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How can I get to the Palace of Malia from Stalis?

Car hire is available but there is a regular bus service from Stalis to Malia that drops you about a 15-minute walk away from the palace. Another option is to hire a bicycle – the road is flat so it’s not too strenuous or, if you prefer walking, it will take you about an hour.

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Is Stalis a good place for families?

Stalis is a quiet village with plenty of excellent sandy beaches. Lifeguards are present at most, though the sea shelves very gradually so is suitable for children. Sunloungers and parasols can be hired direct from the beach for the adults to relax.
Apart from the beach, small children may need hotel-run activities to keep them occupied, though older children can enjoy fishing trips and watersports.

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Should I hire a car in Stalis?

Yes, hiring a car is the best way to see as much as possible of the beautiful island of Crete, such as the small traditional mountain villages where buses do not go.
When hiring a car always check what is covered by the insurance and if there is zero excess.

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How far is it from Stalis to the Caves of Zeus?

The distance is approximately 87 kilometres from Stalis, but it will take you almost two hours to drive there.

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Is Stalis a quieter option than Malia?

Yes, Stalis is a smaller, quieter village with a more relaxed feel than Malia, making it great for families.