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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.

28 °C

in May and June but a warm destination all year round. 

4 hours

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.

Recommended offers in Malia

Sarpidon Apartments

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Only 500m from resort centre
  • Sun terrace with mountain views
  • One outdoor swimming pool and poolside snack bar

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Based on 180 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£280

Villa Mare Monte

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights

As the largest of Greece's islands, it's no surprise that Crete offers guests real variety. In addition to the expected picturesque landscapes and ...

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Based on 252 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

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£442

Malia Mare Hotel

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

Whichever Malia you're looking for - the exciting nightlife, the stunning beaches or the sleepy Old Town - the Malia Mare puts you in a great posit...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£402

Royal Heights Resort

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

The Royal Heights Resort enjoys a beautiful location in the area of Malia, Crete. This resort is built on a hill side which can only mean one thing...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£601

Happy Days Studios

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights

If you're looking to explore the vibrant Greek nightlife, but don't want to be where the action is 24/7, then check out the Happy Days Studios. Loc...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£354

Nikos Hotel

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

Tucked away in a quiet location in Malia, the Nikos Hotel gives you a little bit of respite from the busy, lively atmosphere of the area, yet still...

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Based on 40 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£380

Primavera Beach Apartments

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights

With panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and a warm family feel, Primavera Beach Apartments is just seconds from the main beach at Malia. Bright stud...

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Based on 380 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£358

smartline Kyknos Beach Hotel & Bungalows

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights

The smartline Kyknos Beach Hotel & Bungalows rests just 200 m from a sandy beach in Heraklion, between the bustling resorts of Malia and Stalis...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£533

Carolina Mare Hotel

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights

The Carolina Mare Hotel (ex Phaedra Beach) which is ideal for families rests on the delightful sandy beach in the bustling resort of Malia on ...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£580

Kristalli Hotel Apartments

Malia, Crete

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights

Crete has long been a magnet for fun-loving holiday makers eager for affordable accommodation, nightlife and fun filled days on the beach or at wat...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£395

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. 

MALIA IS BEST FOR...

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.


FAST FACTS

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
www.visitgreece.gr

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


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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.


EVENTS

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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