Matala, in the past a small fishermen's village, nowadays a touristic resort and attraction is located 70kms southwest of Heraklion city. Mostly known from the 60's hippie commune and the imposing rockside full of carved caves. The beautiful pebbled beach is organized with umbrellas and along the coast there's a big variety of cafes, tavernas, restaurants and bars. Nightlife is vivid and during summer music festivals are held, attracting thousands of people around the globe. Accommodation is quite cheap, there are a lot of rooms to let, apartments , small hotels and a camping site. Close to Matala, you can visit the very unique Red beach if you follow the indicated trail and walk about 20 minutes. Enjoy!