Cave in Matala

Matala Caves

It’s clearly these caves that make Matala unique and not just because of the hippie connection. Hewn into the porous sandstone cliffs in prehistoric times, they were used as tombs by the Romans under whom Matala was…
Beach in Matala

Red Beach

Matala’s main beach below the caves is a lovely crescent but often gets uncomfortably crammed. To escape the crowds, follow signs to Red Beach, reached in a 30-minute scramble over the rocks. It’s hardly a secret bu…
Church in Matala

Church of Our Lady

Easily overlooked, this pint-sized chapel was carved straight out from a cliff, apparently during Venetian times. It contains some lovely icons and carved iconostasis. Follow the signs (enter from opposite Petra and…