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While it might have thousands of years of history behind it, modern-day Malia is now as famous as the party capital Crete. Holidays to Malia are stocked with everything you could need to make yours one to remember. Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine from a soft-sanded beach or clear the cobwebs from the night before with some high-octane water sports. If you need a day out, the nearby Watercity is packed with thrills, spills, rides, slides, and plenty of laughs!
However, nightlife is the star of the show. Once the sun goes down, you’ll find this sleepy little town erupts into a kaleidoscope of neon lights, club tunes, and some of the best bars on the island. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or part of a group that loves to party, then Malia is the perfect place for you.
Things to do
Malia is Crete’s very own Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde resort. As well as a vibrant party destination, it’s a beach-lovers paradise with sun-bleached sands shelving gently into sapphire-blue seas. There are plenty of water sports if you want to add some adrenaline to your Malia holidays too, like water-skiing and banana boating.
Head to Watercity waterpark, a short bus ride away from the main resort. There, you’ll find some white-knuckle rides and slides, such as the Turbo Cyclone, the Hyper Race, and the Kamikaze. If that’s a bit too much for you, Watercity has its own sun loungers and bars. Once you’ve recovered and the sun goes down, it’s time to embrace Mr Hyde and get stuck into the world-famous nightlife. Whatever you’re hoping to discover, holidays to Malia promise plenty of entertainment.
Malia has one of the best beaches in the whole of Crete. The golden sand stretches for six kilometres and gently deepens into the warm, turquoise sea. It’s lined with sun loungers and parasols for you to sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular views. When you get a little hungry, you can head to one of the beach bars and sample various snacks to sate your appetite. The beach is well developed, with lots of thrilling water sports to choose from, should you wish to try.
For those that can’t get enough of the party atmosphere, head straight to Bikini Beach where you’ll discover a range of activities to keep you occupied when you tire of sunbathing. With a jacuzzi area, table tennis, and a resident DJ, this beach paradise has everything you need for fun in the sun. Or if you’d prefer a quieter retreat, spend a day down at the Potamos Beach. Less crowded than the main beach of Malia, this peaceful location is the perfect place to unwind and nurse your hangover. Take a nap in the shade or lie back on the soft sands and watch the world go by.
Malia holidays promise a delightful range of attractions to make your getaway truly special. As well as the excellent beaches and buzzing nightlife, there are plenty of activities to try your hand at. For an action-packed adventure full of excitement, embark on an off-road safari tour where you can experience breathtaking panoramic views and a plethora of other delights for the senses. Or take a walk on the wild side and visit the Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, home to a host of exotic reptiles.
History and culture
Today, Malia is known primarily for its buzzing nightlife. Still, it was actually the oldest inhabited area in all of Greece. Olive oil is the symbol of Crete and is a big part of Greece’s rich culture. Malia produces around 600 tons of olive oil a year, and it’s the olive farms that shape the beautiful countryside.
Suppose you want to explore the quieter side of Malia. In that case, there are lots of day trips and excursions around the island, like a trip to view the unspoilt, ancient Minoan palace ruins where Crete’s royal family once reigned. Located on the north-east coast of Malia, this historical site is a must-visit for anyone interested in Ancient Greece. First constructed in around 1900 BC, it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1650 AD. Today, the ruins at this site reflect the rebirth of the palace. Wander around at leisure and imagine what life was like in the town many years ago.
Once you’ve had a look around, head into Old Town Malia where you can meander the cobbled streets and discover the glorious churches to which this area is home. Witness the incredible architectural detail at the Church of Agios Dimitrios and enjoy a traditional lunch in the flower-filled courtyard.
Beach Road, aka ‘The Strip’, is home to various well-stocked bars and nightclubs playing all sorts of music, from cheesy tunes to club classics. If you fancy a delicious cocktail or singing your heart out at karaoke, then start your night at Bar One and Premier.
Want something a little more contemporary? Then Candy Club is the place for you. It has an extensive sound system and is notorious for being the biggest Malia club. It hosts events through the season, playing music from all genres including house and EDM. To have an unforgettable night, party at one of Candy Club’s famous silent discos or UV glow events. If you’re a fan of house music, head to Zig Zag, or frolic in foam three times a week at Camelot Castle Club.
The well-established nightclub, Mode, is also not to be missed. Party under the stars in its open-air area or grab a drink at one of its four bars. Its resident and guest DJs will have you dancing the night away in the spectacular, tropical setting. Nearly all the clubs and bars are open daily, so you’ll be spoilt for choice whenever you head out.
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Once a small fishing village and now one of the most popular tourist towns in Crete, Hersonissos is where you go for warm weather, lively entertainment and stunning mountain views. Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends seeking some fun in the sun, a holiday in Hersonissos promises plenty of children’s activities and a wealth of bars and restaurants. Explore the cobbled streets on a quad bike, escape the heat at one of the popular water parks, or spend your days exploring the shops along Odos Elefteriou Venizelos.
Things to do
Whether you want to soak up the sun on a sun-kissed beach or hit the clubs and kick up your heels, Hersonissos holidays have something for everyone. There are plenty of attractions for families, including the fascinating Aquaworld Aquarium and the thrills and spills to be found at the Star Beach Waterpark. Couples can sit and watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea from one of the laid-back beachfront bars, or plug into Hersonissos’ legendary nightlife.
Hersonissos has some great attractions that make it the perfect place for all the family. Take the kids to one of the area’s two fun-filled water parks, which are guaranteed to serve up a memorable day out. Pay a visit to Crete’s first aquarium, the Aquaworld Aquarium, which looks after rescued sea life and reptiles from across the world. Or learn more about the traditional lives of the locals with a trip to the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.
If you love historical sites, then Hersonissos is a fantastic place for you to go on holiday. Brush up on your ancient mythology at the mysterious Cave of Zeus, or dip into the town’s Roman heritage. There was a prosperous Roman presence in the area for many years, and you can see the remnants of this at landmarks such as the Roman Fountain.
Fun with friends
While Hersonissos is great for family holidays, it’s also ideal for a getaway with your friends or
partner. Brave the fastest rides at Crete’s biggest water park, Acqua Plus, before sipping cocktails in a lively bar as the sun goes down. Hersonissos is one of the best places to go in Crete for a night out, with a selection of lively bars and clubs that play the latest summer tunes until the early hours.
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If you want to enjoy the quieter side of Crete, Rethymnon might be the perfect place for your next getaway. For families, there are over 10km of sandy, sun-kissed beaches, which shelve gently into sapphire-blue waters. For couples and those who want to immerse themselves in the area’s history and culture, the old town offers colourful and narrow backstreets, a bustling Venetian harbour, and an imposing fortress. The harbour is where you’ll find the best restaurants, offering superb views of spectacular sunsets, and a few bars and clubs for those who want to kick their heels up. Explore spectacular subterranean caves, dip a toe into the past with a visit to the nearby Minoan tombs, or browse one of the busy markets. Whatever you want from your downtime, booking your holiday here allows you to make your break just what you want it to be.
Things to do
Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or as a couple, you’ll find plenty of things to do on your holidays to Rethymnon. The old town is a beautiful backdrop against which to admire the impressive Renaissance architecture or to explore the markets tucked away amongst the cobbled streets and squares. For leisurely dining or a laid-back drink while you watch the sunset, make your way to the Venetian harbour, which is also where you’ll find the best nightlife.
The inviting sands and crystal-clear waters of Rethymnon Beach are just a short walk from your hotel and the ideal place to catch some rays or get involved in some white-knuckle water sports.
Perfect for exploring
The intricate detail to the dominating Venetian architecture gives anyone with a passion for walking an opportunity to take in some real sights as you explore the city. Marvel at these attractive buildings as you wander along the city’s quaint, cobbled streets. En route, you’ll discover authentic Greek restaurants with tasty food and friendly locals, as well as unique shops selling gifts and souvenirs to remind you of your Rethymnon holiday.
History and culture
The island of Crete boasts an exciting history that to this day, has people wanting to delve deeper into it and find out more. The ancient charm of Rethymnon is no different and you’ll find it difficult not to admire. You won’t have far to go to discover something else to explore: just a simple stroll down the bustling narrow streets will lead you to old churches, Renaissance architecture and the city’s famous ancient fortress.
For anyone who enjoys inspiring views, Rethymnon will not disappoint as the area has been blessed with some exceptional scenery, both man-made and natural. From the fascinating Arkardi Monastery to the Kotsifou Gorge, each day of your holiday will contain countless breathtaking moments, perfect for getting some memorable holiday snaps.
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