Hotel's Location

In the fascinating Matala, in the southest side of Crete, the Matala Bay hotel is located, waiting for all of you who looking for the ideal destination for your next holidays.

Built up in the central gateway of Matala, on the foot of the mountain, surrounded by trees and greenery, with Cretan traditional style and RECENTLY REDECORATED, is our hotel Matala Bay placed! On the other side of the road, you can find the, recently builted up Αpartments!

The place of the hotel offers beautiful view to the mountain or the sea in addition with these peaceful moments you may looking for, away from the noise of the bars and the crowd. Furthermore, you always have the chance to go on foot, since the hotel is just 200 meters far, for a swim at the "Golden Beach" next to the natural caves from the Roman era or a walk to the local market, the cafes and the bars.

In this webpage you can read about the several ways to come to our hotel.


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by Air

Heraklion International Airport 'Nikos Kazantzakis' You can come to Heraklion and Crete fast and easily, with flight from Athens or several European cities and other cities outside Europe.

A lot of air companies flights several times a day to the airport of Heraklion. Moreover, a lot of charters flight to Heraklion from many countries.

Nowadays, you can find on-line the flight you prefer, book and buy your ticket by visiting the website of your favourite air company, most of them support this feature, or from any website that sell tickets from various companies. Of course, you can always ask your travel agent or make phone booking.

From Heraklion’s airport you can come to Matala by bus, by taxi or by car.

  • Athens International Airport 'Eleutherios Vanizelos'Athens International Airport "Eleutherios Vanizelos"
    Call Center: +30 210 3530000
  • Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis"
    Phone: +30 2810 228401
  • Olympic AirOlympic Air
    Reservations' Call Center: +30 210 35 50 500 and 801 801 01 01
  • Aegean AirAegean Airlines
    Reservations' Call Center from local land line: 801 11 20000
  • Athens AirwaysAthens Airways
    Reservations' Call Center: 210 - 6696 600 and 801 801 4000
  • Cyprus AirwaysCyprus Airways
    Reservations' Call Center: 210 - 3534312, 2810 342776 & 342789
  • AirTickets.grAirTickets.gr
    Make the reservation and buy your ticket on-line by choosing and compare ticket’s prices from a wide list of companies.
  • Viva.grViva.gr
    Book online air tickets, ship tickets, bus tickets, train tickets. Furthermore see the timetables of ships, buses, trains.

by Ship

Heraklion PortEvery day, ferries from several ship companies travel from Piraeus to Heraklion. The  trips are usually at night and you arrive at Heraklion early in the morning. Also remember that there are daily trips at exact days.

Nowadays, you can find on-line the ferrie you prefer, booking and buy your ticket by visiting the website of the appropriate ship company, most of them support this feature, or from any website that sell tickets from various ship companies. Of course, you can always ask your travel agent or make phone booking.

From Heraklion'’s port you can come to Matala by bus, by taxi or by car.

  • Minoan LinesMinoan Lines
    Reservations' Call Center: +30 210 4145700
  • ANEK LinesANEK
    Reservations' Call Center: +30 210 4197420
  • Superfast FerriesSuperFast Ferries
    Reservations' Phones: +30 210 89 19 130, 210 89 19 130
  • BlueStar FerriesBlueStar Ferries
    Reservations' Call Center for Greece: 18130 or Phone: 210-8919800
  • GreekFerries.grGreek Ferries
    Make the reservation and buy your ticket on-line by choosing and compare ticket’s prices from a wide list of companies.
  • Viva.grViva.gr
    Book online air tickets, ship tickets, bus tickets, train tickets. Furthermore see the timetables of ships, buses, trains.

by Bus

Bus After you arrive at Heraklion’s airport or harbour, you can, by taking a City Bus, go at Bus Station for Messara that is located at Chanioporta.

There are two bus stations for City busses (blue buses) one is at the Airport and the other is at the Port. First you have to get a bus ticket from a kiosk and then to wait for a little while at the nearest bus stop for the bus to come. You can tell the driver to stop at the Chanioporta (Chanion Porta). You can recognise the place from the National stadium of Heraklion or the Ancient Venetian Walls. The distance from the airport is about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic and from the port is less. The transport price is €1,10 approximately.

A few meters from the Bus Stop is the Bus Station for Messara.
On the other side, you can take a taxi from airport or harbour and transport you to the Bus Station. The transport price is €8,00 approximately.

From there you get your ticket and take the next bus for Matala. The distance is about 65 km, approximate duration 2 hours and you will have the chance to see several villages that the bus stops for a while. The transport price is 7,80 approximately.
There is regular bus service between Heraklion and Matala.

by Taxi

TaxiTaxis are quite cheap in Greece, so they can be considered a very convenient way of moving around in Crete.

Taxi fare structures are the same all over Greece and they are regulated by the Greek State. Taxis in cities and bigger towns MUST use the taximeter and the driver has to switch it on when you get in. If he forgets to do so, then ask him to.

There are two basic tariffs: Tariff 1 is the "day rate" used from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and Tariff 2 is the “night rate” valid from 12:00 pm to 5:00 am. Depending on the time of day and the journey the driver must select the correct rate. Also, Tariff 1 is used within the limits of the town or city where the taxi is registered and Tariff 2 is used outside that zone. Tipping taxi drivers in Greece is optional but common.

At Heraklion,  a Taxi station is placed outside of the arrival halls at the airport and at the port too. Besides, you can hail a taxi in the street or book one by phoning a local cab company. Also, you can get a taxi from a taxi stand, there are many at each town.

You can hire a taxi to come to Matala. When you intend to travel a long distance, then ask the driver how much he expects the fare to cost. For long distance trips there is certain tarrif. By doing so you will avoid unpleasant surprises. Also, remember that in the arrival halls of the airports or at the taxi stands outside the airport there are boards with the taxi fares to the most popular destinations.

The distance, from Heraklion’s airport or harbour, is about 72 km and the fare’s cost is approximate €€65. Furthermore, we offer you the chance, after contacting us, to have a taxi, arranged and hired from us, waiting for you in the airport or the harbour and get you in the hotel. In this case the cost is €€45.

  • RadioTaxi of Messara
    Phone: +30 28920 25055
  • RadioTaxi of Heraklion
    Call center: +30 2810 239 593
  • RadioTaxi Candia
    Call center: +30 2810 361 362, 2810 361 363

by Car

Με αυτοκίνητοBy having your own car, you can travel easily, independent and comfortable at any time wherever you want.

You can rent a car from a car rental office. There are plenty of them at the airport, the harbour and inside the city.

Travelling by car you can follow the road from Heraklion to Moires and continue for Matala. Furthermore, we can arrange for you, to rent the car you prefer from one co-operative car rental office, always at the best price. All you have to do, is contacting us and we'll manage the details so as you have the car you want at the time you want. There is parking area at the hotel.