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Trip Planner Europe  /  Greece  /  Crete  /  Heraklion Prefecture  /  Matala

Matala

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A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years. The town's sandy stretch of coastline is mythologized as the place where Zeus brought Europa after seducing her in the form of a white bull. The town itself burst onto the world scene as an important port, used both by the ancient Minoans and the Romans. In more recent times, Matala became a mecca for hippies and 1970s rock stars. Today the town draws mostly day-trippers from nearby Heraklion, its biggest tourist attractions an impeccable beach and several traditional taverns. Matala is in Heraklion Prefecture. Put Matala at the heart of your travel plans by using our Greece online trip planner .
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