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Located on the north-east coast of Crete, Malia is a modern town renowned for its party lifestyle. The town is also well known as the setting of The Inbetweeners Movie. With an atmosphere rivalling the likes of Ibiza and Kavos, it’s no wonder why young partygoers flock here! However, the nightlife isn’t its only attraction, with an abundance of culture, history and natural beauty Malia appeals to a variety of tourists.
In the daytime travellers can immerse themselves in what Malia has to offer. For sightseers, Old Town is not to be missed, with its picturesque cobbled streets, homely tavernas, and ancient churches. When the sun goes down, the bars and clubs on the strip begin to open. Malia caters to every music taste with its many clubs, ensuring you can party until the early hours of the morning!
Whilst the buzzing nightlife attracts plenty of keen partygoers annually, this resort is also an appealing holiday destination for couples, especially during the off-season. You’ll find that Malia’s relaxing, scenic beaches and laidback cocktail bars create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway.
With an eclectic mix of culture, history, and nightlife, there’s plenty to do in the daytime and the evening!
Beach road is home to Malia’s exciting nightlife. On this strip you can find a variety of bars and clubs – all promising a great time. A holiday to Malia can give you the ultimate party experience, with its impressive lights and variety of events!
The most common dining option in Malia are the tavernas. Here you can enjoy typical Cretan cuisine made with local vegetables, meat, and fish.
Children will enjoy the beaches with plenty of water-sports and clear water to paddle in. Acqua Plus waterpark makes for a great day trip, with a variety of slides for adrenaline junkies.
Malia has six sandy beaches in total. Sirens beach hosts great water-sports activities – from banana boats to parasailing! If you’re looking for a relaxing location to sunbathe and swim, Potamos beach is quieter and further away from the bars.
Beach road is the best place to go to for shopping. There are supermarkets for replenishing holiday essentials or souvenir shops selling tourist memorabilia, locally made pottery, jewellery and delicacies.
In the Summer, the resort hosts Malia Live Beach Festival which attracts thousands of visitors annually. A variety of big-name Djs and artists perform at different venues – with previous headliners including AJ Tracey, Tinie Tempah, and Jess Glyne!
The peak party season is between February and November. During this time travellers can also enjoy warm, sunny weather with temperatures reaching the low 30s. Sightseers should visit in the springtime or September when there are fewer crowds and cooler temperatures.
The currency used in Malia is Euro.
Malia is two hours ahead of Irish time.
The flights from Dublin to Heraklion Airport are around 4.5 hours long and depart every week. From the airport, a shuttle transfer can get you to Malia in around 1 hour. Once you’re at the resort, a lot of attractions can be reached by foot, however taxis and the affordable bus service can also be used.