Private Tour to South Crete: Ancient Gortyn, Monasteries and Matala Beach

An exciting journey from the North to the South! The route passes through the entire island capturing part of the Psiloritis massif. From the foot of the mountains stretches the delightful beauty of Messara valley, which has been the island's breadbasket for centuries. During the ride you will hear the information about the history of the island and the sights that you will visit. Then, you can enjoy a walk in the preserved part of the ancient Roman capital of Crete Gortis, which is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sights in Greece. Then you have the unique opportunity to visit 2 of the most ancient Orthodox monasteries on the island: Panagia Paliani and Kalyviani. Finishing the trip, you will have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of Matala beach and dine in one of the traditional taverns located along the coast. For pick-up from different location than listed, please, contact us.

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Matala Hippie Beach

This time we set out for the south of Crete through traditional villages and the famous beach of Matala.

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Royalty Matala Hippie Beach Tour TR

Matala Excursion, hippe beach This time we set out for the south of Crete. An amazing route to the center of Crete.

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South Crete-Matala Beach and Caves - Phaistos Palace - Organic Winery.

This Tour gives you the opportunity to Explore South Crete , away from big cities and tourist areas . We get the chance to visit a family organic winery, Festos Palace the second biggest in Crete and Matala Caves and beach . ACACIA TOUR MHTE1039e60000115201

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SeabyBus - All inclusive full day to Matala Beach-Spili Village-Kournas Lake

Let’s drive south-east and visit the picturesque village of Spili. Take a 60 min brake admiring a stone fountain, springs, chapels and churches with wonderful murals. Our next stop gives you the chance to experience Matala, a small village where in the 60s a group of backpacking hippies came from the four corners of the earth to find ready-made homes in the caves, express themselves, enjoy free love and create. The feeling of freedom, the beautiful beach, the welcoming bay and the azure blue waters form the ideal hippie scene. Unforgettable panoramic sights, the unique Mediterranean landscape and swimming in turquoise clean sea will be the most exciting memories of your holiday on the island! Along the way back, we make a stop at Lake Kournas, a popular tourist destination with many shops and tavernas where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the White Mountains reflected in the waters.

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South Crete - The gorge of the Eremits, Sunset in Matala

Don't miss this highlight and capture the South of Crete. Walk in the footsteps of the hermits and find your peace of mind when an extensive bath in one of the most stunning beaches of the South coast of the Libyan Sea. A wonderful combination of history, nature, hiking, swimming and a romantic sunset on the famous beach of Matala. Once a hippie and back.

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Matala - Agia Galini - Spili ( Small Group Tour)

For this excursion, you will be picked up from your hotel area by our airconditioned mini bus. The first stop is at the Spili village. You will have a chance to see a 100% traditional village with its well know lion-head fountains in the middle of the village. Walking along its cobbled streets you can explore the tourist shops which are full of traditional Cretan products. The next stop is at the amphitheatrically built village of AgiaGalini. Here will have 2,5 hrs to explore the village. The next stop is at Matala where you will have 3 hr of free time to enjoy the golden sandy beach. Matala is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also for its artificially carved caves that date all the way back to the Minoan period. These same caves were later occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60’s and 70’s. Many musicians have composed song about the beauty of Matala including Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. The bus will then take you back to your hotel ending this amazing excursion.

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Excursion to South Crete - Gortys Festos Matala

Discover the beautiful South Crete, Wonderful landscapes, archaeological sites and popular sandy beaches await you. Festos, Gortys, Matala are some of our top destinations.

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South Crete - Matala

Visit one of the most historic monasteries, the holy patriarchal and sacropelic Monastery of Odigitria. The Monastery of Odigitria is located on the mountainous massif of Asterousia Mountains in the south of the prefecture of Heraklion, which constitute the "Mount Athos" of Crete. The monastery includes a multitude of old chapels with remarkable frescoes. After a short drive through the Messara plain you reach Matala. Known for the colony of hippies in the Sixties, where they lived in large holes formed on the mountain.The rocks are holes with a Roman burial. In Matala you will have time for a refreshing dip in the water, eat something or just enjoy a drink on the beach.

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South Crete Tour

Drive through beautiful scenery and  the vineyards of South-Central Crete to the plain of Messara, the largest plain in Crete. Visit Phaestos Palace, an important center of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful ancient city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period through the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C. We will visit the palace with its superb architectural composition and construction, considered to be the finest and most typical of all Minoan palaces.  The tour ends at the coastal Matala, known for its wonderful sandy beach and the caves carved into the rocks. You can enjoy a swim and lunch before the return journey back.

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