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Amazing beach with clean water , from the center of Matala it's 30 minutes by feet , you have to... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
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Excellent beach

Worth the walk, but don't expect too much in the way of facilities. Beach umbrellas and a quirky... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2018
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Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 March 2010

Spent many hours on Red Beach last summer (09). Found a few ways to get over the mountain from town. If you're not into mountain climbing here's a Tip:- The best way to get there is by boat (5 Euros @ way) that one of...More

27  Thank sunshineToronto_Can_
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Beautiful beach but do not go to Janis'place. He tried to sell us his mojito which is supposed to be the best in matala. Well he needs to learn how to make real mojitos. It is disgusting and far more expensive than any other place...More

3  Thank Mario G
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All reviews nudist beach beautiful beach worth the effort covered shoes bring food the water is crystal clear hot walk red fish hike mojito umbrellas waves rocks hiking nature crete route
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing beach with clean water , from the center of Matala it's 30 minutes by feet , you have to climb in the mountain but the route it's very nice . The best place for relax

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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Worth the walk, but don't expect too much in the way of facilities. Beach umbrellas and a quirky bar are all you will get. However if you want a free and easy beach with superb views, make the trek.

Thank deejayeh
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

I should have read the reviews closely before going there. Didn't enjoy it at all! It's a difficult walk and when the day is as sunny as today, its heart attack waiting to happen. Only goats can walk there happily, and they are not carring...More

Thank D S
Reviewed 18 August 2018

After a climb and descent of about 35 minutes you reach this beach. Red sand, no stones. Ideal for snorkling. One little bar serving only drinks. Parasols are available for 2€. Even a nudist part, for those who are interested in this.

Thank Benny V
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

The beach is nice with crystal clear waters and the sand has a brown - red color which i liked very much. However if you want to get there carry as much water as you can. I was warned by locals to have water with...More

2  Thank Evangelos S
Reviewed 14 August 2018

I ve been there twice this summer and I had the best time in Crete. Not many people and you can always find a place for yourshelf. The colours of the nature and the sky is just magical. The path from Matala is not difficult,...More

Thank ariadnia11
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Very picturesque beach. You need to spend some effort to get there. There are two routes, shorter but more difficult and easier one but a little bit longer. Average person should have no problems to walk through. Beach itself is beautiful. Offers beautiful sand and...More

Thank gregskim2016
Reviewed 7 June 2018

difficult to go there through the mountain, but its not so big! Clean and nice water! Soft send. You can swim naked;)

1  Thank Miriel_96
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

If you are into naked old men hopping around in the hot sand trying to get from their umbrella to the water, you came to the right place. If in addition you are a fan of annoying lounge music, crowds of wanna be cool tourists...More

2  Thank kerschmi
Reviewed 26 April 2018

I have a bad knee but I thought that I would try the hike and hopefully get to the top and see down to the beach. Unfortunately one can't see the beach from the top so I continued down. The beach is a dark sienna...More

Thank stanbr
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