All About Crete Weather. Weather in Matala. This detailed 10 Day Weather Forecast in Crete for Matala, Heraklion Prefecture is prepared for the local ex-pat residents and those on holiday . Matala (Greek:Μάταλα) on the south coast of Crete became famous for the first tourist arrivals - hippies, who lived in the caves above the wide expanse of beach. Holidaymakers on tour then became the norm. Did you know that the 1971 song "Carey" by singer Joni Mitchell was inspired by her time as part of the hippie community in Matala! This area offers so much to the visitor. Drenched in history, the Matala area was once the centre for Ancient Rome's trade with Egypt. Many of the best ruins of the bygone civilization are found in nearby Gortys (the original name for Matala). Holiday Weather Tip: If ever you are on Crete in winter and staying on the north coast, consider to take a drive to a southern coastal resort such as Matala where the weather can be noticeably brighter and warmer, protected as it is from the Northerly winds.