Red Beach near Matala, Crete, has a perfect combo of picturesque location and laid-back atmosphere. As the rumor goes, it was first discovered by hippies, and luckily it hasn’t been discovered by mass tourism yet. Perhaps it helps that you need to walk up and down a trail to reach the beach, but it’s worth every step. Thanks to it, you also get a bird-eye view of the beach itself and surroundings.
You can see that its sand isn’t exactly red, rather dark orange, and it changes its shade when wet.
I enjoyed lying in that warm big-grain sand without a towel.
Mr Sandman and the purple rock 🙂
The water was perfect for swimming and snorkeling: clear, calm and balmy.
We took a different trail on the way back, which provided yet another great view. We stayed there for a day, but there is a campground nearby, if you want to stay longer.