Matala is the most
ancient village in the whole of Crete.
It is located 66 kilometers from Herakleion,
on the southern coast of the island.
Once a small fishing village, today it has developed into a
tourist resort. It has by far the best-known beach in the Herakleion
province mainly because of the famous caves cut into the
cliffs above its beautiful sands. During the 1st and 2nd century CE
the caves were used as tombs by the Romans. Some caves
may even have been used as
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