Matala beach, Matala

#1 of 108 in Outdoors in Heraklion Prefecture
Combine your beach visit with some cave exploration at Matala beach, where the landscape features a rocky plateau that appears to be sliding into the sea. Climb up to access some of the caves, cut into the side of the sliding rock by the water over the years. There is one particularly large cave over the sea, and swimmers often paddle to its mouth to inspect the inside. Cafes, restaurants, and shops line the beach and offer facilities along the shore. Use our Matala vacation planner to arrange your visit to Matala beach and other attractions in Matala.
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  • Right at the entrance of the village, there is a bustle of people going to visit the caves where there were the hippies ...
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  • Superb place to chill out & wait for the sunset. Plenty of distractions in the town, if you get thirsty or hungry. Don’t miss this.  more »
  • Matala beach in the beginning of April is still not so crowded but the tourists are starting to come. The sun is always out, it gets a bit chilly at nights especially when you camp. A short drive from Heraklion, a must visit place off-season!
  • The only negative are the crowds. Otherwise the beach is fine, many restaurants and Cafes offer a variety of options and the whole place gives an idea of the hippy movement, though nowadays it is obviously fake. The caves on the rocks are the highlights of course.
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