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“It was a very short visit, so the review may be not 100% accurate”
Review of Roman Caves

Roman Caves
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Matala
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Chania Town, Greece
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“It was a very short visit, so the review may be not 100% accurate”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We visited the Matala Roman caves for less than 2 hours, so we were not able to fully explore them.
For a person that likes history and ancient places the caves are fascinating. You can go for hours there trying to find and interesting engraving or picture or piece of clay pots.
Unfortunately, you can see that the place is not guarded and had been visited by uncivilized people. Bottles, cans, cigarette buts and all kind of garbage you can imagine (to include several condoms). Most of the caves smell like public toilet and even they have interesting thinks to see you can not stay long time there.
After I go there for a longer stay I will come back with more detailed review.

Oh, I almost forgot - Even some people below say there is no fee, actually there is. 3 euro for adults, 2 euro for students and people 65+ years and it is free of charge for people under 18.

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Fairly interesting and worth a look around if you are in Matala. There is no fee to enter and it only takes a few minutes to clamber around and look inside. Unfortunately some stank of urine had some litter in, but others were clean and good to enter – check inside before you climb in!

Visited June 2013
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Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
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“Romans, schmomans: climb!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Nice way to break the sunbathing on Matala beach, but if you are a boulderer or free climber, bring your shoes. Lots of fun to be had, but watch for the sandstone. When you get to the top head west and you will find a vast flat of sedimentary rock full of huge fossilised shells.

Visited May 2012
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Banbury. UK
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“Roman Caves, Matala, Crete”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Driving to the south of the island of Crete has many advantages, not least of all being close to some of the best beaches on the island. At Matala the added attraction, besides a great beach is the multitude of caves, carved into the rockface. These were, in fact, part of a roman burial site and is open to the public. Apparently in the 60's many hippies congregated here and lived in the caves for a while but were subsequently escorted off the island after they had run out of money and appeared to be destitute! This resort also has a good variety of tavernas and shops as well as an abundance of places to stay. It also has the cutest little church, at the rear of the vilage which is build right into the cliff face and can only house about 6 people.

Visited September 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Nothing interesting”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Nothing interesting. Old caves with garbage. As I know Hippy lived there many years ago.

Visited July 2012
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