustle and stucked into traffic since you go directly to the scene with the coach. Then you are free to go to explore the whole area. At midnight you are kindly requested to come back to the coach to ride back to the hotels with unforgettable memories. Together it makes a difference! Events & Details 2 Concert stages (Main Stage / Cave – Square Stage ) More than 30 concerts Matala Street Painting Projekt The Craftsman Projekt Bar fascilities Familiy areas Camping project Be there to share the Love! ❤️The main live acts as following: Pavlina Voulgaraki! Friday 5th of July on a Live concert at sunset! NO REMORSE the Ultimate MOTORHEAD tribute band! Friday 5th of July on a Live concert at 19:30 The Doors tribute - Riders On The Storm! Friday 5th of July on a Live concert at 22:00! Rous! Saturday 6th of July on a Live concert at Sunset! AC⚡DC Tribute Gang! Saturday 6th of July on a Live concert at 19:30! Marina Satti ! The Eurovision Song Contest finalist and 5th ranking in the final Saturday 6th of July on a Live concert at 21:30! TONIS SFINOS! Sunday 7th of July on a Live concert at 21:30! 48 ORES! Sunday 7th of July on a Live concert during sunset! COLDPLACE the world's leading tribute to COLDPLAY! Sunday 7th of July on a Live concert at sunset Be a member of love, peace and happiness and share it at the Matala Beach Festival.

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Discover the remnants of centuries-old Christian monuments in central Crete. Take a private day trip from Agios Nikolaos or Elounda to dive into the rich religious history of the island. Follow the path walked by Apostle Paul thousands of years ago and admire imposing monasteries. Get picked up from your Agios Nikolaos/Elounda hotel or villa and take a journey to central Crete from north to south. Explore the land where Apostle Paul found fertile soils with lavish vineyards and olive groves stretching toward the horizon. Allow your guide to take you on a journey through history. Explore the village of Agios Myron and its holy cave, as well as the Pailani and Odigitria Monasteries. Meander through the Minoan wonders of the vast Messara Plain to take in magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. Finally, visit the village of Matala to unwind at the typical fish tavernas on the waterfront.

Crete: Matala Hippie Beach

Crete: Matala Hippie Beach

Join us on a unique adventure as we travel along the island's beautiful southern coast, stopping to enjoy the stunning scenery, cute towns, and stunning views of the water. Get ready to be blown away by Matala's stunning natural beauty when we get to this cute town. Grab a delicious lunch by the water and get ready to enjoy the beauty of the clear water, the warm sun, and the weather. Get ready for an interesting trip through ancient caves that have been carefully cut into the steep rocks of this amazing place. Matala is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and towering hills that make the village's setting truly gorgeous. It is located in a calm bay. The town has an interesting past. In the 1960s and 1970s, hippies came there because of its free-spirited vibe, natural beauty, and easygoing way of life. This is the spot where Zeus, dressed as a bull, brought Europa to Gortys while riding on his back. Both the Minoans and the Romans used this spot as a harbour. Matala, on the other hand, is usually associated with hippies by most people. The "flower children" lived in this cute town in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were a group of free-spirited people. The caves, which used to be Roman tombs, were where they lived. Our next stop is the famous beach of Matala, where you can swim, lay out in the sun on the fine sand, and explore the interesting caves that used to be home to the hippie community. Along the beach, there are also ruins of Roman buildings, such as the remains of an arena and a Roman bath. Matala beach is beautiful, but after you're done there, take a stroll through the village's pretty streets. You will be charmed by the village's traditional buildings, brightly coloured homes, and lively atmosphere. Enjoy the village's charm by looking around the one-of-a-kind shops, eating delicious local food, or just relaxing in the friendly atmosphere. As the day comes to a close, we'll head back to Heraklion, remembering all the wonderful things that happened. On our trip to Matala, you will see the stunning natural beauty and interesting past of Crete. Make memories that will last a lifetime and amaze you.

Minoan Luxuries: Ancient Palaces, Messara Wineries & Matala

Minoan Luxuries: Ancient Palaces, Messara Wineries & Matala

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

Minoan Luxuries: Ancient Palaces, Messara Wineries & Matala

Minoan Luxuries: Ancient Palaces, Messara Wineries & Matala

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

Matala - Ancient Phaistos - Faistos & Gortyn - South Crete

Matala - Ancient Phaistos - Faistos & Gortyn - South Crete

• Get to know the history and traditions of local life in the southern part of the island of Crete: • During the Minoan civilization, Gortis was the richest and fastest growing city of Greece and is also famous for being the place where, in the 5th century BC. and, for the first time, a code of laws regulating life and relations between citizens was created and carved on stone. • Archaeological Site of Phaistos was one of the most important centres of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C. • It does not get quite so crowded as Knossos and even in the summer it is possible to have the site almost to oneself. • Finishing the trip, you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea and dine in one of the traditional taverns located along the coast Matala among the many souvenir shops.

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