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Matala, Crete, Greece
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All reviews nice beach public toilets an umbrella clear water clean water big waves south coast high season sunbeds and umbrellas day trip small pebbles bars and restaurants small village hippie town interesting caves red beach cliffs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A cerut nice place...A memorabile caves. I willy return every time with joy. I still remember the joy

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daydream815131
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coarse sandy beach, lots of pretty tiny pebbles & pumice but sadly a lot of plastic too. Great views out to an island & mountains. If you go swimming, beware of the undertow - we saw a man lose his footing (and his swimming trunks)...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FMW13
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

We really liked our one day trip to Matala beach (not the shortest one from Hersonisoss, but definitely worth). We parked just outside town, parking was free. A bit closer there is another parking but you will have to pay. Walk through this small town...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mancad2013
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

This is a really lovely beach with a small town and resort. The cliffs form a horseshoe bay with sheltered but deep clear water. The beach is fine pebbles and the cliffs on one side contain Roman burial tombs carved into the rocks. The beach...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bdon257
Reviewed 23 October 2018

There is plenty of space to spread out away from the plentiful sun beds if you want to.The best snorkelling is at the cave end where the sea life is varied and interesting. You can also easily find a sandy route in and out here....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LiverpoolAndy
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Great waters for swimming, very clear,nice sandy beach, plenty of beach side taverna' s and sun beds if needed

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeffdavison54
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach in a small village. Very clean with a toilet and shower facilities nearby, however be sure to carry your own toilet paper. Umbreplas and sun beds available to rent. Carrefour and parking onsite and many local shops in sorrounding area. Lots of children...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Superb place to chill out & wait for the sunset. Plenty of distractions in the town, if you get thirsty or hungry. Don’t miss this.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CharlesF957
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Slightly coarse sand, and some pebbles at the waters edge. Quite a number of sunbeds, but does get busy, and you may find one difficult to get after mid day. Water was a bit rough getting in while we were there, but as we only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Skipton_Traveller
Reviewed 1 October 2018

It's a nice place. Matala beach gives great views out into the bay with a lovely cave in the cliffs to the right of the beach and a row of cool bars to the left. The lanes that approach to the beach are lined with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Vicki C
22 November 2017|
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Response from X1680YLrobs | Reviewed this property |
there isn't many brits but most of the Greeks speak English as do the Germans, Dutch etc
Sharron H
21 August 2017|
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Response from Ellen W | Reviewed this property |
The ancient caves are right next to the beach. They charge admission to them, but you can climb the rocks and walk through the caves. We did not go to the more recently discovered (1980s) ruins, which are a little... More
Sharron H
21 August 2017|
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Response from Mihailo M | Reviewed this property |
If you mean the caves of Matala beach , you can walk to them without problem.