Matala, the famous hippie village in the south of Crete. It is located about 68km from the capital Heraklion and is known for its caves. There is a beautiful sandy beach, 300m long, with fine pebbles and crystal clear deep water. Around Matala you will find many options for accommodation, entertainment and food. In the evening the bars on the beach are crowded with many people, both locals and foreigners. Especially in June, the internationally renowned Matala Festival takes place.
The beach of Komos, with its golden sand, stretches for more than two kilometers on the western edge of the fertile Messara plain. Up to 40 m wide in places, it is bordered by a belt of dunes, the cliffs of which are surmounted by tamarisk trees in places. At the end of the beach towards Kalamaki beach is a nudist area. With just a few minutes walk away is one of the famous archaeological sites. The sand is of high quality, the beach is very clean and there are many fish to be seen when snorkeling.
A magical destination for lovers of quiet, almost lonely holidays that southern Crete has to offer. A well-hidden "diamond" awaits sought-after travelers who are adventurous and make the effort to keep unforgettable memories. In the south of Heraklion, after the village of Sivas in Messara, we meet the monastery of Odigitria, where the asphalt road ends and the adventure begins. Almost ten kilometers of rugged road that requires the right vehicle, with places where you have to open and close the fences to pass, lead you to a small gorge ending at your destination, Vathi beach. A natural sheltered harbor which the ancients say was a haven for pirates when the sea was raging. The beauty of the wild landscape combined with the colors of the water that the deep blue alternates with the turquoise and the blue between the mountains is your reward for the tiring but beautiful path until you reach your destination and reach your destination. ...
A peaceful and secluded village on the south coast of Crete, Lentas is an amazing destination if you are looking for a more authentic and traditional experience. Protected by high mountains and two small peninsulas, the small village and beaches of Lendas are worth visiting for the excellent atmosphere. Untouched by mass tourism, this secluded beachfront village can be easily reached for a day trip from the Matala area. The village offers several interesting historical sights, but the real attraction is its stunning location and setting. There is a small but charming beach right in the village, while the nearby coast has other stunning beaches, some of which are preferred by nudists.
The natural beach of Afrathias in one of the last hidden places in Crete and at the same time close to the famous places like Phaistos Palace, Matala, Komos Beach, the Psiloritis Mountains with its wonderful gorges and valleys. You will enjoy the silence of the area, there are no hotels at this beach, just a small tavern and some private holiday houses. This place is perfect for those, who want to relax in a quiet area and enjoy nature. Once you visit the Area of Afrathias and experience the enchanting atmosphere and warm hospitality of this amazing place, you will want to come back time and time again.
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Heraklion Prefecture. It is minutes south of Matala, the famous summer resort and former hippie hideaway. You can reach the beach by following a path that starts from Matala and stretches south for about 800 meters. There are some rocks on your way up to a steep cliff at the end, but it's a fairly easy passage. And above all, it's worth it. Once you reach the beach you will be amazed by its beauty. The sand is red (hence the beach's name) and the water is blue-green and crystal clear. This is a unique landscape protected under the international program Natura 2000. The beach is not organized except for a few umbrellas and a small "Mochito Bar". You won't leave this place before sunset. Note that the beach has been naturist-friendly since the hippie era (it was actually voted one of the best naturist-friendly beaches in the world).
Crete's winter climate is similar to southern Spain and Cyprus. These regions have the warmest winters in Europe. The winter climate (see Crete weather for November, December, January, February and March) is of course much milder than anywhere further north, but apart from November it is not suitable if you are looking for a beach holiday. It can still be a wonderful time to visit and escape the gray of a northern European winter. You won't become an anonymous tourist and you can get closer to "normal" life on Crete. Crete is green and the mountains are snow-capped (usually from December), which makes everything much nicer than during the dry summer. You will see many spring flowers from January.