Stalis holidays

Located on the north-east coast of Crete, Stalis started out as a small, fishing village. However, once the world got wind of its white, powder-soft beach, the spectacularly sunny climate and the fantastic food, it blossomed into one of the island’s most popular holiday hotspots. Today, Stalis is a fabulous fusion of old-school Cretan charm and modern, tourist-friendly bars and restaurants, making it very popular with British families and couples looking to enjoy a fun-filled holiday. You’ll find a good range of attractions nearby: golfers will enjoy the superb setting and the challenging courses at the Crete Golf Club, while families can easily spend a day at the popular Acqua Plus water park. With plenty of shopping and things to do, booking your holidays to Stalis allows you to make your break just what you want it to be.

Things to do

With a bustling promenade, superb examples of Venetian architecture and a sumptuous, sun-kissed beach, this destination has been attracting families and couples to its gently-shelving shores for decades. While it’s not as lively as resorts such as Malia, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do on your Stalis holiday. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to make a day of it at the Acqua Plus waterpark, Crete’s largest water park and packed with dozens of slides and swimming pools. If you’ve any fans of the five-iron in your party, be sure to pay a visit to the Crete Golf Club, home to the island’s only 18-hole golf course.

 

Excellent beaches

Stalis is in a great location as it’s near to several sandy beaches. Its very own Stalis beach has lovely clean, white sand that slopes into shallow, warm, waters. Spending a whole day by the beach is easy as there are lots of things to do, including exhilarating water sports and several bars and restaurants close by.

History and culture

Much like the rest of Crete, tourism in Stalis grew dramatically in the 1980s. It was the beach that first gained attention from holidaymakers, because of the white sand and beautiful views of fishing boats on the horizon. In fact, today the coastal road holds the most activity in Stalis, with many shops, hotels, bars and tavernas lining the area. Stalis is quieter than its neighbouring resorts, which makes it particularly favourable for families. But travelling to Hersonissos and Malia is easy enough if you are in need of a wilder night out.

Vibrant nightlife

Whatever you’re after, Stalis has a unique range of after dark activities. Unwind in stylish cocktail bars or be entertained by live acts in the lively Irish pubs. Be puzzled in a pub quiz and watch a film at the little cinema, after eating at the large selection of tavernas situated along the waterfront.

Shopping

Stalis has lots of shops selling everything you could need for a beach holiday; so don’t worry if you forget your sun cream or even your swimsuit. Keep the kids entertained for hours with the inflatables, buckets and spades available too. You can pick up bargains from a range of boutiques, or buy one-of-a-kind, handmade jewellery from the resident goldsmiths working at the fantastic jewellers. Other shops and stalls sell all kinds of local products, from pottery and linen to olive oil, herbs and spices.

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Map of Stalis

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If you want to make the most of the sunbathing opportunities on your holidays in Stalis, book between June and August, when the temperatures hops up into the thirties.

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Flights land at Heraklion Airport (HER), which is just under 30km from the resort.

Stalis is best for...

Golfers: Stalis is 15 minutes’ drive from Crete’s only 18-hole golf course, with a superb clubhouse and a mountain-style course.

Families: Stalis is packed with activities to keep kids busy, from beaches to boat trips and the Acqua Plus water park a 15 minute bus ride away.

Beach lovers: The soft, golden sands of Stalis’ beach stretch for over five kilometres, featuring all mod cons including sun beds and water sports.

Fast facts for Stalis

Language: The language spoken in Stalis is Greek

Currency: The currency used in Stalis is the Euro (€)

Local time: Stalis is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER)

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours

Tourist Information: Further Stalis tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/destinations/prefecture_of_heraklion

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 Stalis

Getting around Stalis

By bus: Crete is well serviced by buses, which run very regularly in the high season and are an affordable and efficient way of getting around. A bus services Stalis’ town centre and connects nearby towns and cities like Heraklion, making them ideal for day trips.

By taxi: For shorter journeys or airport transfers, taxis are a good option. They are readily available in Stalis and at the airport.

By car: Car hire is ideal for visitors interested in exploring Crete in their own time. Rates at the international car hire companies are reasonable and the roads in Crete are easy to navigate.

Events in Stalis

Summer festival: Stalis is just 30 minutes’ drive from the town of Heraklion, which comes alive in July for its annual Summer Arts Festival. Taking place over several weeks, the festival features music concerts, dance and theatre in the beautiful Nikos Kazantzakis open-air theatre.

Beach festival: Down on Crete’s southern coast is the famous Matala Beach, former hotspot for musicians and young travellers in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the beach celebrates its past with an annual festival on the beach, with tributes playing the biggest hits from the era in the beautiful surroundings.

Stalis weather

Temperature: Average high of 28°C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July for hot and sunny beach weather.

Crete enjoys typical Mediterranean summers, with resorts like Stalis known for their hot, dry summers and high average temperatures. The hottest months are July and August, and the summer weather generally lasts through September.

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