Casa Liaya is a complex which consists of four studios (Karma, Gioia, Amare and Felice). The complex is on the old Matala Road just a 15-20 minute walk from the Matala beach, the legendary hippie caves and the Center of the town. The complex is ideal for those who want to party but also want a quiet and secluded spot to relax and enjoy a quiet nights sleep. The studios were completely renovated in May 2018 and they offer cooking facilities and equipment, free wifi and a flat screen TV.
The artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age. Matala was the port of Phaistos during the Minoan period. In the year 220 BC., Matala was occupied by the Gortynians, and during the Roman period, Matala became the port of Gortys. In the 1st and 2nd centuries, the caves were used as tombs. One of the caves is called "Brutospeliana" because according to the legend it was frequented by the Roman general Brutus.
Matala was then a fishing village. In the 1960s, the caves were occupied by hippies who were later driven out by the church and the military junta. Now Matala is a small village living mainly from tourism. The legendary Matala festival reunites the hippies from around the world and brings thousands of people in the area.
Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell's experiences with the Matala hippies were immortalised in her 1971 song "Carey".
Ruins of the ancient city are still visible on the seabed as the ancient city was sunk in the sea. The archaeological pick has unearthed some traces of the palaces built by the nobles from the ancient cities of Phaistos and Gortys. There is also a cave known as "Brutospeliana" and legend has it that it was frequented by the Roman general Brutus. Owing to its exceptional natural beauty, Matala became the meeting place of the "Flower Children" in 1968. Although their conference failed to realize, yet they were compensated by the incomparable beauty of the area, which so much contrasts with the concept of destruction and war.
Size: 30 m2.
Amenities: 2 x Cable TV, 2 x TV, 2 x internet connection, 2 x air conditioning, 2 x heating, 2 x On street parking, 2 x Mountain View, 2 x ATM/Cash Machine, 2 x Fishing, 2 x Scuba Diving, 2 x Snorkeling, 2 x Parking, 2 x Sports - swimming, 2 x Local groceries;
Bathroom: toilet, shower;
Bedroom: double bed, Balcony;
Kitchen: Cookware Kitchen Utensils, fridge, coffee maker;