Mátala was the ancient port of Phaistos and Gortys and a former fishing community which has developed into a modern holiday center. It is located 4 km south-west of the village of Pitsidia and 68 km from Iraklion. It is built on the coast line of the Messara bay inside a small and picturesque inlet.The turquoise blue sea, and the red disk of the sun which sets in the evening horizon create a hue of colors that evoke novel emotions.


 There are many hotels, rooms for rent and guest houses both in the village and a little farther into the valley.The picturesque local taverns on the beach of Mátala (GR: Μάταλα) are ideal for romantic and carefree nights. Enjoy the local wine and snaps (raki) with a traditional meal or fresh fish from the Libyan sea.There are also music bars and cafés around the beach front.The local market with its bazaar atmosphere is also very interesting and has something for everyone to buy, from local produce to various artifacts – like olive wood curved items and official museum reproductions.There is a post office, card/coin telephone, ATMs, book store, bakery and super – market.

Sailing conditions

Matala is short  deep beach with sand and small rocks. Thermal winds during summer period June, July and August. When wind blows from NorthWest, West and SouthWest direction big waves in the beach.


Weather statistics

Στιγμιότυπο 2014-12-11, 8.29.41 μ.μ.

Security advices

No local security assistance with rescue boat, too small beach with lot of swimmers during summer months.

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