Matala Caves
Greece, Matala

Many caves were hollowed out thousands of years ago in soft white limestone in the northwest “wall” of Paximadia Bay. Artificial caves were created in the Neolithic era, people lived here, and in some caves there were several rooms, and the niches were decorated with carved ornaments, many of them have rooms, stairs, beds or windows. In the 1st and 2nd centuries they were used as Roman tombs. One of the caves is called "Brutospeliana" because, according to legend, it was often visited by the Roman Brutus. In the 60-70s of the XX century, this paradise was chosen by hippies, and even lived here until in the 70s, local churches expelled them. And archeology sealed the caves.
Currently, the caves are protected by the Archaeological Service, in the morning they are open to visitors, but it is forbidden to stay there for the night.

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