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Matala beach

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Address: Matala, Crete, Greece

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Great beach with crystal clear water

Great beach right in the centre with caves on yhe right hand side. The water was crystal clear and they clean the beach every day.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Per-Olov L
Gotene, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely scenery but place is a rip off. Caters for Germans who want to be hippies for a fortnight before going back to their factories. Not that great.

Thank Eamonn C
Gotene, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great beach right in the centre with caves on yhe right hand side. The water was crystal clear and they clean the beach every day.

Thank Per-Olov L
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Plenty of food, shopping and nice beach with chairs and umbrellas. Toilets awful and typical for Crete.

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Very good day trip. Wonderfully positioned tavernas, sandy beach and caves. We went in October, so village was not too crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Clear blue see, a Roman cemetery to visit, cheap umbrellas to rent on the beach. I love to swim in this sea! Free showers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Hi guys A beautiful small beach in the heart of Matala. Lot of bars and restaurants close to the beach. I prefer the Lion's. Come and see. Jamas the boys say there! Jassu Rüdi

Thank Ruediger R
Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Hippies town. They have one expression: today is life, tomorrow never comes. It describes the feeling when you are laying in the beach. Very nice place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Well worth the visit lovely sandy shore large cove with caves and snorkeling. Parking close lots of beach like resteraunts. Changerooms showers and toilets on site. Sunbeds and umbrellas to rent.

Thank sheltonhar
Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as part of our Crete tour and were not that impressed. Yes it has some history, the cliff caves and reference to the hippie years and a nice sandy beach, which we spent an hour on after a long drive. It is a very busy beach, we did some snorkelling which was not that great due to... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Matala beach is nice playsand quality beach betveen two limestone walls . The other wall is old roman caves and thus a popular tourist attraction. There is a bazar area next to beach and a lot of nice restaurants. So to make a daytrip to this beach is a success.Recommended.

Thank Marmak60

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