Matala (ma-ta-la), on the coast 11km southwest of Phaestos, first made it into the history books as the place where Zeus, in the form of a bull, swam ashore with Europa on his back before dragging her off to Gortyna. The Minoans used Matala as their harbour for Phaestos and under the Romans it became the port for Gortyna. Ruins of these ancient settlements are still visible on the seabed...
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