Matala beach, Matala

4.3
#1 of 100 in Outdoors in Heraklion Prefecture
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. Use our Matala vacation planner to arrange your visit to Matala beach and other attractions in Matala.
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  • Right at the entrance of the village, there is a bustle of people going to visit the caves where there were the hippies ...
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  • 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.  more »
  • A nice piece of Earth in spite of tourism. Always happy to come back. Sunset above the rock direction of Red beach can enjoy. Parking € 2. Restaurants and cafés on the beach and the caves also.
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  • Secluded beach almost in the middle of nowhere with clear blue water. Perfect spot to relax away from the crowd.
  • One of the most beautiful beach in create, not overly crowded, best for snorkeling and swimming, A MUST VISIT..!
  • It still has a spirit of wild 60s & 70s. Just relax and dont think about is the toilet close or the sand is to hot.
  • A unique atmosphere in Matala. Once this was a hippie beach, they lived in caves above the beach. Today there are smaller numbers here, but they can be seen in the big cave on the left side of the beach, where they sell handmade leather items. I Love Matala!
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