Matala Travel Guide

Matala

Renowned in the 1960s as a stopover on the hippie trail, with Joni Mitchell immortalizing it in song, Matala today is a small, low-key beach resort that retains its flower-power vibe, although tourism is increasing. The 2nd-century AD Roman tombs cut in the cliff side, where the beatniks made their home, now attract day-trippers from Heraklion and make an impressive sight from the pleasant town beach.

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