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 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.
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.
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.
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.