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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. Use our Matala vacation planner to arrange your visit to Matala Beach and other attractions in Matala.
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  • I wasn't sure to expect from the "hippie beach", but this is a great beach for everyone! All day parking for 3€, modern public's toilets just above the beach. There are restaurants at the back of the....  more
    I wasn't sure to expect from the "hippie beach", but this is a great beach for everyone! All day parking for 3€, modern public's toilets just above the beach. There are restaurants at the back of the....  more »
  • Fun beach to visit! Very picturesque with some small restaurants and shops to visit. Great parking for only 3 euros. The water was a little rough the day we were there, but we enjoyed putting our... 
    Fun beach to visit! Very picturesque with some small restaurants and shops to visit. Great parking for only 3 euros. The water was a little rough the day we were there, but we enjoyed putting our...  more »
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  • We did rent a car to be in this beach, and pay €3 for the parking, and you can park just in front of the beach.
  • Awesome area on the south side of Crete. It’s famous for its hippie built caves from the 1970’s which are marvels in their own right. There is a small 4Euro fee person to visit the caves but it’s worth it. Just make sure you have good shoes to climb as there are no real stairs to climb the upper levels of the caves. The beach itself is okish with quite a stony seabed and not so clear waters but the waters were warm and it was a very refreshing dip. There are numerous shops, cafes and restaurants nearby selling literally everything so that is also a nice walk around. One issue that we faced is that Matala is quite far from any nearby major cities. So you have to rent a car and drive around 80kms from Heraklion. The roads are well maintained though quite winding through the hills in the central region. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Crete.

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