Around Matala attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Around Matala

Gortyna

Gortyna (also Gortyn or Gortys) has been inhabited since Neolithic times but reached its pinnacle after becoming the capital of Roman Crete from around 67 BC until the Saracens raided the island in AD 824. At its pe…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Around Matala

Phaestos

Phaestos was the second-most-important Minoan palace-city after Knossos and enjoys an awe-inspiring setting with panoramic views of the Messara Plain and Mt Psiloritis. It was built around 1700 BC atop an older, pre…
Museum in Around Matala

Museum of Cretan Ethnology

Well worth a detour to Vori, this nonprofit museum lifts the curtain on how rural people lived on the island until well into the 20th century. The English-labelled exhibits are organised around such themes as food p…
Beach in Around Matala

Kommos Beach

Located 2km north of Matala near Pitsidia and reached by a steep and winding road, the sun-kissed sands of Kommos hug Messara Bay in one of the region's most idyllic settings (especially when viewed from above). Sig…
Wildlife Reserve in Around Matala

Agia Marina Donkey Sanctuary

This place is for animal lovers. The passionate folk at Kiwi-run Agia Marina Donkey Sanctuary feed and care for abandoned donkeys. At research time, 22 donkeys were in their care, along with a gaggle of geese, goats…
Archaeological Site in Around Matala

Kommos

The Minoan site of Kommos, 3km north of Matala above a fantastic wide and sandy beach, is believed to have been the port of the mighty palace-city Phaestos, some 6km northwest of here. Although it's fenced off, it’s…
Monastery in Around Matala

Moni Odigitrias

About 6km south of Sivas, Moni Odigitrias is a historic monastery with a tower from which the monks fought off the Turks, the Germans and the odd pirate. A rickety ladder leads to the top for superb views. Afterward…
Archaeological Site in Around Matala

Agia Triada

In an enchanting spot 3km west of Phaestos, Agia Triada encompasses vestiges of an L-shaped royal villa, a ramp once leading out to sea, and a village with residences and stores. Built around 1550 BC, Agia Triada su…
Archaeological Site in Around Matala

Minoan Tomb

Amid fields just outside Kamilari stands a fenced-in, extraordinarily well-preserved circular Minoan tomb with 2m-high stone walls. Side rooms were used for ritual purposes. Follow signs to Tympaki and, just after t…