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12-28 ℃

If you want to make the most of the sunshine on your holiday, book your break between May and June, when the mercury is at its highest. 

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Flights land at Heraklion Airport, which is just over 30km from the resort.

Weather and climate in Malia

Temperature: Summer average of 28°C.

Best time to visit: May and June.

The mercury starts to climb from May, hitting the mid-twenties before climbing higher through June, July and August, peaking in the low thirties. From September, things start to cool off, but only as far as the low twenties. However, the winter months are when the region sees the most rainfall. While the summer season is extremely busy, many choose to visit in spring, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the crowds are thinner.

Malia is best for...

Beach lovers: The main beach offers 6km of powder-soft sands; perfect for soaking up the sun.

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.

Fast facts for Malia

Language: While the main language spoken is Greek, most of the locals have a good command of English.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pennies and pounds for Euros, before jetting off on your holiday.

Local time: Malia is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Heraklion International Airport. The transfer time to Malia is 1 hour 45 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Malia is 3.5–4 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.

Holiday destinations related to Malia:

  • Aghios Nikolaos
  • Elounda
  • Hersonissos
  • Heraklion
  • Rethymnon
  • Stalis
  • Getting around Malia

    By bus: The bus service is reliable and cheap, running regularly during high season. The service runs past all the resort’s beaches, as well as out to neighbouring towns and attractions.

    By taxi: Taxis are readily available 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 of the town and its nightlife.

    Events in Malia

    Malia Live: This is the biggest and most hotly-anticipated event in the resort. Taking place over three days in July, you’ll see big-name acts such as Lethal Bizzle, Tinie Tempah, and J Hus and Mist entertaining a 3,000-strong crowd from neighbouring resorts such as Stalis and Hersonissos. Warm-ups are hosted by acclaimed DJs and the whole thing kicks off on the Pleasure Beach.

    Tourist’s day: 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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