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Holidays in Malia

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Malia is a party hotspot and so is popular with young couples.
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On the Northern coast of the Greek island of Crete, you’ll find the bustling resort of Malia. Divided into two contrasting areas, Malia’s Old Town has a relaxed atmosphere and lovely tavernas and typical old village style houses, making it an ideal holiday spot for family holidays. Leading down to the beach is the newer part of Malia with cafes, lively bars, discos, shops and tavernas lining the road - this part of the resort really comes awake at night and is tops with the young and lively. Holidays in Malia are all about beachlife - the soft white sands stretch for over five kilometres along the coastline, with an abundance of watersports and a promenade backed by snack bars, shops and restaurants. With so much to see and do in one place, it's easy to see why holidaymakers return year after year to enjoy a holiday in Malia.

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Crete's hot summers are one of its main attractions. The island's temperate, Mediterranean climate means mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. During the months of July and August, you can expect temperatures to be in the low to mid 30s with little or no rainfall. Temperatures in winter are very mild, with day time highs of 15 ºC to 17ºC. As one of the most southerly points in Europe, Crete is a good choice for sunshine in spring and autumn.
Things to see & do

The beach is the centre of daytime life on a Malia holiday, with water sports galore to enjoy including jet skiing, waterskiing, paragliding and parascending. Play a round of crazy golf on the seafront. Take a boat trip and explore Cretes coastline. Walking is also particularly popular with the breathtaking Samaria Gorge within easy reach on a day trip. Three miles east of the new town, you can explore the ancient Palace of Malia with its Kernos Stone. Best buys include ceramics, handicrafts and leather goods.

As the sun goes down, Malia comes alive with a superb nightlife ranging from glitzy nightclubs to Englishstyle pubs, from familyfriendly venues to karaoke bars. The nightlife in Malia is mainly focussed towards the 1830 crowd but for a quieter night out seek out a peaceful taverna amongst the twisting streets of the old town.

Food & drink

A holiday to Malia is the perfect opportunity to sample the delights of Greek cuisine. Enjoy fresh seafood and local specialities like moussaka and meze. As well as charming tavernas, you'll find Britishstyle pubs together with Mexican, Indian and Chinese restaurants. The island is also famous for its wines and ouzo.

Things to know before you go

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office ( website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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