Matala Beach Excursion

Matala Beach - South Crete
9 hours

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Weekly Schedule


A Matala Beach excursion promises a day of discovery and relaxation along the stunning coastal scenery of Crete.

Our excursion bus will pick you up in the morning. Then we will drive through beautiful landscapes and traditional villages, such as Mires and Timbaki. We will reach the south coast, the picturesque village of Matala, with its famous beach. Matala 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 a harbor. Our tour guide will be with you at all times. He will explain the history of the area while on route and provide valuable information for your stay at Matala.

Matala Beach

Here you can explore the prehistoric caves in the cliffs of the beach. They were once the homes of the early Christians on the island.
Nevertheless, for most people, “Matala caves” mean: “Hippies, the children of the flowers”. During the ’60s and 70’s the caves hosted one of the largest international Hippie communities worldwide.

At the beach of Matala, you will have plenty of time (3 hours) to swim in the clear waters and sunbathe enjoying the warmth of the sun on the golden sand.

You will also have the optional opportunity to taste local dishes in one of the small waterfront taverns in the area.

Whether exploring the intriguing caves, enjoying the sun-kissed shores, or revelling in the bohemian spirit of the area, Matala Beach enchants visitors with its fusion of history, natural splendour, and coastal vibe.


Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Pack a swimming suit, a towel, a hat, snorkel equipment, sun glasses, and a sun cream.


We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. The Matala Beach Excursion is €35 for an adult, and €17.50 for a child. Infants are free.

Important Information


08:30-09:30: Bus Departure from Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.

11:30: Arrival at Matala

15:30: Departure from Matala

We spend all day on this exotic beach, swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and enjoying this piece of paradise. 4 hours stop.

17:30-18:30: Approx return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.

Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas. Our Customer Service will provide you with the correct timing and a google map pin point for its exact location.

Days and Languages

Monday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian.

Thursday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian.


✅ Hotel pick up & drop off area: Heraklion, Hersonisos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalida-Stalis, Ammoudara.

✅ Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Free time for swimming.

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

❌ All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

Not Suitable

This tour is suitable for all people and ages.

Matala Beach Excursion

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