Matala is a coastal village in southern Crete near Phaistos, the second most important Minoan palace in Crete. Matala became famous when the 1960s arrived here hippies from all over the world to live in the famous caves of Matala located next to the beach. Matala is ideal for those who want to spend their holidays close to beautiful beaches, great archaeological sites and many villages retain traditional color. Shiva and Kamilari is traditionally nearby villages, and a radius of 20 km you will find much more. Matala are not offered for crazy nightlife and revelry, but there are enough bars to have a drink and listen to music by the sea. For those interested in the history of Crete, Phaistos (Minoan Palace), Holy Trinity (Minoan Villa) and the city Gortyn is very close to Matala. The beach of Matala is wonderful, while in the region is still the beach Kokkini Ammos and beach Kommos.