Stalis travel guide

Weather and climate

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.

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

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

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

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

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.