While it might have thousands of years of history behind it, modern-day Malia is now famous as the party capital of Crete. Holidays to Malia are stocked with everything you could need to make yours one to remember: soak up the Mediterranean sunshine from a soft-sanded beach, or clear the cobwebs from the night before with some high-octane water sports. If you need a day out, the nearby Watercity is packed with thrills, spills, rides, slides, foamy flumes, and plenty of laughs! However, the nightlife is the star of the show and, once the sun goes down, you’ll find this sleepy little town erupting into a kaleidoscope of neon-lights, cool club tunes and some of the best bars on the island.
Things to do
Malia is Crete’s very own Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde resort. By day, it’s a beach-lover’s paradise, with sun-bleached sands shelving gently into sapphire-blue seas. There are plenty of water sports, if you want to add some adrenaline to your Malia holidays: choose from activities such as water-skiing and banana-boating.
For something a bit different, head to the Watercity waterpark, which is only a short bus-ride away. There, you’ll find some white-knuckle rides and slides, such as the Turbo Cyclone, the Hyper Race and the Kamikaze: a perfect way to clear your head after the night before. However, if that’s a bit too much for you, Watercity has its own sun-loungers and bars. Once you’ve recovered and the sun goes down, it’s time to embrace Mr Hyde and get stuck into the world-famous nightlife.
Malia has one of the best beaches in the whole of Crete. The fine, golden sand stretches for six kilometres and gently deepens into the warm, turquoise sea. It’s lined with sun loungers and parasols for you to sit back, relax and take in the spectacular views. The beach is well developed, with lots of thrilling water sports for you to choose from, should you wish to try.
History and culture
Today, Malia is known mostly for its buzzing nightlife, but it was actually the oldest inhabited area in all of Greece. Olive oil is the symbol of Crete and is a big part of Greece’s rich culture. Malia produces around 600 tons of olive oil a year and it’s the olive farms that shape the beautiful countryside. If you want to explore the quieter side of Malia, there are lots of day trips and excursions around the island, like a trip to view the unspoilt, ancient Minoan palace ruins, where Crete’s royal family once reigned.
Whether you’re travelling as a couple or part of a group and you love to party, then Malia is the perfect place for you. Beach Road, aka ‘The Strip’, is home to a variety of well-stocked bars and nightclubs playing all sorts of music, from cheesy tunes to club classics. If you fancy a delicious cocktail or singing your heart out at karaoke, then start your night at Bar One and Premier.
Want something a little more contemporary? Then Candy Club is the place for you. It has an excessively large sound system and is notorious for being the biggest club in Malia. It hosts events through the season, playing music from all genres, including house and EDM. To have an unforgettable night, party at one of Candy Club’s popular silent discos and UV glow events. If you’re a fan of house music, head to Zig Zag, or frolic in foam three times a week at Camelot Castle Club.
The well-established nightclub, Mode, is also not to be missed. Party under the stars in its open-air area or grab a drink at one of its four bars. Its resident and guest DJs will have you dancing the night away thanks to its flamboyant, tropical vibe. Nearly all the clubs and bars are open daily, so you’ll be spoilt for choice whenever you head out.