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Matala beach

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Address: Matala, Crete, Greece

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Beautiful and just about warm enough in April

Fairly sheltered with quirky caves and lots of restaurants and shops lining the shore. A long shallow run into the sea.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Twig O
Taynuilt, United Kingdom
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Cairns, Australia
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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The beach is clean and safe to swim. Good for children. Taverns open onto the beach. The beach is also in the centre of the town. It is not a pretty town and there is the usual amount of junky tourist shops selling cheap trinkets and many taverns. We visited in late April. The place was not overrun with holiday... More 

Thank leanneandtony
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here over easter, beach is ok nothing special. It is a shame that with all ruins around they have not done a single thing to show this ancient village just let it go to rubble and a rubbish dump. What we found here also was that most businesses credit card machines do not work! And no discount either if... More 

Thank SabaideeJ
Lokeren, Belgium
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To enter the caves you have to pay 2 euro per person, which we did'nt. There were a lot of teenagers climing on the rocks.

Thank katrienenluc
Taynuilt, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fairly sheltered with quirky caves and lots of restaurants and shops lining the shore. A long shallow run into the sea.

Thank Twig O
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

It's Matala. Laid back, decent restaurants, great beach, the caves, the warm breeze, music in the streets. How could anyone go wrong? This is not a town with big luxury resorts, so no need searching for those here, This is a place you go to hang out on the beach and enjoy the warm water.

Thank Mark J
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Easy to get to taverns virtually on the beach so relaxing plenty of sun beds can even drive right down to the beach so very handy if you aren't very good on your feet have fallen in love with the place returning this year have already booked

Thank kay t
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232 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you want to slow down, this is the beach...You can not really swim into open space, but you could enjoy in the water. Often there is windy and water can become ruff in a second, also there're lots of rocks that can be dangerous. The sand is warm and the place surroundings is is beautiful, surrounded by the caves... More 

Thank DanielLjubljana
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

You can't enjoy swimming here that much, as the beach is pretty small, and water can become ruff in a second, also there're lots of rocks that can be dangerous to inexperienced swimmers. Yet, the place is beautiful, surrounded by the small caves in the mountain, and little shops all around you.

Thank Ivo K
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I have been to Matala many times. My husband proposed to me at sunset there, when the beach was someone barren of people. It's a sand beach and if you're lucky you can find an umbrella or a chair to sit (be prepared to pay). Everything is expensive in this little place, but you must go. The last time I... More 

Thank Angela R
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely scenery but place is a rip off. Caters for Germans who want to be hippies for a fortnight before going back to their factories. Not that great.

Thank Eamonn C

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