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Holidays in Stalis

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.

22-28 °C

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.

Approximately four hours

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

Enjoy five kilometres of golden sands, fun with the kids at Acqua Plus and leisurely days at Crete Golf Club when you book a holiday to Stalis.

Recommended offers in Stalis

Sergiani Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Great base to explore the local area
  • 200m from the sandy beach

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Based on 130 reviews

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Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Across the road from sandy beach
  • 30m from the resort centre
  • Tranquil and spacious hotel grounds

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 711 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Anastasia Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Excellent service
  • Friendly, family-run hotel
  • Tranquil location

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Based on 1352 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

smartline Kyknos Beach Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 200m to the beach, restaurants and shops
  • Wellness centre with beauty treatments
  • Two swimming pools and one kids' pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 242 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Paradise Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • 200m to the sandy beach of Stalis
  • 1km to the lively resort centre

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Based on 123 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Dionysos Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • In a great location close to the beach
  • Traditional Greek-style
  • Swimming pool located at Dionysos I

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 292 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 14 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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.

Holidays to Stalis offer plenty of opportunity for sunbathing. The beach is spacious, dusted with powder-soft sand, lined with palm trees, and lapped by clear, turquoise waters. The beach is studded with beach-brollies and sun loungers, making it the perfect place to relax. With a shallow-shelving shore and regular lifeguard patrols, little ones can splash safely in the waters and nervous toe-dippers can float a bit easier. If you want water sports, head west, towards Malia, where you ‘ll find an exciting variety, such as windsurfing, banana boats, 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. Crete’s largest, it offers a range of extreme slides for adrenaline junkies, such as the Tsunami, the Kamikaze, and Two Massive Black Holes! For younger children, there’s a series of lower-key rides and slides, such as the Lazy River and Octopus Waterslides. Grown-ups can relax in the hydro-massage pool, and watch their children on the inflatable castle or enjoying a bout of table tennis.

Holidays to Stalis will introduce you to a beautiful, seaside resort that has managed to retain much of its original character. Stroll around the town and you’ll find old Venetian streets dotted with tavernas and old churches following the curve of the coast. Ideally located for day trips, you can catch a boat out to the fascinating Spinalonga Island, a tiny islet off the coast that still bears the remains of its Venetian fortifications. For something that’s both educational and entertaining, visit the Aquaworld Aquarium in Hersonissos, a rescue centre for reptiles and marine creatures, where hands-on interaction is part of the program.

STALIS IS BEST FOR...

Golfers: Stalis is just a short drive from the island’s first 18-hole golf course, at the Crete Golf Club. Expect a spectacular backdrop, a bar and restaurant and courses for players of all abilities.

Families: Holidays here are packed with things for kids to do. From beachside water sports and exciting boat trips, to the thrills, spills and splashes at the Acqua Plus Waterpark, there’s no reason for anyone to be bored!

Beach lovers: The soft, golden sands of Stalis’ beach stretch for over 5km, featuring all mod cons including sun beds and water sports.


FAST FACTS

Language: The main language spoken in Stalis is Greek. While most of the locals have a good grasp of English, a phrasebook is always handy.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before jetting away on your holiday.

Local time: Three hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER), which is about half an hour’s drive from the resort.

Flight time from UK: Approximately four hours

Tourist Information: Further 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average high of 28°C in summer.

Best time to visit: Between June and August is the best time for sun-worshippers.

Things start to warm up from May, hitting the mid-twenties before climbing higher through June, July and August, occasionally hitting the low thirties at the height of summer. From September, the temperature dips, but only as far as the low twenties. However, the winter months are when Stalis sees the most rainfall. While the summer season is extremely busy, many choose to visit in spring, when the temperatures are cooler and the crowds are much smaller.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: As with most of Crete, this area is well serviced by buses, which run very regularly in the high season and are a cost-effective and efficient way of getting around. A bus services Stalis’ town centre and connects nearby towns and cities, such as Heraklion, making it ideal for day trips. It’s fun, too, and a great way to meet the locals!

By taxi: For shorter journeys or airport transfers, taxis are a good option. They’re readily available in the town 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, but do remember that the Cretans drive on the right and overtake on the left.


EVENTS

Summer festival: July sees nearby Heraklion erupt into a riot of colour and sound, for two solid months! Just half an hour’s drive from Stalis, the spectacular Heraklion Summer Festival features music concerts, dance and theatre, held in the beautiful Nikos Kazantzakis open-air theatre.

Beach festival: If you’ve booked your holiday for June, you might just make the Matala Beach Festival. Celebrating the hippy eras of the 1960s and ‘70s, it’s free to attend and you can expect tribute bands playing flower-power pop, all on the powder-soft sands of Matala Beach.


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