Last time we were in Matala, the tombs were fenced off although that didn't deter most visitors from climbing up to explore them. Now, you pay €3 to enter "officially".
First thing to say is that it's crucial to wear flat training shoes or something similar. The sun-bleached rocks are slippery and become more so with each set of feet upon them. The lower tombs do not require much in the way of agility to reach them but the higher ones would be off-putting to anyone suffering with vertigo.
They are ancient tombs, carved out of the bare rocks to place bodies in although of course, back in the 1960's they achieved a kind of fame due to the colony of hippies who took residence within them.
They are the perfect backdrop to every photograph ever taken of Matala Beach and are I guess "just" about worth the entrance fee although you'd be hard pressed to spend more than 20 or 25 minutes up there. The views across the bay are good though.
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