Situated on the stunning island of Crete is the popular town of Malia. It’s an excellent place for a holiday in 2020 thanks to its lovely old town, wide array of bars and restaurants, and excellent position for enabling you to explore the rest of the island. The several beaches in the area, the closest of which is just 1km from the town, offer visitors glorious stretches of sand perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Head to one of the fantastic restaurants in the area and tuck into some delicious Greek cuisine including olives, bread, fresh fish and local vegetables.
Malia is famed for its nightlife and attracts those looking to let loose and party. There is a range of bars and nightclubs which are open late into the evening. Head a little further out of town and you’ll find plenty of quieter cafés where you can relax with a glass of wine away from the hustle and bustle of the central district. From discovering the area’s ancient history to spending the afternoon in lively a water park, there's something for everyone on a visit to this exceptional resort.
Your guide to Malia holidays
Malia's location on Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, brings a wealth of opportunity for exploration. Malia Old Town is an excellent place to start your adventure. There are traditional shops, cafes and restaurants situated in buildings that date back over 300 years. The ancient Malian Minoan palace is open to the public every day of the week. Visitors will get a rich insight into the lives of the Minoans and feel the energy living on in this ancient relic.
Outside the town, there are many more attractions just waiting to be discovered. The Palace of Knossos is the most famous example of Minoan civilisation on the island of Crete. Its impressive structure remains largely intact and is full of hidden treasures. The island is home to many secret caves, some of which can only be reached by boat. It is thought that they are over 3,000 caves on the island's shores, from the famous Milatos and St Paul's to other beauties that remain elusive.
Malia's central beach is located 1km from the town centre. This gorgeous stretch of sand extends 600m along the shore and is awash with bars, restaurants and facilities like toilets and showers. If you want to head a little further afield, then just east of Central Beach you’ll find Sun beach, popular with families thanks to its children's pools and lack of crowds.
Crete is a huge island so there are plenty of opportunities to seek out a quiet and secluded bay away from the popular resorts. Elafonísi's white sands are peppered with pink coral, giving it a distinctly tropical feel, complete with vibrant red starfish. If windsurfing if your passion, then Koureménos Beach is the place to be. Conditions here are excellent and there are many authentic tavernas where you can head for a spot of lunch or a drink in the sunshine. Last, but certainly not least, is Mátala. Famed for being the home of a hippy community, its many caves are illuminated at sunset making for a magical place to enjoy a cocktail when on holiday in Malia.