The caves in Matala

Matala is a small village at the south side of Crete, where the Lybian sea is, there is a beautiful bay there with a sandy beach. The beach and the caves of Matala are well known all over the world because during the 1960s and ’70s hippies from all over the world lived there. They had no rules, no bills and no restrictions. They were free people living from nature in nature.

Every year now you have the chance to relive the hippie atmosphere here in Matala, every third weekend of June there is a hippie festival where ‘everything’ is allowed.

When I go to Matala I usually have lunch in Taverne Minos Palace, Stefanos cooks here for 24 years now, no need to say more about it’s kitchen. The staff is very friendly and professional too, just give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Gortyn’s olive tree

This olive tree probably saw the Romans build the tempel and odeon in the ancient city of Gortyna during the first century AD. But it also saw the city being destroyed by the Arabs in 828AD. After this destruction live was quiet around it, and then from the 19th century on escavations started in the area and the tree came to its right as all these years it was embrasing and protecting a pillar put there by the Romans.