Magical Malia holidays 2020
The coastal town of Malia is Greece’s party capital with thrilling nightlife and a big personality. Although Malia holidays have become most popular for clubbers visiting Crete, the town still functions as a cultural and historical attraction.
As a result, the town allures a varied demographic, with sights and sounds to suit those in search of both hedonism and education. The preserved monuments in Elounda and the museums and archaeological sites of Heraklion, maintain the town’s rich history.
If you’d prefer to retreat from the lively nightlife, a plethora of nearby villages showcases quaint beaches and scenic beauty.
Despite the party credentials, holidays to Malia will also include visits to tiny medieval churches and a secret network of cobbled streets in the hidden old town. For opportunities to relax, you can head to one of the beaches to bask in the sun or visit a laid-back tavern to try the local cuisine.
For a heady mix of wild nightlife, Mediterranean sunshine and stunning beaches, Malia has it all. Spend your days playing games on the magnificent beaches, discover the fascinating archaeology or explore the local culture. When the sun goes down you can get drinks at a beach bar and then hit the strip for your choice of buzzing pubs, bars and clubs.
Malia is great for:
- Party holidays - At first glance, Malia is a modern town with towering buildings, with world-class nightlife and activity-fuelled beaches to match. All of which are a great combination for a lads' holiday.
- Cheap holidays - Not only can you find really cheap flights to Malia, but there are some great package holiday options offer. They’re cheap, but they don’t feel it!
- Beach holidays - Some of the best beaches in Malia are Potamos Beach, great for cycling along the seafront, or Stalis Beach where you can find a range of beachside bars.
Malia at a glance
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Best-known for its party scene, Malia is brimming with neon-lit clubs, lively bars, foam parties and more
Discover the best beaches
Malia Beach is the perfect place to spend your days lazing about, plus there are bars nearby if you fancy a refresher
Fun water parks
Cool off from the heat with a trip to the nearby waterpark
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Things to do in Malia
Malia holidays are mostly about clubbing, and that's the main draw of the area. However, if you're looking to make the most of the bargain deals offered to club teens and instead head out of town to look at some of the surrounding areas, there's plenty to do and see beyond the hedonistic main Malia strip.
For a true taste of Malia, visit the oasis of Mylos on the eastern edge of old town. With strings of garlic hanging from the walls, and lush trees full of flowers and leaves in the garden, this restaurant is famed for its psito dishes, which are roasted oven meats, cooked in the garden’s wood-fired oven.
Get to know the history of Malia at the Old Town. Wander through the narrow streets and explore small squares, old churches, café and restaurants that give a taste of times gone by. Visit the oldest church in Malia, Panagia Galatiani, built using mud mixed with animal milk from local shepherds. You may also want to go inside the church at Agios Nektariosa, where there are impressive wall paintings to view. Another stunning church to check out is the Venetian Agios Ioannis which is surrounded by bougainvillea. In Old Town’s picturesque square is the Agios Dimitrios church, as well as an old kiosk from the Second World War, used to provide work for wounded soldiers.
Just outside of Malia is the Minoan Palace of Malia, dating back to 1700BC. The site includes the recently discovered Hypostyle Crypt, the necropolis, the First Palace and the Second Palace where many delightful Minoan artefacts are still kept.
Malia's best beaches
On your holiday in Malia, you will be blessed with six irresistible beaches that offer something for everyone. With five kilometres of golden sand, the beaches are lined with restaurants and bars. If you’re in search of peace and sun after a night out on the main strip, then head east for a quieter atmosphere. If you want some action then there is a great choice of water sports on offer, including jet skiing, water skiing and scuba diving.
Malia beach is long with clean and inviting sands and also has plenty of sunbeds and parasols to hire. Glozanie Beach offers complete exhilaration with jet-skis and banana boats for rent. Further down on Sun Beac, there is a children’s lido, sun loungers and umbrellas. At the end of the stretch of sand are the clear-blue waters of the undisturbed Potomas Beach, which offers a quieter vibe popular with locals.
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