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Holidays in Malia

A Lively Greek Resort

Malia riviera near Heraklion city in Crete, Greece

Malia - A Small but Vibrant Resort on the Island of Crete

Malia is a popular coastal town on the island of Crete in Greece offering everything you need for an exciting, action packed break. Holidays in Malia are popular with families, couples and especially groups of young singles looking to enjoy the nightlife. From historical archaeological sites to the hundreds of bars that line the beach, there is always something to see and do during a Malia break. Although there is no airport in Malia itself the nearest major airport is Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport ideal for those looking for Malia flights. The airport is in Heraklion, Greece and is just 26 km from the centre of Malia ensuring that transfer times to hotels within the resort are kept to a minimum.

Accommodation in Malia ranges from large, international hotel chains to small apartments ideal for those enjoying a self catered break. Malia hotels vary from luxury to budget so there is something to suit all travel tastes. If you prefer to stay away from the main town area, there are plenty of smaller resorts on the outskirts that are perfect for families staying in the area. The town centre is the heart of Malia’s nightlife therefore hotels within this area are usually catered towards groups of young travellers.

Malia enjoys a year round warm temperature and boasts plenty of fantastic beaches covered in golden sand. There are plenty of buses and taxis available to take you around the resort; those looking to head further afield can hire a car or even a scooter to explore the island. Whether you intend on enjoying a relaxing break or prefer to experience all of the sports and leisure facilities that the resort offers, Malia holidays offer something for everyone.

Malia - Sightseeing and Attractions

Although Malia holidays are more famous for the nightlife, there are plenty of things to see and do during a break to this Greek haven. One of the must see tourist spots is the palace of Malia, built and rebuilt in the Bronze Age, the ruins of the palace are still visible to this date. The central courtyard area is surrounded by carvings and pillars that offer an insight into the history of this otherwise modern resort. In recent years a Minoan Town has been discovered around the palace, tourists are allowed to wander through theses ruins and learn more about the homes that once stood on the site.

Holidays in Malia are perfect for beach lovers with a several long, sandy stretches that offer fantastic facilities and crystal clear waters. Energetic travellers will appreciate the many water sports available on the beaches; expect to find everything from wind-surfing to scuba diving facilities ready for you to try. Many tourists also choose to enjoy a fun ride on one of the many inflatables, hop onboard a banana boat or a rubber ring and enjoy an exhilarating trip.

Shopping is another popular pastime during Malia holidays with many markets and shopping malls to explore during your stay. Gift shops are very common around the area and are ideal for picking up holiday souvenirs to take home. Expect to find great deals on clothing and electrical items along with plenty of supermarkets that stock all holiday essentials, ideal for those opting for a self catered package.

Malia - Nightlife and Cuisine

Malia is famous for its lively nightlife, with hundreds of bars and clubs within the resort that stay open until the early hours. Thousands of young tourists arrive in the resort each year to experience the nightlife that rivals that of other European party resorts such as Ibiza and Magaluf. The ‘Main Strip’ area is home to many of the larger venues and is often packed throughout the summer season. Big name DJ’s and performers often arrive in Malia offering an extra special twist to a typical holiday night out. If you prefer a more sedate evening experience, there are several more intimate taverns and cocktail bars that are ideal for enjoying a quiet drink during a Malia holiday.

Those staying in one of the many all inclusive Malia hotels will enjoy a wide range of fantastic dishes and delicacies from traditional Greek cuisine to international favourites. There are plenty of authentic Greek restaurants around the resort offer a traditional dining experience. Some of the most popular dishes include delicious kebabs, salads and platters of Greek Meze. Visitors to the resort can also enjoy Chinese, Mexican, Indian and even fast food eateries that are scattered around Malia. Greek wines are available in the majority of establishments, be prepared to sample plenty of the national drink, ouzo.

Malia Weather and Climate

Malia boasts a year round warm climate with long, dry summers and short, dry winters. The most popular time to enjoy a holiday to Malia is during July and August when the temperatures reach the high thirties, during this time the resort is full of families taking advantage of the school holidays and cloudless skies. If you are looking for a less hectic experience, the resort is also ideal to visit during the spring and autumn. The temperatures are still high however there is a refreshing Mediterranean breeze that ensures that the resort stays comfortable.

There is a chance of rain during the winter months however any showers usually clear up quickly, leaving plenty of time to enjoy your Malia break.

Where is Malia?

Take a look at this map of Malia before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Malia

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