Malia is a tourist hotspot in Crete, Greece. Dubbed ‘the party capital of Crete, in recent years its nightlife has become just as well known and as popular as that of places like Ibiza. Clubbing events and well-known DJ’s have helped to establish this town as one of the must visit destinations for party lovers. However, there is more to Malia than its bars and clubbing scene, and if you want to escape the throng of the main resorts then it’s well worth a stroll round the old town which lies the other side of the main road.

Set on the golden island of Crete, Malia is a lively beachside town that isn’t afraid to let its hair down come nightfall. Malia is coveted for its beaches and its five-kilometre stretch of sand, which is divided into six different beaches. Each beach offers something a little different. The beaches closest to the centre of town tend to be more crowded and louder. These beaches also have their own bars and restaurants nearby, ready to serve up beachgoers anything from slouvaki to pizza.  As you move eastward, away from town, there are stretches of beach that are well-suited for families and those looking for a peaceful beach atmosphere.

The town is divided into two parts. The old town rests on the foothill of Mount Selena, behind the Agios Nektarios Church and is where you can spend an afternoon strolling along the narrow, cobbled streets. The modern side of town houses the new resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars along the coast. The main commercial strip, across from the beach, is loaded with enough pubs, trendy bars and nightclubs to keep you dancing and drinking from dusk till dawn. The boisterous reputation precedes Malia, and the town is referred to as the party capital of Crete. Young patrons from across Greece and the U.K. come to Malia with one item on the agenda, to party.

If you are looking for more than just a sloshy good time, don’t fear. Outside of Malia is an assortment of excursions to enjoy. You can take the kids to the Watercity water park, hike the Imbros Gorge, go off-roading on a 4x4 adventure and visit Malia’s Minoan Palace, one of Crete’s largest ruins.

Malia has a splendid variety of accommodation offerings; refined ocean-view hotels, kitschy bed and breakfasts and charming self-catering flats to name a few. Most places will also have a pool and outdoor deck area, in case you need a change of scenery from the beach.

Malia offers visitors sparkling waters, patent Grecian landscapes, one of the island’s most sought after beaches and topped off with a healthy heaping of holiday fun.

Here you will find narrow streets and alleyways twisting and turning their way round quaint buildings, offering surprises at every turn. Look out for the old churches, the pretty cosy squares and the small restaurants where you can enjoy the sound of live music while dining on traditional, fresh food. If it’s the beach life you’re after then Malia has plenty of choice, with several golden sanded spots dotted around.

Wherever you’re booked in to stay, one thing you need not worry about is how to get there when you arrive on the island, as our Malia transfers from Chania Airport or Heraklion will take you direct to your resort. Choose hoppa for a friendly, reliable and affordable service which will take care of all your transfer needs.

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