Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), Matala

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Relax in the dark reddish-brown sand that characterizes Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding area over the clear water. Note that this quiet, intimate area is primarily a nudist beach. There is limited shade, so bring a sun umbrella. Wear comfortable shoes, as the beach is a bit of a walk from the main road. Use our Matala trip itinerary builder to add Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and other attractions to your Matala vacation plans.
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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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  • The hike was half an hour and just as long that you feel you hiked but not long enough to be exhausting. The beach itself is great and also a good spot for nudists. The bar there offers some fine moji...  more »
  • We loved this beach we've been there everyday. The nice walk before to get there, smelling thyme. The kids enjoyed the walk! On the beach it is quiet.  more »
  • In April this was great with stops along the way, privacy and rollers. Even in high summer I imagine there is room for everyone.  more »