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Stunning Stalos holidays 2019 / 2020

If you want to go on a holiday you’ll never forget, make Stalos your destination in 2019 / 2020. Located on the north-west coast of the beautiful Greek Island of Crete, Stalos is a sunswept paradise waiting for visitors to explore.

Stalos is situated near the popular beach resorts of Malia and Hersonissos, and offers a selection of golden sandy beaches and a more relaxed atmosphere than its neighbouring resorts. Stalos is an ideal destination for family holidays and couples on a romantic break as the resort offers visitors a variety of great activities on and off the beach.

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and Stalos' perfect position allows visitors to explore its rugged interior and laid-back shoreline. The coastline has hundreds of beautiful beaches and there is no difficulty in finding a secluded spot to soak up the sun. When the sun and surf get to be too much – if it ever could – Stalos offers guests plenty of culture to enjoy.

With some astonishingly cheap flights and great deals on a range of accommodation, from all inclusive hotels to exquisite villas, Stalos is a fantastic destination to escape to in 2019 / 2020.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Holidays in Stalos can be full of activities, or they can simply be spent relaxing in the sun. If you are more of the active type, then you may want to head to the neighbouring resort of Malia or Hersonissos, where you will find a number of non-beach activities such as horse riding, golf, football and mountain biking. For those of you on a family holiday, then why not check out the Star Beach Waterpark or the Aquarium in Hersonissos?

For a real taste of culture and history of Greece on your Stalos holiday, visit the open-air folklore Lychnostatis Museum and the monastery of Agios Georgios. A holiday in Stalos would not be complete without a visit to Knossos where you can see the ancient Minoan palace.

Samaria National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site's tentative list, and visitors to this 18-kilometre gorge can take in its majesty. Hike the park as you take in the island's natural beauty.

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Eating out

Eating out

Visitors to Stalos will find the village is cemented in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Locals make great use of natural resources and fresh vegetables in their recipes. Meals start off with fresh meze, which may include olive-oil-drizzled Greek salads, or freshly caught and prepared seafood.

Food in Stalos is hearty and traditional, and visitors will be left stuffed after a lunch or dinner out. Although seafood is popular on the island, lamb and pork are favourites in local recipes. Lamb with stamnagathi is one of the trendiest dishes on local menus. Add a Greek red wine and you have a deliciously unique Cretan dinner.

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Families

Families

Stalos' prime position on Crete allows visitors to explore the island with ease. Crete is filled with great cultural venues and exciting historical monuments. Samaria National Park is a perfect destination for families looking for outdoor excitement and exercise. Sporty families will love the hike that can take up to six hours to complete.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a tourist stop that gives families a holiday educational experience. Visitors can learn about the archaeological sites all across the Greek Island.

Stalos Beach is the hub of the resort, and families in need of a beach holiday will be rooted to the sands during their stay. A number of water sports are available to beachgoers and when an escape from the sun is needed, the tavernas and cafes located nearby are the perfect refuge.

Families looking for a break from the beach can find fun at Star Beach Waterpark, where everyone can slip and slide down the winding water tubes. Visitors can also enjoy horse riding and mountain biking in the rugged hills near Stalos.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

The 18-kilometre hike through Samaria National Park is considered one of the must-do activities when visiting Stalos. But guests looking for adventure activities with less wear and tear on the feet can find them closer to the coastline.

Santorini is just north of Crete, and visitors can take a day trip to the volcanic island to explore its beautiful old towns. Whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and winding staircases lead visitors to quaint tavernas and quiet little shops. Visitors interested in boat trips can cruise the waters near Stalos. Whether you just want to explore the sea off the coast or you would prefer to cruise around the coastline to see the beaches and coves, visitors can join a boat excursion for the day.

The Venetians first developed Chania’s postcard-perfect Old Harbour in the 14th century. It is a wonder of old world architecture set against the stunning Mediterranean sun and blue sky. Exploring the promenade will bring visitors to cafes and restaurants that will provide relief from the excitement of a day out.

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Beaches

Beaches

A beach holiday in Stalos will see you relaxing on the long and narrow golden sandy beach that stretches along the coast to the resort of Malia and beyond. Stalos Beach has been declared one of Europe's Blue Flag beaches, and visitors from all over the north-west of Crete flock to the sandy shore.

Stalos Beach is well developed and it is easy to find a bite to eat or a cool drink when the sun gets too hot. The beautiful beach is backed by a row of tavernas, bars, restaurants and hotels, so you won’t be short of places to refuel after a long day in the sun on your beach holiday. The beach also offers a number of watersport activities for those visitors who fancy a bit of action. Try your hand at water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing or sea kayaking.

For a change of seaside scenery, just half an hours drive will find you in beautiful Almyrida.With over 2km of coastline which includes 3 stunning blue flag beaches, Almyrida is a fantastic day trip from Stalos for a relaxed day on the beach and perfect for families. Even closer, just 15 minutes away by car, the sleepy coastal village of Kato Dratso also boasts 3 beaches, as well as plenty of beach facilities, giving you plenty of options for days by the sea.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

A holiday in Stalos isn't about pulsating music drifting through the air or all-night parties raging until dawn. Stalos holidays are perfect for strolling on the waterfront underneath the Mediterranean sky after an al fresco dinner.

While quiet evenings are the flavour of Stalos' nightlife, visitors will find lively bars and dance clubs located nearby. From rock music bars to hot dance clubs playing modern tracks, Stalos has a little bit of everything for guests. If dancing or rocking out doesn’t sound like fun, there are plenty of palm-tree-fringed beach bars and cafes to enjoy a cold beverage.

Variety is always on tap on Stalos holidays, and visitors to the resort will have no difficulty finding something new to do each night. However, for even more choice, variety, and atmosphere, Chania is just a short drive away and offers the most vibrant nightlife on Crete.

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Couples

Couples

Couples on a holiday in Stalos can expect nonstop sun while spending their days on the beach. Adventurous couples can scuba dive off the coast of Stalos Beach and discover a world below the surface. Couples can experience a number of day excursions during their Stalos stay. Whether it is an Aegean Sea cruise or a jeep safari through the rugged hills around Stalos, couples can try once-in-a-lifetime activities during their holiday.

For something truly different, couples can head to Crete's east coast where they will find Palm Beach: a narrow strip of sand backed by gorgeous palm trees. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire island, and Crete is not short of beaches.

A day trip to Chania offers couples the chance to walk the town's quiet streets to take in its charming atmosphere. The Venetians heavily influenced the town and its architecture lends a romantic vibe to the air. Once the sun goes down over Stalos, couples will find traditional Greek restaurants and tavernas serving fresh dishes, and unique recipes. Finish the night off with nightclub visit or quiet drink in one of the local bars.

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Culture

Culture

Stalos holidays are all about the beach, but the area around the resort is full of Greek culture and history. Chania contains many of the great historical sites in the area, and visitors can spend much of their holiday in Stalos exploring them. The Archaeological Museum and the Maritime Museum are both windows into Crete's past. The Minoans originally founded the area, before the Venetians arrived and developed the region. Much of the architecture created by the Venetians still stands today, and can be seen when visitors walk the streets and harbour.

Throughout the summer, the streets in Stalos and Chania come alive with music and arts festivals. Locals dress up in the clothing from the past and dance in music shows. Concerts are popular during the festivals and local musicians entertain guests on holiday. Food stalls pop up during the festivals and offer visitors the chance to taste traditional Greek and Cretan cooking.

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