In addition to the famous caves, Matala attracts day and night with a beautiful beach and the lively mix of cafes, bars and various taverns.
Although Matala has become a popular tourist destination, it has retained the charm and character of the small fishing village and the relaxed hippie lifestyle of the 1960s and 1970s lives on. The right part of the beach is lined with tamarisk trees and leads to impressive sandstone rock formations with their famous caves.
Today is Life, tomorrow never comes
In the 60’s and 70’s Matala was the most famous hippie place in Greece. It has brought world-famous musicians to Matala, such as Joni Mitchell, who immortalized Matala and the Mermaid Café in the 1971 song “Carey”. Although the small fishing village has grown a lot in recent years and has adapted to tourism, the atmosphere of that time is still clearly noticeable today.
It’s fun to walk through the streets and to rummage in the small shops. The Matala auftfrei makes it even more relaxed! Visit the Primate (it closes at the end of 2022), the Symfiliosis gallery, Moozart, small ceramic shops and the clothes and jewelry shops. Here you will always find something, whether for you or as a gift for your loved ones
Matala – a piece of peace
Locals and friends meet at the MOUSIKO CAFE and MAD IRIE on the Platia. Here you quickly make interesting contacts! At Michelle’s in Mad Irie there is often live music and on Sundays there is a vegetarian buffet with very tasty food! Since 2022 there has been a roof terrace where you can watch the hustle and bustle of Matala from a relaxed distance.
For a long time, the Akuna bar was the reason not to leave Matala until the early hours of the morning. With new operators came a new name: Hippie cave – but most of the staff and the menu have remained the same. But you can still eat, drink and dance to the sounds of rock and reggae. The Marinero is still there for you with DJs and live music and invites you to dance the night away.
For a few years now, the corner of Kalua and Minion Bar has established itself here, you simply cannot avoid a drink at night and often stay out longer than you think.
For dinner we recommend GEORGE’s YARD. Here you can follow what is happening on the street from the slightly elevated terrace while enjoying an excellent meal. The charming hosts always have great insider tips ready.
Another highlight is the ZWEI-BRÜDER tavern in the town centre. In addition to Greek dishes, you will also find crispy oven pizzas and great cocktails here.
The fish taverns Plaka and Skala offer waterfront terraces and great views of the beach and the hustle and bustle. The food is very good, albeit a bit more expensive.
Behind the Skala stone steps lead to Taverna SUNSET. Here you can find local food, some of which is still prepared by Grandma Anna herself. Particularly popular because of the breathtaking view of the other side of Messara Bay and the sunset, as the name suggests