Holidays in
Malia

Crete’s nightlife mecca

Crete’s undisputed party capital is up there with Magaluf and Sunny Beach in the neon-lit nightlife stakes. Its famous strip is tucked just behind the beach, and it’s packed with clubs, pubs and bars that encourage revellers to dance until dawn.

Holidays to Malia aren’t all about the nightlife, though. It’s loved for its beaches – golden sandy stretches which wind along the north-east coast. Favourite swathes include Potomas Beach, which has a sleepier feel than the rest, and Glozanie Beach, where the watersports and thatched bars create a lively atmosphere. 

Check out Malia’s Old Town for scenes of old-world Greece. Its cobbled lanes flaunt Medieval churches and whitewashed cottages that have stood the test of time. Unlike the strip of the town centre, you won’t find a fast food shop or a chain restaurant in sight here – it’s all about independents offering up tastes of the island.
 

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Expect authentic Greek fare in Malia Old Town. Near the strip, you’ll see fast food names you recognise like McDonalds, and pubs serving proper English breakfast.

The performer and DJ line-up switches up each year, but past favourites include Tinie Tempah, Fredo and Charlie Sloth.

Plenty. Banana boat rides, jet skis, kayaking – you’ll find it all on Malia’s lively stretches.

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Go off-roading

4x4 vehicles will take you deep into the Cretan countryside, where there are fields of wild flowers, gorgeous viewpoints and timewarp villlages.

Tour the Minoan Palace

Explore the ancient ruins of this sprawling site, which archaeologists reckons dates back to around 1900 BC.

Try the cuisine

Cretan food is fresh and flavoursome, from salads sprinkled with goat cheese to succulent souvlaki and meaty moussaka.