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Holidays in Malia
The clubbing capital of Crete, Malia brings in the crowds for its mix of wild nightlife, Mediterranean sunshine and stunning beaches. Fill your days playing games on the beach, racing jet skis across the beautiful clear water or visit the local Watercity. You don’t have to wait for the sun to go down for the parties to begin – get drinks on the beach before hitting the clubs, bars and pubs on the strip.
in May and June but a warm destination all year round.
Heraklion Airport (HER).
Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Malia for your pick of the resort’s golden beaches, a top water park and nights spent partying on the strip.
During the day, Malia’s beautiful beaches are the best place to make the most of the sunshine. Pick from party beaches packed with bars and games, or walk a little further to find quiet spots to relax and work on your tan. The water sports in Malia are fantastic, from the classic banana boat to water skiing. If you’re up for a day out, make it Watercity, just 15 minutes’ bus ride away. The water park has all kinds of slides, pools and bars – perfect for spending the day. At night, it’s all about the strip. Start early and finish late with the beach bars, English pubs and clubs.
Malia is home to some of the best beaches in Crete, set along a gorgeous golden coast that stretches for five kilometres. The best known is Pleasure Beach, lined with lively bars playing music all day, with places to grab food or a drink as well as pool tables and table tennis. If you fancy somewhere a bit quieter, wander east along the coast to Sun Beach, with silky white sand perfect for chilling out and sunbathing. Beach activities in Malia include beach volleyball, banana boats and jet skiing, and all beaches are well-stocked with sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as having their own beach cafes and bars.
When you fancy a change from the beach, there are loads of things to do in Malia before it’s time to hit the strip. Visit the resort’s sports centre for a game of football, or race your mates on the tracks at go-karting centre Kartland. For a top day out, jump on a bus and in 15 minutes you’re in Watercity, the region’s best water park. A hit with all ages, the park has hair-raising water slides like the Black and Red Tube, plus a wave pool, lazy river and jacuzzis. You can also chill out at one of the park’s three bars and grab a burger at the grill.
Malia has a well-deserved reputation as the party capital of Crete, with clubs, bars and venues to get you going from day to night. During the day, the beach bars are the place to chill out with a drink and get in the mood, and at night, the best places in Malia are on the strip. Think top DJs and dance clubs open until dawn, as well as sports bars and pubs to kick things off. Keep an eye out for fancy dress, theme nights and special parties – lots of clubs on the strip are known for their foam parties or silent discos.
Beach lovers: Malia’s picture-perfect golden beaches have soft sand for sunbathing, warm water and lots of places to eat and drink.
Clubbers: The strip is legendary for being Crete’s leading clubbing zone, packed with bars, clubs and non-stop parties
Thrill-seekers: With the nights taken care of, spend your days racing go karts, riding jet skis or speeding down water slides.
Language: The language spoken in Malia is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Malia is the Euro (€)
Local time: Malia is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Malia tourist information can be found at
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malia
Temperature: Summer average of 28°C.
Best time to visit: May and June.
Crete’s temperate Mediterranean climate means Malia enjoys hot summers and long hours of sunshine. The temperature is firmly in the mid to high 20s (°C) between June and September, with July and August being the hottest months.
By bus: The bus service in Malia is reliable and cheap, running regularly during high season. The service runs past all of the resort’s beaches as well as out to neighbouring towns and attractions.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Malia and are an affordable option for making short journeys, or returning to your hotel at night. There is a taxi rank in the centre of town.
On foot: It’s possible to walk to most places of interest in Malia in about 10 minutes. Many of the hotels are right by the beach and within easy walking distance to the town and nightlife.
Malia Live: The Malia Live festival comes to Pleasure Beach in July, for two days of big-name acts and clubbing by the sea. The festival sees 3,000 people partying on the golden sands, to the likes of Tim Westwood, Wretch 32 and Ms Dynamite.
Tourist’s day: As In September, Malia hosts a special Tourist’s Day to get visitors involved in the local culture. The day is part of a traditional Cretan festival celebrated by locals, and gets everyone involved in enjoying Greek dancing, music and food in the old town square.
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