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“Old tombs, but watch your step!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Roman Caves

Roman Caves
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Matala
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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“Old tombs, but watch your step!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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Vantaa, Finland
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“hippie caves”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

If your a bit of a free spirit your self its realy easy to see the charm theese caves must have had back in the 70´s. The climbing was verry good in the sense you could see the lowest row witout any climbing and the higest was already almoast real climbing.

Visited September 2013
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“interesrting and fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

There is a fee to enter the caves of 3 euros. Good fun clambering around looking into all the caves. However you would need to be reasonably mobile to take advantage of this site as it is abit of a clamber.

Visited August 2013
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Chania Town, Greece
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“It was a very short visit, so the review may be not 100% accurate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We visited the Matala Roman caves for less than 2 hours, so we were not able to fully explore them.
For a person that likes history and ancient places the caves are fascinating. You can go for hours there trying to find and interesting engraving or picture or piece of clay pots.
Unfortunately, you can see that the place is not guarded and had been visited by uncivilized people. Bottles, cans, cigarette buts and all kind of garbage you can imagine (to include several condoms). Most of the caves smell like public toilet and even they have interesting thinks to see you can not stay long time there.
After I go there for a longer stay I will come back with more detailed review.

Oh, I almost forgot - Even some people below say there is no fee, actually there is. 3 euro for adults, 2 euro for students and people 65+ years and it is free of charge for people under 18.

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Worth a look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Fairly interesting and worth a look around if you are in Matala. There is no fee to enter and it only takes a few minutes to clamber around and look inside. Unfortunately some stank of urine had some litter in, but others were clean and good to enter – check inside before you climb in!

Visited June 2013
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