The long sandy beach of the seaside Village Malia in eastern Crete was the starting point for the tourism development of this former village. Today the coastline is surrounded by hotels and apartments of every category on offer, especially all inclusive hotels.
Malia has grown together with Stalis. Those looking for a beach holiday with lots of entertainment and contacts will be in their element here. The narrow streets in the old village of Malia have good eating places.
The Cretan Golf Club is only 18 minutes´drive away.
Malia is a perfect destination for young families fearing long airport-transfers or for those preferring all amenities of a well developed tourist - sector.
The former village of Malia is approximately 32 km east of the capital Heraklion and its airport. Malia has together with the village of Stalis and the surrounding villages of Mochos and Krassi 6200 inhabitants. It is the oldest tourist region of Crete. A mature tourist sector with many affordable all-inclusive hotels. The sandy beach of Malia and Stalis offers holidaymakers on 4 km in length a variety of water sports facilities and a wide range of entertainment. Many pubs, cafes and discos line the streets of Stalis and Malia. An ideal holiday destination for guests who value an intense nightlife. Inland from Malia and Stalis there is not much of a hype of tourism.
At the foot of the Selena Mountains, in the hinterland of Malia, lies the beautiful old mountain village of Krassi. Hardly not anyone gets lost in the beautiful hinterland. Krassi is located on the western slope of the Selena Mountains. In the village square you can sit under an ancient plane tree (natural monument over 2000 years old!)
And enjoy the good local cuisine. The trademark for this village is the handcrafted art of the old springs from 1890. The visit is worthwhile!
Just like Stalis, Malia is a good starting point for excursions to eastern Crete e.g. Lassithi Plateau. And on the doorstep is the famous tourist destination, the Minoan Palace of Malia. Much less crowded than Knossos and there is also a nearby bathing facility.
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