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South Crete (Matala excursion)

South Crete (Matala excursion)

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South Crete (Matala Excursion): The journey starts with a little history in Ancient Gortyna, then straight for a swim on the beach of what it use to be the colony of the “flower children”, MATALA! The excursion operates every Wednesday, Sunday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara, Lygaria, Agia Pelagia). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours in Gortys. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, German, and Italian.


Tour info

1 day
Tour Type:
Culture Tour
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ.

Bus Drive: 1 hour 30 minutes

1st stop: Gortys Site – 1 hour: Visit the unique archaeological place at the South of Crete, with sights from all periods of the 5000 years Cretan history.

Bus Drive: 20 minutes

2nd stop: Matala – 4 hours 30 minutes: Arrival at the Hippies Beach of Matala. Our participants will have plenty of free time to enjoy swimming, explore the famous caves, or have lunch at the most popular hippies shelter during the eras of 60’s & 70’s.

End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

Bus Drive: 1 hour 30 minutes

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South Crete (Matala excursion): Tour to Matala Hippies Beach & Gortys Archaeological Site

(Disclaimer: Not all the parts shown on this video are scheduled to be visited on this excursion)

Spend a day in the south part of Heraklion Region. Discover its coast and scenic landscapes of Matala, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea and take a walk to the world-wide known Caves of the Village, the shelter of the hippies during the 60’s & 70’s. Enjoy the views over the bay and walk around the streets of the village to do some souvenir shopping or have lunch. During this tour you will also visit, the archaeological site of Gortyn, the Roman capital of the island of Crete which area was first inhabited around 7000 BC.

Pick-up's from:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion), Lygaria, Agia Pelagia. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Wednesday, Sunday

English, French, German, Italian: All days

Tour includes:
✔ Air-conditioned transportation with pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel or a nearby location
✔ Professional Driver
✔ The assistance of a tour escort throughout the tour
✔ Local taxes are included in the tour package to avoid any additional charges
✔ Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ to ensure your safety and security during the tour

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot (optional):
• Archaeological Site Entrance: 6€
• Entrance to the caves: 4€
• Lunch / Drinks

Tour highlights:
• Visit the Archaeological Site of Gortys
• Enjoy a day in Matala Hippies Beach
• Explore the famous caves by the beach
• Swim in the crystal-clear waters
• Explore the Village and get lunch by the sea

Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Swimsuit / Beach towel
• Comfortable shoes
• Water

South Crete

8-9 hours approximately - 150 Km

This time we set out for the south of Crete. Our first stop is the ancient city of Gortys, one of the most significant ancient cities of Crete and one of the largest archaeological sites of Greece. You will be fascinated by St. Titus’ Church, the Chamber of the Law Code, the Odeon and the natural beauty of the landscape: the square with the everlasting gnarled olive trees and the evergreen plane tree, where Zeus and Europe had their wedding ceremony.

After a short journey through traditional villages, we reach the famous beach of Matala. This is the place where Zeus, having taken the form of 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 harbour. 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 the steep rocks of the area.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old  (Free of charge)

Booking Guiding Lines:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, on the table below

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Escorted Tours. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra's if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here's a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:

SOUTH CRETE (Matala excursion)

Pickup timetable

Pick up place Pick up time
Sissi 07:00
Nikos hotel - Filipidis S/M 07:10
Malia church 07:10
Malia Bay - Malia Park - Sirens 07:05
Drossia - Kernos Beach - Ikaros Village 07:20
Alexander Beach - Ariadni 07:25
Cactus - Aktia 07:25
Mochos Cross 07:30
Stalis bus stop - Blue sea 07:30
Nana B/S - Mediterraneo 07:35
Belvedere - Eri bus stop 07:35
Silva Beach - Pela Maria 07:40
National Bank - Chalkiadakis S/M 07:40
Koutouloufari (Esperides Resort) 07:40
Piscopiano well (pigadi) 07:40
Mathioudakis - Creta Maris 07:45
Hersonissos Village 07:45
Knossos Royal - Royal Mare - Annabelle 07:50
Cretan Village - Laguna - Chrissi Amoudia 07:55
Serita - Zorbas – Anissa - Bella - Lytos 08:00
Analipsi Beach  Road 08:05
Analipsi Bus stop 08:05
Amirantes B/S 08:10
Gouves Beach  Road 08:10
Gouves Cross-Lavris 08:15
Gournes Church 08:15
Rinela - Hatzis 08:20
Knossos Beach - Arina 08:25
Karteros - Amnissos 08:25
Astoria Hotel - Galaxy Hotel 08:30
Heraklion port - 18 Agglon Sq. (Koules fortress roundabout) 08:30
Natural History Museum 08:30
Talos Plaza (outside Envy Cafe) 08:30
Giofyros (Meliriton) 08:50
Amoudara 08:55
Agia Pelagia - Lygaria: Pick-ups are available from any accommodation in Agia Pelagia and Lygaria via shuttle service. A minimum of 2 adult participants is required. 08:25

LET US HELP! Please don't hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!

1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.

► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.


All you need to know about Matala Crete in this article:
- Matala's History
- Tips (What will you see, What to do)
- Nearby attractions
- Useful information about Matala
ARTICLE: Why Matala Crete Should be in Your Bucket List!


For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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