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    Location 10.0 /10

    42 miles south of Heraklion and its international airport, on the island's southern coast, the Zafiria is located at the entrance of Matala, a city famous for its natural caves and for those who lived there in the seventies. The hotel entrance is on the main street and from its upper floors, dominates the beach and light-coloured cliffs. The hotel makes it possible to enjoy an area full of cultural interest, while discovering the famous seventies city.

    Accommodation 5.45 /10

    The Zafiria has 59 small standard rooms, all with balcony and view of the moonrise above the mountain, or terrace with seaview. Only eleven rooms have air conditioning (provided you request it in advance). All rooms have a direct telephone with international access, and the front desk has a free safe. The furniture is simple but in good condition. You have to make your own bed. In the bathroom, so small it really shouldn't be called a bathroom, there is a small shower, toilets, and noisy ventilation.

    Overview 5.20 /10

    Built in 1987, the Zafiria is a small, charmless city hotel, with three storeys. In addition to being outdated, the decor gives an impression of sadness because of its dark colours and outmoded materials. By the elevator, between the entrance with the front desk, and the bar, is the TV room. Outside, by the bar, a small patio extends the hotel onto the street.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel has no restaurant. The tavern across the street, in front of the beach is the only option. However, you are by no means obligated to go there, even though the food is satisfactory. The hotel only serves a very simple breakfast.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    Protected on the south by high, light cliffs, with natural caves where hippies lived in the seventies, which are now protected with iron gates, the beach is pleasant. Therefore, holidaymakers are protected from wind and waves. The sand is fine, and there are deckchairs, parasols, and showers (rather precarious). In the distance, one can see the island western coast.

    To know

    It is open from April to the end of October and welcomes primarily German guests. Since it only offers a Bed & Breakfast formula, many holidaymakers, including French tourists, stay there for two or three days during an organised tour. The beach earned a ''Blue Flag'' award from the European Union, which is given to beaches that are clean, sheltered from waves and wind, and respectful of nature. There are 27 such beaches in Crete.

    Equipment

    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water skiing, jet ski, sailing, paddle boats

    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • Proximity of the centre of Matala
    • The beach

    disadvantages

    • Limited comfort
    • No amenities

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10