This beach (Red Sand) aka Kokkini Ammos is a secluded beach which can be reached only by foot – with the reddish sand that bestows on it its name, and turquoise waters.
The rocky cliffs that rise up to the north have here and there fabulous forms cut into them – like the sphinx and various other esoteric symbols. They are modern, the work of a Belgian.
It is open to the strong south winds, and not very organized – just a few umbrellas and sunbeds, as well as a small café-canteen, built roughly out of stone. It is sensible, if you visit, to take all you need with you as the canteen is not always open, and there are no tavernas or shops nearby.
In the 1960s and 70s, Kokkini Ammos was a haunt of hippies. Today it is one of the favoured destinations of nudists: it is no coincidence that it has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world by the international media for such a life-style!
Kokkini Ammos and surrounding area has been included in the EC ecological network of Natura 2000: a protected refuge of the Mediterranean Monk seal, the loggerhead turtles (Kareta kareta) and other animals.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Matala, Phaistos, Heraklio
- free camping No
- nudism Yes
- beach type Sandy
- accommodation No
- dinning Yes - limited choices
- other facilities
There are umbrellas and sunbeds.
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 68 km from Heraklion.
On foot: When you arrive in Matala, follow the path that leads from there to Kokkini Ammos. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
By sea: By boat from Matala.