Matala is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Crete and certainly the most famous beach of Heraklion. It is famous for the carved caves.
Matala is located at the exit of a small valley, which forms a large enclosed bay with nice view to the islands of Paximadia. The bay is a beautiful long sandy beach, 300m long, with fine gravel and crystal clear deep water.
The beach is very well organized with umbrellas, toilets, showers, lifeguard, first aids, beach volley courts, snack bars, water sports, excursion boats, etc. Around Matala you will find many options for entertainment and eating. Also, a large part of the beach is covered by tamarisk trees, where you can find shade. In the evenings, the bars on the beach are full with many people, both locals and foreigners. Especially in June, the internationally renowned Matala Festival takes place.