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.
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.
Approximately four hours
Flights land at Heraklion Airport, which is just over 30km from the resort.
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.
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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.
The best and most popular is the main beach. Studded with parasols and sun loungers, it stretches over 6km, offering powder-soft sands, electric-blue sea, and plenty of sunshine. Pleasure Beach is the place to get into the party spirit, with plenty of beach bars serving drinks and snacks. Paradise Beach is also home to the Malia Live music festival, which takes place in July.
Most of the beaches offer a thrilling variety of water sports, but if you’d rather relax or recover in peace and quiet, head to Potamos Beach, which you’ll find east of the main strip, just beyond the harbour.
If you’ve had enough of sunbathing and you’ve got some time to fill before the clubs, pubs and parties get into full swing, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Malia. Kartland is a popular attraction, with a 600m track, an ultra-modern timing system, and go-karts that’ll hit speeds of up to 60mph, you can unleash your inner Lewis Hamilton for a few fun-filled hours.
If you’d like to cool off and test your nerve at the same time, Watercity waterpark is about 15 minutes away. 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’s nightlife is legendary and has earned the resort its reputation as the party capital of the Mediterranean. You can warm up during the day, enjoying a quiet beer or a cool cocktail in one of the many bars that line the beach. Once the sun sets it’s off to the main strip, where the drinks, music, dancing and fun flow until the early hours. You’ll find leading DJs cranking out the tunes at the bigger clubs, fancy-dress evenings, theme parties, foam parties, and pretty much any other party you care to think of! There are fast-food joints to keep you fuelled up, and even silent discos for those who want to try something a bit different.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.