The busy beach of Matala, with its famous caves, has been awarded The Blue Flag, for it’s cleanliness and quality of water. Deck chairs and parasols are available for rent and a life guard is also present for your safety.
According to the Greek Mythology, Zeus came out of the sea here, transformed into a bull, carrying on his back, Princess Europa, the kidnapped daughter of the Phoenician King.
Matala, during the Minoan period, was the seaport of Faistos. During the Roman times, it was the port of Gortys the then capitol of Crete.
The main characteristic on the beach is of course the rock with its well known caves, which, according to legend, were carved during the Neolithic era and were used as graves by the early Christians.
A few centuries later, in the late 60s and 70s, they were inhabited by the hippies, with the unknown then but famous afterwards, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Janis Joplin among them. The hippies were run off their favorite beach in the mid 70s.
These days the beach of Matala is an organized one with deck chairs and parasols for rent while the last years the Blue Flag is regularly waving – a decoration for its clean waters.