Malia, Crete: History, Beaches and Nightlife

 

Malia is a major holiday resort on the northern coast of Crete, just over 30 km east of the island’s capital of Heraklion. The town is extremely popular, especially with young British tourists and in recent years it has become one of Europe’s hottest nightlife destinations.

Along the town’s main strip there is a host of bars, clubs, discos, taverns and restaurants that are jam-packed from April to October. Outside of the modern city center, there is the old town of Malia and the Minoan Palace of Malia, which, though destroyed during the late Bronze Age, is now being excavated.

Looking back at Malia from the Minoan Palace. Photo credit Andrew Skudder / CC BY-SA

Looking back at Malia from the Minoan Palace. Photo credit Andrew Skudder / CC BY-SA

So what is there to do in Malia?

Well, the evenings are spoken for, as most visitors will be partying the night away at the various bars and nightclubs on the main strip. For a more quiet night on the town, take a break from the debauchery of the strip and explore tavernas in Mailia’s Old Town.

During the day, the beach is the main attraction for many holidaymakers and its fine golden sand runs right up to the end of the strip, extending all the way down to the Palace of Malia.

Relaxing at a seaside cafe in Malia.

Relaxing at a seaside cafe in Malia.

While in Malia, there’s also the opportunity to do a little bit of exploring. First up on the itinerary is the Minoan Palace of Malia, which was built 4,000 years ago. The palace was destroyed several times in its history by earthquake, but its excavated ruins are still an interesting sight for history enthusiasts.

The excavated ruins of the Minoan Palace at Malia.

The excavated ruins of the Minoan Palace at Malia.

Another way to spend a day is to take a Land Rover Safari of the island. Traveling away from the regular tourist haunts, these trips get out to discover the real Crete and its mesmerizing landscape of mountains, gorges and beaches.

Finally, one could take the Apollon Day Cruise from Malia to explore the neighboring villages of Stalis and Hersonissos. This is just a short boat trip, but is great fun and makes a nice trip out.

A wonderful place to enjoy the sun, sea, history and some of Europe’s best nightlife, Malia has a lot to offer tourists.

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