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Matala beach

Matala, Crete, Greece
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Extraordinary, weather permitting

Southern Crete has spectacular beaches, but it all depends on the wind. Matala beach is no... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Athens, Greece
via mobile
Beautiful beach with comfortable extras for disabled

The view at this beach is stunning with the surrounding rocks and the beautiful sunset in the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Renee K
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Matala, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Southern Crete has spectacular beaches, but it all depends on the wind. Matala beach is no exception. Fantastic sandy beach with crystal clear waters in an iconic area which is justly famous for the caves and the hippie past. It's rarely calm though and if...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The view at this beach is stunning with the surrounding rocks and the beautiful sunset in the evening. A really nice bonus for me was that they provide a special wheelchair and sunbed for disabled people, and a wooden alley up the beach (also nice...More

Thank Renee K
Reviewed 3 days ago

I really liked the beach. Sand is good, there are beautiful cliffs with caves. Reasonable prices for beach beds, umbrellas and parking. Place is simply fantastic!!! Everyone can find fun for himself.

Thank Mihailo M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a fantastic beach, suitable for all ages with many amenities close to the beach, such as parking (2€ for the whole day), shower, change rooms, WC for disabled people, toilets, super market close to the parking, tavernas and cafeterias. The view is rewarding...More

Thank The_three_Vs
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I really liked the vibe of Matala and its beach. The sand is good, there are beautiful cliffs with caves in that the brave youngsters jump off and when we went there were lots of waves to play in. It was super busy but it...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always love coming to Matala Beach.The caves ,the Sandy beach and Crystal clear waters is just superb. Reasonable prices for beach beds and umbrellas,only 2€ a bed and 2€ for the umbrella.Fantastic restaurants near by with the most friendly staff waiting to assist your every...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach has an interesting history. It has an amazing limestone cliff which sinks into the sea, due to an earthquake (probably the same one which destroyed the Minoan civilisation. It is pockmarked with Neolithic caves that were later used as tombs by the Romans...More

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is evident the place is carrying old memories..."peace and love" The bay is truly nice, sea water is high level! Umbrellas to rent, full of bars and restaurant. I've been in Matala village and the beach is really a short walking distance. Advisable!

Thank Roberto S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful beach close to the caves where hippies were living. you can visit the caves for only 2 euros. The water is amazing and so the view. The sand gets very hot during the day so be sure to wear your flip flop while...More

Thank Raffaella G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Knowing the story of the Ancient Caves and being there gives a powerfull feeling! Beautiful Beach with sand! Nice small village with nightlife and good Food!

Thank Vasilis V
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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.
14 June 2015|
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Response from dittany | Reviewed this property |
The village itself is squeezed into the space on the left hand side of the beach, so that the atmosphere is lively in the evenings. If you are asking about Villa Dimitri, where we stayed, there is a terrace outside the... More