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Red Sand Beach

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Address: Matala, Crete, Greece

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Beautiful hidden beache

This beach is near Matala center but you have to pass over a hill before reaching the beach (approx. 20 minutes walk) but it is definitely worth it to avoid the crowd of Matala. A... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is near Matala center but you have to pass over a hill before reaching the beach (approx. 20 minutes walk) but it is definitely worth it to avoid the crowd of Matala. A few umbrella for rent, nice sand, waves can be quite big, depending on the weather, the walk to get there is pretty nice and offer... More 

Thank Pierre-Henri_Reg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's an effort to get there, especially at noon, you have to pass over a hill from Matala. The sand is fine and the waves were quite big; you may find some nudists/hippies as well. No showers and just a small terrace where you can buy drinks.

Thank Alexandru D
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a steep, crumbling stone path up & over the mountain to Red Beach...used to be totally worth it, was magical. Now has gone tourist with Mojitos served outside tented beach shack by highly stressed, irritable man. There used to be monolithic sculptures to the right as one arrives, (carved by talented beach bum who lived there for about seven... More 

Thank Elisabetta S
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It takes around 30 minutes to get there from Matala, but the effort and the trek is really worth it. the walk itself offers wonderful views of Matala, the coast and the Golf of Lybia. the beach is also beautiful completely unspoilt. Do not forget to take some water with you.

1 Thank chrissassen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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

Thank Lars J
Mijas, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 

Thank David H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 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 July 6, 2016 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!!

Thank Nik J
Hoogland, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

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!

Thank HenkHogeweg
Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

Thank Fonzy M

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