The experience starts from Heraklion heading south to Matala. In the 1960’s, hippies from all over the world flocked to the area and lived in the caves as part of their beliefs and way of life. Along the road, we come across many vineyards and olive groves of the fertile plain of Messara.
We stop at the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, a monastery that is famous for its charitable work. The compound of the monastery that was gradually formed around the 14th-century single-nave church became very famous in the 19th century because of the presence of a miraculous icon.
We then visit the Palace of Phaistos, where the famous Phaistos Disc was unearthed and whose script was only recently deciphered.
Our next stop is the famous Matala beach where you will visit the caves where the hippies used to live (Roman tombs) and cool off with a swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea.
Duration: 5 – 7 hours
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