South Crete: Gortys - M. Odigitrias - Matala (full day tour).
The journey starts with a little history in Ancient Gortyna, we move south to a beautiful monastery (Odigitrias) with breathtaking view of the libyan sea, so that we end up to what use to be the colony of the “flower children”, MATALA!.
Malia, Stalis, Chersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsis, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Karteros, Heraklion city, Ammoudara (Gazi).
Pick-up service at or near your hotel, Full time guided tour.
Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Entrance to Gortys 6€, Matala 3€.
Gortys Site, Odigitrias Monastery, Matala Beach.
8 hours approximately - 150 km.
This time we set out for the south of Crete. Our first stop is the ancient city of Gortys, one of the most significant ancient cities of Crete and one of the largest archaeological sites of Greece. You will be fascinated by St. Titus’ Church, the Chamber of the Law Code, the Odeon and the natural beauty of the landscape: the square with the everlasting gnarled olive trees and the evergreen plane tree, where Zeus and Europe had their wedding ceremony.
Leaving the majestic site of Gortys, we head towards the Odigitria Monastery, dedicated to Virgin Mary, run and inhabited by monks. It was built during the 14th century and is one of the most historical monasteries on Crete, with a vast land property. It was named after the most famous miraculous icon in the Byzantine Empire. Initially built as a fortress, it still preserves some parts of its original walls.
After a short journey through traditional villages, we reach the famous beach of Matala. This is the place where Zeus, having taken the form a bull, swam ashore with Europa on his back before dragging her off to Gortys. Both the Minoans and the Romans used the place as their harbor. Nevertheless, for most people, Matala means only one thing: hippies. Back in the late 1960s - 1970s, this little town was a colony of the “flower children”, who lived in the caves that used to be former Roman tombs. Here we will enjoy the crystal waters, the warm sun and lunch by the sea, while later, we can explore the prehistoric caves, carved on the steep rocks of the area.
Adults: Over 12 years old (Full fare)
Children: 5-12 years old (50% discount)
Infants: 0-4 years old (Free of charge)
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