Red Beach, Matala, Crete

It is a remarkably picturesque beach with cobalt-blue waters and sun-bleached cottages. There are also ancient ruins and red sandstone cliffs. Made famous in 1968 when hippies from across Europe flocked to its shores, the resort at Red Beach has remained a naturist favorite thanks to its rustic charm and its tolerance (nudity is allowed everywhere except the dining room). Visitors to Red Beach will find the area’s ancient caves interesting, as well as sunken bits of history from off-shore shipwrecks that wash ashore from time to time. The secluded Red Beach in Crete, Greece, was chosen as one of the best nudist beaches in the world by Fox News, based on data collected from Yahoo Travel. Located on the south coast of the island of Crete, this secluded stretch of beach is a hotspot for nudists. From Matala or a very short boat ride from the village waterfront, you can reach Red Beach (or Kokkini Ammos) with its ocher-colored sand and cliffs in 20 minutes. Besides its rust-colored sand, Red Beach is best known for its naked Frenchman who camped here for five years in the ’90s — carving faces and animals into a layer of limestone — until the locals kicked him out. There are no ancient Minoan relics at the end of the beach, despite the mysterious rock carvings at the end of the beach. Feel free to enjoy the beach, especially since there is a coffee/beer stand on the beach. Sand can be coarse, and when you have tender parts exposed, “a little coarse” is an understatement… bring along a towel. This funky little beach is the result of Euro hippies in the 1960s and houses a funky bar, Yiannis, where you’ll find mojitos to die for.


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  Red Beach, Matala, Crete

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  Public Rest Area
  Public Outdoor Shower
  Street Parking
  Bike Parking
  Legal Status: Permitted
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