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TransferPlan will transfer you from Heraklion airport to Matala as quickly, safely and comfortably as possible. Heraklion International Airport, "Nikos Kazantzakis" is the primary airport on the island of Crete and the country’s second busiest airport after Athens International Airport. It is located about 5 km east of the main city center of Heraklion, near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos. It is a shared civil/military facility.
The airport took its name after the Cretan native and most famous Heraklion resident Nikos Kazantzakis, who left his mark in Greek history as a novelist and philosopher. Heraklion Airport is Crete's largest and busiest airport, also serving as a connection between Agios Nikolaos, Malia, Hersonissos, Stalida, Elounda and other resort towns. The airport has been operating since the late 30s and its annual number of passengers is approximately 5 million. The airport serves both domestic and international flights.
Heraklion Airport is operating in a renovated and modern space since 1971. The airport complex has been expanded in order to accommodate increased traffic and serve an ever-increasing flight network. Especially during peak season, the airport gets really busy, thus some sporadic delays are expected.
The proximity of the airport to the Heraklion town allows the visitor some spare time to explore or simply wind out and have a nice lunch or drink in the local eateries. Furthermore, around the airport, one can find some excellent hotels and resorts in case an overnight stay is required. The historical site of Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum are also located nearby and can be easily reached from the airport with our help. Navigating through the airport can be a daunting task, airport staff will be readily available to assist you.
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TransferPlan will transfer you from and to Matala as quickly, safely and comfortably as possible. Matala is a village located 75 km south-west of Heraklion in the municipality of Phaistos.
Matala is nestled within the natural harbour of Messara Bay and adorned by sandy and pebble beaches. Legend has it that once god Zeus took the form of a flying bull to seduce princess Europa and according to the myth he brought her to the Matala beach. There he transformed into an eagle and flew with her to Gortys. Travellers chose the village of Matala as their base to explore eastern Crete as it is located conveniently close to the southern coast and away from the over-development of the northern side.
Matala will hold something for all kinds of travellers. The last few years it has become a favourite among visitors but still has managed to maintain its character as a place for peace and quiet. Matala started as a fishing village in the early 20th century and became infamous in the 60s and 70s for attracting visitors associated with the Hippie movement and lifestyle, which tradition lives on to the present day. The beach is paved with tamarisk trees and surrounded by awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs. Along the rock formations, one can notice some caves, embedded from the bottom to the top of the hill, thus creating a very unique and unusual landscape. The origin of the caves is unknown but one theory suggests that the caverns were constructed in order to be used as either Roman or early Christian tombs. More ancient ruins lie in the eastern side of the village and one can spot some underwater while snorkelling in Messara Bay.
Legend has it that Cape of Matala is the 'Cape of Nysos' referenced in Homer's Odyssey, which is the location where the ships of king Menelaus were wrecked. Visitors can find a decaying ancient temple in the South-East part of the settlement. Matala has been an important point for the Minoan period, as it operated as a port under the name of Phaistos. Around 220 B.C., under the Roman Empire, the port became known as the port of Gortys. Underwater ruins have been recovered by archaeologists dating back to that era and reveal the layout of the settlement. Lastly, in a nearby cave one can find the church of Virgin Mary, which was used as a catacomb for Christian burials at the times of persecution. The rich historical legacy has saved the region from gentrification and over-development and Matala is protected under the program NATURA 2000.
This place of south-west Crete will offer you numerous adventures and the relaxation you need on your holidays.
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