For a relaxed beach holiday in 2017, look no further than Stalis on Crete. Stalis, otherwise known as Stalida, is located on the northeast coast of the beautiful Greek island of Crete. It is near the popular beach resorts of Malia and Hersonissos, and offers a selection of golden sandy beaches and a more relaxed atmosphere than its neighbours. Stalis is a great destination for family holidays, as well as couples on a romantic break. Thanks to the many activities and sights on offer, this the ideal Greek island getaway!
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 0m
When to go
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Your Greek island adventure can be whatever you want it to be. Visit the numerous sandy beaches, each with their own unique character. Discover the immense natural beauty Crete has to offer by visiting Samaria Gorge, where a stunning 18km walk through breath-taking scenery awaits. Or why not rent a 4x4 jeep? Many tours are on offer, allowing you to get a glimpse of Crete's unique flora and fauna. You can also go scuba diving and discover what is hidden beneath the waves.
The large number of ruins are a constant reminder of the ancient civilisations that rose and fell here. The famous Minoan temple of Knossos is a stunning display of bronze-age architecture and art, making this a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Crete.
Wine and Dine
You'll find no shortage of places to eat on your holiday to Stalis. Delicious traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is popular, while a large number of ex-pats has resulted in international cuisine from around the globe also being available. Mediterranean food is famous for being particularly healthy with its generous use of olive oil and sun-drenched vegetables.
Jannis Golden Heart is a vegetarian-friendly local restaurant serving affordable food of excellent quality. Maria's Golden Beach Tavern is also highly rated, and besides local cuisine also offers pizza and other European cuisines.
Be sure to try a glass of locally produced wine, which Greek people are very proud of. It goes perfectly with seafood and many Mediterranean dishes.
Stalis is the perfect resort for family holidays. The many beaches nearby mean you can explore a new beach every day. The water becomes deeper very gradually, so small children can to enjoy the sea safely. Furthermore, the beaches feature lifeguards, umbrellas and sunbeds. Some beachside restaurants have special offers combining beach umbrella and lounger hire with lunch or drinks.
Plan day trips to fascinating places such as the volcanic island of Santorini, or Spinalonga (also known as the Island of Tears). Crete itself is steeped in history and culture and offers many ancient landmarks worth visiting.
The Acqua Plus water park is a fantastic attraction the whole family can enjoy. Only a short drive a way, a day trip to the park will provide kids with hours of fun enjoying the water slides, diving boards and pools. Watercity is another great water park, located slightly further afield.
Action and Adventure
Those looking for action are equally catered for in Stalis. A huge array of different watersports are on offer, ranging from wake-boarding and water-skiing to windsurfing and kitesurfing. Crete's stunning coastline can also be explored by sail boat, which is a great alternative for a day out in the sun!
If you're more interested in seeing the natural beauty of Crete from a 4x4 jeep, there are many tours which can be booked in Stalis and the nearby resort towns. For that extra bit of adrenaline, why not hire an all-terrain quad bike?
Life's a Beach
When planning your holidays to Stalis, be sure to leave enough time to relax by the many beaches. The large, main beach of Stalis is less crowded than the more famous beaches on the island - but boasts great facilities. Many wake-boarding and water-skiing schools are open during high season, while scuba diving is also an option.
Nightlife in Stalis is quieter than in the neighbouring resorts of Malia and Hersonissos. Geared towards families and couples, it offers plenty of places to eat and drink, as well as a good choice of cocktail bars. Themis Beach Bar is a popular establishment offering wonderful sea views during the day, and a cosy candle-lit environment in the evening.
If you don't mind venturing a little further afield, you'll find plenty of other options. Malia and Hersonissos both have lively nightclubs, with many renowned DJs taking to the decks during the summer months. You’ll find clubs full of young people dancing the night away!
As one of the more intimate resorts on the island of Crete, Stalis is perfectly suited for a couple’s holiday. The main beach is beautiful and an ideal place to enjoy a romantic picnic to the soothing sound of ocean waves. Take a moonlit stroll down the beach over to Malia if you're looking for livelier nightlife. An abundance of intimate restaurants and bars can be found in Stalis, ideal for couples. This includes Minos, a cute local taverna serving regional food in a cosy atmosphere.
For something truly special, why not explore Crete's natural beauty on horseback? Take your partner to see the olive groves that cover the hills and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The island of Crete proudly boasts its own unique culture, distinct from that of the Greek mainland and other Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. A long and dramatic history starting with the Minoans in the Bronze Age, through to the Roman, Turkish and more recent German occupations of the island, have left a lasting legacy. Archaeological highlights include the famous temple of Knossos and the numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries.
Cretan traditional music and dances are hugely popular, and you’ll often see colourful displays at local festivals and parties.