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Matala beach, Matala

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Combine your beach visit with some cave exploration at Matala beach, where the landscape features a rocky plateau that appears to be sliding into the sea. Climb up to access some of the caves, cut into the side of the sliding rock by the water over the years. There is one particularly large cave over the sea, and swimmers often paddle to its mouth to inspect the inside. Cafes, restaurants, and shops line the beach and offer facilities along the shore. Work out when and for how long to visit Matala beach and other Matala attractions using our handy Matala family vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Matala

Though Matala's hippie history is mostly a memory, you'll find a few budget hotels and a campground for backpackers remains. If you're not among this group, Matala also features a number of more luxurious options offering a classic Greek island experience. For an optimal stay here, choose a beachfront resort or hotel. If you prefer to stay in town, there are a number of options along and off of Matala Road. For the best prices, and fewer crowds, consider coming during the off-season.
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  • Nice beach, Crowded. Loud. Lots of umbrellas. Lots of tavernas etc. If you are into serene places, this is not it.  more »
  • Having heard so many stories anout this beach and the surprise was not pleasant.Totally destroyed by constractions for tourists,so many signs,so many umbrellas,Awfull.Naturall beauty is great but is c...  more »
  • This is a nice beach. we went there for the afternoon and had a great time. The trip from Heraklion by car takes about an hour and a half so I am not sure would do it just for it. But if you are takin...  more »