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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

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Address: Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece

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Didn't make the walk down...but worth it

Just worth the walk up to the top of the trail for the view of Matala, caves and water. Even if you have no intention of going down to the beach take the walk.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Joe F
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just worth the walk up to the top of the trail for the view of Matala, caves and water. Even if you have no intention of going down to the beach take the walk.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Near the Massara plain, the region of Matala is this nice red beach; the big rocks are red, and it's difficult to reach this beach; you must have good shoes and many time. the beach is very long and one of the nicest in Crete.

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Gotene, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach is much calmer than the beaches on the west side of Matala. The walk to the beach is strenous, use good shoes. You can be on the beach nude or with swimming suits as you choose. A very relaxed feeling. The water is crystal clear.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a steep 30 minute walk from Matala to Red beach, making this quieter than the main beach. It's for nudists and goats only!! There is a beach bar, but I didn't use it so don't know what they serve or charge.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

What a lovely beach and we enjoyed the walk there and back each day. Route from Matala town centre to beach is more gentle than route from edge of town by hotel zafiria. Jannis's mojito bar on the beach is great. There was a man providing boat transfers to beach from Matala and back. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this beach on our holiday with our almost 2 year old. It was a pretty gruelling trip to get to the beach, after parking the car we started off through the town and made our way up the slope (& steps) wasn't long before it turned into a rocky steep slope - we had to carry our boy... More 

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Genk, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

So, when you visit Matala it seems you just have to go to red beach... so my wife and I did ! Seems we took the "easy" roaad that leaves from the village. It was a decent walk and climb, but we did it within 30 minutes. Once we arrived at Red Beach it wasn't nearly as impressive as reviewers... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Red Beach is my favourite beach in the world, so far. I last visited 7 years ago and knew I had to get back there. My husband, daughter and I trekked to the beach three times last month and loved each visit. The waves depend on the day, two visits the water was calm and easy to float in and... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Fantastic small beach. Quite a hike to get there, but your efforts will show worthwhile! Have a Mojito at Jannis bar: the best in Crete!!! Do not go at midday; preferably early morning or late afternoon: unless you would love a heatstroke?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Getting there is not the easiest. I took the shorter route and had to climb up and down a mountain. It's great to be able to swim in the nude. Nudists seem to gather to the right of the beach were all the rock sculptures are. Very nice, but you need an umbrella. You can rent one there. There's no... More 

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