All-day Trip from Matala to North Crete

All-Day Trip from Matala to Northern Crete

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)

all-day trip

Follow this route to enjoy traditional culinary treasures of Crete, to visit one the most important archaeological sites of Greece and to relax on a lovely northern, blue sapphire beach.

ℹ️ Estimated minimum round trip time: 3 hours & 30' (188 km) | Estimated minimum cost per adult: 26€ | Estimated minimum fuel cost: 40€

Matala Village

Start from Matala village.

Gortys Archaeological Site south Crete Greece

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.

ℹ️ Admission: from 6€ /person, kids free
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 traditional tavern, central Crete


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...

ℹ️ Cost: from 10€/person
Time of stay: 2 hours

Wine Tasting Douloufakis Winery, Dafnes, Heraklion, Crete Greece

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...

ℹ️ Booking is required
Cost: from 8€/person, kids free
Time of stay: 1 hour - 1 hour and 30'


Windless Limanakia Sarantari Beach, Hersonissos north Crete

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...

ℹ️ Cost: depending on the options
Time of stay: free

Return to Matala
Free time

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.

Latest News from our winery are firstly available on Social Media...

Monday, 09 March 2020 The new vintage 2019 of "Aspros Lagos" or "White Hare" has just been released.

Monday, 09 March 2020 We are proud to present our new website that came out after a lot of work, writing and shooting.

Monday, 09 March 2020 Even during Winter, which is the dormant season, we keep up with the vineyard works!
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