Matala became famous worldwide in the 70's, when the hippies moved in masses in the area and inhabited the famous caves. It is an area of unique and special beauty, which is located 67km southwest of Heraklion.

It is inhabited from the prehistoric years and it is said that the caves were homes to prehistoric people. Inside some caves, tombs of the Roman times were found. At the ancient times, Matala together with the nearby settlement Kommo, constituted the port of Faistos. Archeological researches brought to light many ancient shipwrecks at this area.

Nowadays Matala are one of the most popular places in the prefecture of Heraklion. In this picturesque settlement work many small businesses of any kind which are based on tourism.