Malia is the honeypot of Crete for all-night revellers and dusk ‘til dawn bars, if you’re looking for somewhere to party than this is the place to be! The nightlife, parties and beaches are good enough to rival the likes of Ibiza and will make you want to come back year after year.
Situated on the North coast of Crete, Malia boasts some of the best beaches on the island. The soft, white sand is often littered with sleepy teens during the day recovering from the night before and simultaneously preparing for the night ahead. However, if you’ve got energy to spare and can’t wait for the evening to let your hair down, boat parties are the way to go to create some unforgettable memories!
When the sun sets and the evening arrives, the main strip is the place to be. It’s hard not to get involved in the party atmosphere as enthusiastic club reps wander the streets with promises of cheap drinks and a good night! Although even if the reps weren’t around, it would be hard not to have a good time in Malia!
Aside from the obvious main strip for a spot of dancing and drinking in the evening, Malia has got a lot more to offer than its top notch bars and clubs. The stunning coastline is one of the best things about Malia and a great place to catch up on some sleep while soaking up the rays! Glozanie beach has a hectic atmosphere in summer with its jet skis, banana boats and paragliding. For a quieter atmosphere, locals head to Potomas beach which is more chilled out compared to the party vibe of Glozanie.
If you do fancy a bit of time out from the party scene, Beach Road is perfect for some souvenir shopping or why not discover the hidden half of Malia. The “Old Town” is a maze of cobbled streets, colourful buildings and old churches. This romantic side of town is here you’ll find the locals hanging out in the sun and trading village gossip in the evening.Further up the road, are the ruins of Malia’s Minoan Palace where the Royal Minoan family used to holiday every summer. It’s not as grand as it used to be but is worth a visit for an insight into the history of Malia.
Daytrips are also handy from Malia, visit the nearby Spinalonga Island or why not take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Santorini? For the daredevils out there, take part in a 4x4 adventure with your friends or hike through the beautiful Samaria Gorge.
As with the rest of Crete, the food in Malia is delicious. Tavernas serve up fresh fish, chicken and meat with a variety of salads and home grown vegetables. Restaurants in the old town are the ideal place to get a taste of authentic Greek food. Here you’ll find stuffed vine leaves, deep fried squid and mouth-watering baklava for dessert. Plus, there’s also the added entertainment of traditional Greek plate smashing and fire dancing. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds, honest!
There’s also quite good selection of non-Greek cuisine in Malia making it a good destination for picky eaters! If you don’t fancy the look of Cretian food, try the Italian, Mexican or Thai restaurants around town. You can even pop into the English pub if you’re missing a good old fashioned pint. With Malia being a party place though, for every pretty taverna, cute café and nice restaurant, there’s a take-away or fast food joint on every corner. Convenient for that late night burger or juicy, fried chicken that is a staple part of any great night out.
Now for the drinks, do we even need to mention what’s available here? There’s the beer, the cider and the shots. A standard recipe for a night out in Malia (thought maybe not all at once!). Just don’t forget there’s also water available for the day after!