Follow the suggested routes according to the schedule, so that all the following places are open according to their regular schedule.
Opening Hours of Douloufakis Winery (Booking is required)
FROM MATALA TO NORTHERN CRETE
ℹ️ Estimated minimum round trip time: 3 hours & 30' (188 km) | Estimated minimum cost per adult: 26€ | Estimated minimum fuel cost: 40€
Start from Matala village.
Gortys Archaeological Site
Drive northeast and reach Ancient Gortys (Gortyna) in 30’. Admire the "Gortyn Code", the oldest legislative code in Europe.
Discover every detail of the capital city of Crete during the Roman period. and do not be disappointed by the lack of organization. Don't forget to cross the road, the other side is worth it.
Time of stay: 1 hour & 15'
Be sure to have water and snacks while arriving at the archaeological site, as there is not always an open convenience shop there. If you don’t hire a tour guide, it would be helpful to read a traveler book with information about the ancient that city of Gortys, which existed during the heroic times, as it is referenced by Homer.
Agroikies Restaurant, Agios Thomas
Drive northeast and continue northeast of the village of Agia Varvara. In 25' you reach Agroikies, just before the village of Agios Thomas. Enjoy traditional home-made food, coffee and unhindered mountain view. More...
Time of stay: 2 hours
Douloufakis Winery, Dafnes
Drive in south direction. Passing through a beautiful vineyard area, you’ll reach Douloufakis winery in Dafnes within 30'.
Tour the winery and fermentation area before cozying up in the tasting room. Finally, follow the steps of a wine tasting and enjoy wines from local and international varieties. More...
Cost: from 8€/person, kids free
Time of stay: 1 hour - 1 hour and 30'
Sarandaris Coves, Hersonissos
Drive north to Heraklion and then east. You reach Sarandaris Coves ("Limanakia" in Greek) within 45’. Choose which one of the windless beaches, organized or not, for relaxing and enjoy swimming. Stay until late and enjoy the magical night view of Hersonissos Bay from the chapel of Agios Georgios. More...
Time of stay: free
Return to Matala
Drive west to Heraklion and then southwest to Matala and arrive within 1 hour and 30’. Otherwise, enjoy the nightlife in Hersonissos, 10’ away and stay overnight there.