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Matala beach

Matala, Crete, Greece
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BEAUTIFUL BUT COMMERCIALIZED

With the caves next to you the beach would be a small paradise if it were not that crowded... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nikolaos K
Nice place. Bit overcrowded

The place is wonderful, water is good. Just it is bit overcrowded, it was like this in September... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Malkhazi
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (25 reviews)
“an umbrella” (13 reviews)
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Matala, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the caves next to you the beach would be a small paradise if it were not that crowded & commercialized. The beach itself is deep with stones here and there, thus not the ideal place for small children or people who are afraid of...More

Thank Nikolaos K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is wonderful, water is good. Just it is bit overcrowded, it was like this in September. We couldn't find a place to pay down. The environment is very friendly and lovely.

Thank Malkhazi
Reviewed 2 November 2017

The beach is sandy with small stones in the water. The beach has many visitors on weekends. There are quite a few restaurants and bars, drinks and food at a good price. Set of sun beds 5 €. You can see the famous cavers at...More

Thank boris-tanja
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Very nice little beach, relaxing, awesome view Lot's of bars and restaurants, sun until around 18h We enjoyed a couple of beers

Thank LilyBab L
Reviewed 20 October 2017

so many restaurants close to the beach, next to hotel Zafiria, parking place,toilet, camp, supermarket, souvenir shops, good for children, with special part and equipment to invalids parasol and sunbeds

Thank Milica B
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We really enjoyed our afternoon on the beach. It was sandy with small pebbles. There were sun loungers for rent, but we opted to just pop our beach towels down. The water was crystal clear, it was a pity we didn't have a snorkel! You...More

Thank Chatterboxmegan
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Ancient caves carved into the cliff overlook the beach which was an ancient port. Now it's pretty busy but still nice with loads of tavernas going up into the village which is quite charming. The swimming and snorkelling is very good. It's one of the...More

Thank rollneck
Reviewed 4 October 2017

If you're okay with pebbles and rocks as part of your beach experience, you'll love it here. I'm an Aussie, we have soft SAND beaches and I prefer them, so for me I don't rate this beach well. The facilities here are great on the...More

Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
Reviewed 28 September 2017

If You come to Matala beach during the high season later in the morning, very often are the beach beds and umbrellas comletely occupied. But alwas possible to come with Your umbrella and towel to lie on. You will finde also a shady place. Sometimes...More

Thank ladislav49
Reviewed 28 September 2017

This time I rate it like average because of a number of people. Of course, it is good beach, with a quite nice sand but it is too overcrowded for us. If you like to be around a lot of people - it is not...More

Thank Rūta A
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Vicki C
22 November 2017|
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Response from rob s | Reviewed this property |
there isn't many brits but most of the Greeks speak English as do the Germans, Dutch etc
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Sharron H
21 August 2017|
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Response from Ellen W | Reviewed this property |
The ancient caves are right next to the beach. They charge admission to them, but you can climb the rocks and walk through the caves. We did not go to the more recently discovered (1980s) ruins, which are a little... More
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Sharron H
21 August 2017|
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Response from Mihailo M | Reviewed this property |
If you mean the caves of Matala beach , you can walk to them without problem.
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