Matala Caves

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Neva Savoric
Zagreb, Croatia31 contributions
Loved it
Jul. 2021 • Friends
Really cute beach. By the mythology, Zeus slept with Europa here and thats how the Minotaur was born. It was a roman cemetery, and hippies lived inside the caves in the 60s. You can climb the rocks next to the caves and jump into the sea. The water was mediocre clean. Bring swimming shoes or sneakers for the caves since it is a hike to check them out. There are some restaurants and supermarkets at the beach.
Written August 25, 2021
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Iva S
Prague, Czech Republic558 contributions
Matala Caves
Sep. 2020
5.9.2020 Matala Caves - a great place, tombs carved into the rock, through which you can walk freely to the top floor. Magnificent views of the bay. We did not go to the beach, too crowded, sand everywhere. But I recommend the cave to everyone who is looking for such interesting and mystical places. Ticket 4 Eu. More youtube travel video PSIS-visit. Iva + Petr CZ Prague
Written February 25, 2021
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Gabi Stenzel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates283 contributions
Nice to see
Oct. 2020
These caves are nice to see them once if you are interested in history. The artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age and later on occupied by hippies.
Written November 2, 2020
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David D
Devon, UK12,484 contributions
Amazing - a must ser
Aug. 2020 • Couples
Wednesday 26th August and we visited these amazing caves situated at the rocky northern end of Matala Bay and Beach.

The Caves which were carved into the soft limestone during the Roman Period were used as tombs. There are approximately 62 tombs.

In the 1960's the caves were plundered by the hippies who then took up residence in them.

It was a great experience as we clambered over rocks and stones as we moved from cave to cave exploring this incredible place. The caves are a mixture of shapes and sizes, some had carved out beds or resting places

Would recommend sturdy footwear, not ideal terrain for flip flops. It was also extremely hot. Also take care when entering and leaving the caves as soon ceilings were rather low, which I discovered.

The entrance fee was €4. There was a reduced fee of €2 for EU residents of 65. Entrance was free for EU residents under the age of 25, ID required. As we paid our entrance fee, the guy in the kiosk advised us to walk very slowly.

Amazingly we told a friend that we had visited the caves, she informed us that she had lived there in circa 1969, but there were doors on the caves then.

A bit further along the coast from the caves, visitors were using the rocky headland as a diving platform into the clear sea.
Written September 3, 2020
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Pompidouuuu
3 contributions
Big joke
Aug. 2020
2* only for the view
4€ for a Guy, free for a beautiful girl, in front of us. Shame on the employee.
Written August 18, 2020
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Denise D
Mid Coast Maine, ME9 contributions
Deserted in winter / good and bad
Feb. 2020 • Solo
The caves are very cool and great to explore when no one is there in winter. BUT only one restaurant and cafe open in winter and couldn’t find any open hotels to spend the night. Can access via bus from Heraklion takes about 1.5 hrs and you will have to switch but bus staff very helpful and easy to do.
Written February 7, 2020
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Mari-Liis J
Tartu, Estonia25 contributions
Holes
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Caves are fun, you can climb snd look in. There is a 2 euro ticket and you can park on the streets for free a short walk away (if you go near the beach, there is parking fee). I'd recommend going to the beach, too, because the caves are a short visit, so if you've driven so long maybe do something extra...
Written October 24, 2019
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Ruediger R
35 contributions
Holidays
Oct. 2019 • Solo
A lot of history in the caves, first the monks, in the 70ties to the 80ties the hippies and now a tourist point to visit. A camping ground next door.
Go and look. Greetings Rüdi🤓👍
Written October 13, 2019
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OttawaTravellingDude
Ottawa, Canada124 contributions
Historically Interesting but nothing exciting to see here
Sep. 2019
The caves are quite interesting historically ... both the far past and also the hippie heritage with the Joni Mitchel aspect. But they are fairly small and only go back a short way, nice views from there. It costs 2 euro to get in. That being said the trip to Matala is worth it, but the caves aren't the only thing to see here.
Written September 26, 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,700 contributions
Not so special
Sep. 2019
The caves are the main attraction in Matala beach. Some of them can be accessed through the water, but most of them are behind the fence.
I think it is worth to go in the morning, when you have the best light for pictures over the beach.
Written September 16, 2019
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