Location

Villa Matala

Villa Matala is located near the center of the village Sivas, a few kilometers from the area of Matala.

The city of Heraklion is 47 km away. The village Bali is 44 km from the complex.

The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, which is 49 km away from the villas.

Sivas

Sivas is a village and community of the Municipality of Timbaki in the Pyrgiotissi region on the southwestern part of the plain of Messara, at an altitude of 110 meters and 62 km from Heraklion.

There are several versions of the origin of the name with the predominant being the abundance of natural resources in the region (“siva” in Arabic means “source”).
The village is the birthplace of Saint John Xenos, who worked for the revival of Orthodoxy in Crete after its liberation by the Saracens from Nikephoros Fokas in 961 AD. The birthplace of the saint is now called Tzovayeri (from the Turkish Cevahir which means diamond).

The name Siva can be found twice in the prefecture of Heraklion. However, it’s relationship with Shiva, the God of the Indians, is unknown.

Matala

Matala is a small seaside village and a famous beach in southern Crete in the prefecture of Heraklion. Their location is on the west coast of the Pyrgiotissi province and is 70.6 kilometers from Heraklion. Matala Beach has been inhabited since antiquity, and became famous as a hippie place in the 1960s and 1970s. The village used to be a fishing village and nowadays it mainly lives on tourism.

On the steep shore of the village there are artificial caverns (and underwater caves) carved into the rock. It is supposed that they were graves. Some have rooms, stairs and windows.

The caves remained empty for thousands of years until the 1960s when wandering hippies discovered and inhabited them for some time. The caves appear to have been permanently closed around 1977.

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