Malia Crete - Famous at all times
Malia or Mallia is a coastal town located 36 km east of Heraklion built on the bay of the same name. Malia is one of Crete’s biggest package holiday resorts.
The Minoan Palace of Malia is situated 3 km east of the town, with an interminable range of large resort hotels, pensions and apartments.
Its long sandy beaches are most of the times crowded and its many discos, bars and cafes host young people determined to spend unforgettable holidays. The city consists of two parts, the north and the south divided by the main road Heraklion-Agios Nikolaos. Along the beach road (one km towards the sea) you will find many restaurants serving international and Greek cuisine, cafes, several stores, souvenir shops and the majority of nightclubs and bars. However, the best places to eat are in the old town, beside the church of Agios Demetrios.
The area was inhabited from the Neolithic period. Once an ancient city, Malia is now a lively tourist resort located on the Cretan north coast within a fertile plain.
It is a very rich region not only due to its fertile land and excellent spring water, which is a gift of Mount Selena, but also thanks to its archaeological site and its gorgeous sandy beach, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Malia provides a wide range of tourist and other facilities; luxurious hotels, apartments, shops, tavernas, restaurants, bars, car and bike rentals, sports and water sports, organized beaches, travel agencies, banking services, and an intense night life.
Malia has one of the longest stretches of beach in Crete which actually starts from the small town of Stalis west of Malia and extends for more than 4 km to the east. This beach is fairly organized and provides all the necessary amenities. Opposite the beach there is a small islet with a small church on it, easily accessible by swimming. During the high season (July-September) the beach can get fairly crowded. However, there are many smaller beaches in secluded coves around Malia.
In addition to the beauty of its landscape and its tourist facilities, Malia is well known for its archaeological findings. The excavations at the archaeological site of Malia which are to be found 3 km east of the village, have brought to light an important Minoan town with a palace, houses, streets and royal tombs. The Minoan town covered an area of more than one sq. km and consisted of various sections. Its palace is similar to the size with the ones at Knossos and Phaistos. The king of the Minoan town in Malia was Sarpidon, brother of the legendary King Minos.
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