Holidays in Stalis
A laid-back seaside resort in Crete’s sun-drenched Heraklion region, Stalis wins admirers for its traditional Cretan character and gorgeous golden beaches. The town is full of Venetian architecture, old churches and Greek tavernas, with some of the region’s top attractions on its doorstep. You’re just 15 minutes’ drive from the island’s superb Crete Golf Club and for families, the popular Acqua Plus water park.
June and July for hot and sunny beach weather.
Heraklion Airport (HER).
Enjoy five kilometres of golden sands, fun with the kids at Acqua Plus and leisurely days at Crete Golf Club when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Stalis.
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Stalis’ sunny seafront is full of Cretan charm, with beautiful Venetian architecture and a busy promenade lining over five kilometres of golden sand. The beach has a quieter end that’s perfect for families, with shallow waters and places to eat nearby. Further west towards Malia is Stalis’ water sports hub. Take the kids for a day out at Acqua Plus, Crete’s largest water park with dozens of slides and swimming pools. A wonderful destination for golfers, Stalis is around 15 minutes’ drive from Crete Golf Club, home to the island’s only 18-hole golf course.
Stalis has a long, sandy beach winding like a golden ribbon up to neighbouring Malia. Backed by palm trees and featuring soft white-gold sand and a blue, shallow shore, the beach is the picture-perfect place to spend the sunny days. The sand is lined with sun loungers and umbrellas, with a bustling seafront full of beach cafes, bars and hotels. The sand shelves gradually into the beautifully clear water, making it shallow and safe for kids to swim in, overseen by lifeguards. The lively western end of the beach, close to Malia, is the best place in Stalis for water sports, including windsurfing, jet skiing and water skiing.
If you’re looking for family attractions in Stalis, just 15 minutes’ bus ride away is Crete’s much-loved Acqua Plus water park. Popular with all ages, pick from dozens of water slides, wave pools and a lazy river, and little kids can enjoy the water playground while parents get some rest in the jacuzzis. Round off the day with a family meal at the park’s choice of restaurants and cafes. Stalis’ waterfront is a buzzing dining and nightlife zone after dark. Dine in seafood restaurants and spend the balmy evenings gazing out across the ocean from a Greek taverna, or make it a big night out in the clubs.
Stalis is popular for its traditional Cretan feel, with old Venetian streets dotted with tavernas and old churches following the curve of the coast. Ideally located for day trips, catch a boat out to the fascinating Spinalonga Island, a tiny islet off the coast that still bears the remains of its Venetian fortifications. If you’re in need of a little R’n’R, a good place to go in Stalis is the Crete Golf Club, just 15 minutes away by car or bus. The only 18-hole golf course in Crete, the club is located among the island’s most beautiful green scenery, with a mountain-style layout at the edge of the coast.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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