Agiofarago is a picturesque canyon south of Matala. Its name is a testament to the traveller's goal centuries ago. Legend has it that, centuries ago, the caves were inhabited by hermits who lived off of the fruits and vegetables the canyon offered. They were said to gather at the "goumenospilio", a cave that can be seen and admired today by any visitor. There, they each had a rock to sit on. If someone wasn't in attendance of the meeting, it meant that he had passed away.
You can cross the canyon and admire the rare beauty as well as the old church, Agio Antonio (St. Antonio), which was the area's religious centre during the time of the hermits. In the church's yard there is a well, which still has drinkable water. Around half an hour's walk further down, you can enjoy a swim and relax at the beach.
Monastery of Arkadi
A historic monastery of Crete, known for its contribution to the struggle against slavery, with its peak the holocaust of November 8, 1866. The monastery has a museum that is small yet significant for the history of Crete.
This beach (Red Beach) aka Kokkini Ammos is a secluded beach which can be reached only by foot – with the reddish sand that bestows on it its name, and turquoise waters. It is open to the strong south winds, and not very organized – just a few um...