You can take an enjoyable day trip from Lentas to the beach of Matala. As you drive north west you pass Phaestos and cross the Messara, the largest plain on Crete with many fields, terrace farming and goats climbing around.
Matala became well known during the Seventies, the time that the hippies explored that small village with its unique ancient cave houses and its beautiful beach. Today Matala is a tourist place with a lot of hotels, rooms, taverns and shops. If you like to have a disco night with parties till the early morning this is your place to go.