Matala
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From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

1. From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then travel by air-conditioned minibus to the pretty village of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete. Get an hour to explore the village and its traditional houses and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee in the harbor area. Continue to the village of Matala to enjoy 3 hours on the golden sandy beach, or use the time to explore the artificial caves carved into the bay in the Minoan period. Occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60s and 70s, the amazing attraction inspired artists such as Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan. End your tour with a visit to the village of Spili, located in the foothills of Mount Vorizis, 430 meters above sea level. Wander the cobblestone streets to see the famous lion-head fountains and browse the gift shops for souvenirs of traditional products from Crete. Return to Rethymno by minibus and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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From Heraklion: South Crete Small-Group Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Heraklion: South Crete Small-Group Day Trip with Lunch

Explore the highlights of southern Crete on a guided full-day trip from Heraklion. Enjoy a small-group tour of some of the region's most popular sights.  Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the bus that will take you to your first stop, Phaistos. Along the way, take in scenic views of the Messara winegrowing region's mountains and vineyards. At Phaistos, explore the ruins of a medieval city and the second-largest palace in Crete. Learn more about the history of the complex from your guide and enjoy panoramic views of the Ida Mountains and the Lassithi Massif. Afterward, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea in the former fishing village of Matala and take a walk to the world-famous cliffside caves. Then, tuck into a delicious lunch with views over the bay. On the way back to Heraklion, stop at the monastery of Odigitria. Here, witness 2 tholos tombs and let yourself be enchanted by the monastery's charm before heading back to your hotel.

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Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

3. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

Journey into the wild and untamed side of Crete by Land Rover. Visit quiet, spiritual Agiofarago with its wild beauty, then experience the contrast of noisy Matala with its hippie style. After being picked up from your hotel, drive south through the plain of Messara, to Agiofarago: the gorge of the Saints. Enjoy a drink in the traditional village of Siva, then stop at the 14th century Odigitria Monastery. From there the rugged dirt tracks will lead you to Agiofarago. Stretch your legs along a 30 minute path crossing the gorge, scattered with oleander and olive trees. Discover a beautiful beach stretching to the Libyan Sea, where you can swim and snorkel. Enjoy a delicious picnic with local Cretan products. Continue to Matala, a small but crowded village, with a long sandy beach and crystal clear deep waters. Explore carved Roman tombs, have a swim at the beach, and eat lunch in a traditional local tavern.

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What people are saying about Matala

Tour guide Babara is the best! We had such an incredibly beautiful day, first in Spili, then on to Agia Galini and as a highlight at the end to Matala. Barbara told and designed everything so interestingly. The times were perfectly matched to the respective goal so that you had enough time to explore everything everywhere. The driver took us everywhere safely and safely. We will be back definitely! Thank you for the unforgettable trip. ☀️

The best tour in 2021! Pickup in time, stops well organized,enough time everywhere, lovely stories about Crete from the guide, perfect little tips about where to go, what to photograph.. excellent german and english, genuine love for Crete, quite excellent skills in communication, a long with very scenic places in south crete, driving through magnificent Mountains. Love it and recommend!

The trip was smooth and they take you to the great places, such as a small village, a quiet beach and a more energetic beach afterwards with so many small and cool shops! Barb and Costas were so welcoming for our 2nd participation after Elafonissi Beach and we were so glad we joined the tour again! Highly recommend:) Thank you Markidis Travel! Satoko and Paul

Nice tour to get to know the mentioned places and see some of the landscape. Our tour guide was very welcoming and provided us with a lot of information about Crete. Absolutely to be recommended.

I would recommend this excursion to anyone, it was definitely worth it! You got a lot to see and had enough time to explore the place and cool off in the water.