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Red Sand Beach

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Address: Matala, Crete, Greece

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Let it all hang out

After 20 minutes of rock climbing this nudist beach reveals itself as a hidden gem among Cretan sandy beaches. Nice, quiet and undisturbed with clear blue water. Few sunbeds and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Lars J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After 20 minutes of rock climbing this nudist beach reveals itself as a hidden gem among Cretan sandy beaches. Nice, quiet and undisturbed with clear blue water. Few sunbeds and umbrellas for rent

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Thank Lars J
Mijas, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best to follow the signs from the bottom of the village of Matala. They have built some steps and made the start a bit easier. But it's a tough walk so wear decent shoes. About 40 minutes. In the midday sun in July.. that's hot! When you get there it is worth it. Soft (brownish red) sand and the sea... More 

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Thank David H
London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Red beach has now become one of my all time favourite naturist beaches, although textiles are tolerated, of course;). Gorgeous views, lovely sand and best of all, even on days where the notorious winds of south Crete are whipping up a frenzy along the other beaches (see my review of Komos beach) , the water at Red beach is always... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beach! Wear good shoes, you have to climb over the mountain, this takes maybe over an hour. Little shack at the beach does offer drinks, and free beach umbrellas. It is worth the hike!!

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Thank Nik J
Hoogland, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to climb over the rocks, but that's worth the effort. The beach in a nice bay is wonderful and quiet. There is a good part suitable for naturism, so don't bring your swimming suit :-). There is a little "bar" with all kinds of coll drinks. Nice experience!

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Thank HenkHogeweg
Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the blue path is the easiest climb but the way down was still quite steep. Definitely worth the 30min walk. Beach was quiet, sea refreshing and super clear and Jannis' mojitos excellent. We visited in June and around 17.30 a small rubber boat appeared that did pick ups back to Matala for 5 Euro pp.

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Thank Fonzy M
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach (not really red a la Hawaii red beaches or Santinori red beach) is a wonderful spot. .. . it takes some effort to reach this spot as you have to climb up hill (if you are older or not too coordinated wouldnt recommend) and when you reach it it is a nudist beach so if thats not your... More 

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Thank ledezmacjl
County Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Red beach is a small naturist beach set to the south of Matala. The beach is reached by two Mountain tracks which take you past many of the old hippie caves. Be advised that both these tracks take about 35/40 minutes to complete and are very steep in places with many loose rocks under foot. There are two main tracks,... More 

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2 Thank TWRyan.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is an amazingly beautiful nudist beach. The hike has breaktaking views and amazing stone carvings. The beach has ZERO shade so be sure to bring an umbrella. The water is crystal clear and the little Shop sells drinks so you will have to bring your own food. There are two options - drive 2 mins up a road from... More 

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Paleochora, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great beach (clothing optional) with a really, really friendly (but basic) cafe. Yiannis claims to make the best mojito in Matala but I didn't sample it as I had to walk back to town.

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