Matala – Roman catacombs hidden high in the cliffs

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Minoan seaport

Matala, which is now mainly a tourist resort with a beautiful beach, was a small fishing village until the middle of the 20th century. Still, its past is definitely more interesting.


In the Minoan period Matala was the port of Phaistos. And later in Hellenistic and Roman times, it was the port of Gortyn. According to Homer, it was here that the ship of Menelaus crashed while returning from Troy.

Roman catacombs in sandstone cliffs

However, the most characteristic here are the sandstone cliffs with caves visible from a distance.

Sandstone cliffs and Roman catacombs
Entrance to a cave

In Roman times, the dead were buried in them. Later as many other Roman catacombs they were used by the first Christians.

Beautiful beaches and ruins of the Minoan town of Kommos

Matala and its surroundings with many beautiful sandy beaches attract crowds of holidaymakers. One of those beaches hides the ruins of the Minoan town of Kommos. It was probably the main port of Phaistos, once alongside Knossos, one of the most important Minoan towns in Crete.


Photographs of Matala and the surrounding area

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  • Sandstone cliffs
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