Crete beach hippy festival.
A popular holiday resort on the island of Crete is to stage a three-day music festival to recall it's 'hippy' past. The beach caves at Matala were a favourite haunt of hippies in the 1960s and 1970s and inspired songs by such music legends as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchel.
The Matala resort has changed beyond recognition since its hippy days but the three-day festival has triggered a sharp rise in bookings at local hotels as the beach celebrates its hippy past.
The Matala music festival runs from June 2, 3 and 4 and features music from the '60s and '70s with beach parties right in front of the famous caves and attractive programs that include a bazaar, concerts, happenings, exhibitions, a children's fun park and lots more.
The Matala municipality is to provide a camping area for free. Unfortunately, visitors will not be allowed to in the caves, once a favourite haunt of hippies, as they have now been declared important archaeological sites.
Around 200 artists, musicians and performers will participate in the free festival and they include Spathia Pavlos Pavlidis from the Greek band Ksilina, singers Panos Mouzourakis, Michalis Tzouganakis, and Despina Olympioy, as well as Greek Idol winner Panagiotis Tsakalakos and The Doors tribute band.
The artificial caves in the cliffs around Matala bay are believed to have been created in the Neolithic Age. Matala was an important port in the Minoan period and later in Roman times.
Around the time of Christ the caves were used as tombs and one of them, called 'Brutospeliana' was believed to be the tomb of the Roman general Brutus. Over the years the caves have been used by ancient Greeks, Romans, fisherman, resistance fighters and hippies. They are now classed as a national monument.