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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  • August 16, 2017
    Place a visit. Very beautiful Bay, nice quiet place. Beautiful roads at the start of Heraklion. Change of scenery.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Think that the Roman graves were then inhabited by hippies and that really they slept and lived there is truly amazing. The beach is nothing special, the sea is always good, as it is known in these parts, the caves to visit, being careful not to crash because you risk your life. You need shoes to climb (low security) cute little village full of cafes that overlook the sea and alleys tell junk souvenirs
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  • August 15, 2017
    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 clo...  more »

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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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