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“Very picturesque beach town” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matala beach

Matala beach
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Matala
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“Very picturesque beach town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

My wife & I came here for lunch after visiting Phaestos.

It's a quite spectacular view, with the two down-slanting cliff "jaws" on either side of the beach.
I imagine it's extremely crowded in high season: even in late October we had to pay to park (2 Euros).

The man-made caves in the cliffs are interesting; supposedly dating from the Neolithic, they have been used at various times as Roman tombs and in the 60's as hippie hangouts before the Greek police chased them out. Famous as the place Joni Mitchell wrote about in "Carey".

I'd like to revisit when the water is warmer....

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Loved the beach, and the view.
The car-park by the beach is 2 euros a day and is worth it for convenience.
I strongly advise that you do not use the toilets / changing rooms that are at the carpark (look north and you will see them only metres away), as these were full of mosquitoes.

Visited October 2012
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“Brilliant fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Matala is one of my favourite beaches. The tavernas are right on the beach so you can walk out of the sea straight to a table and the people are really relaxed especially in Taverna Eleni

Visited September 2012
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Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
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“busy, slightly pebbly beach (by South standards)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Nice beach, lots of restaurants, great diving cliff (if you are brave enough!). The Caves (aka hippy dens or more accurately Roman tombs) are a good visit within barefoot distance

Visited May 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

The beach is a sight to see with the caves on the right. It was a former hippie colony in the 60s, prior to that the caves were used by religious hermits. The water looks so beautiful.There is no entrance fee but you do have to pay to park. Also the staff at the beach are not good about being around to rent the chairs/umbrellas like they are at other beaches in Crete. The sand is very rocky and it is easy to slip on the larger rocks under the waves as well as sink in the water.

Visited September 2012
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