Malia is a town in Crete that has quite a reputation. If you are in for a party, then Malia is the place to go. Holidays in Malia are an experience in itself. Because let's be honest, the beaches in Malia are the best of the island of Crete. Beautiful sand stretches that only disappear at the horizon. The beaches are all set up with sunbathing stretchers so you can get the sun tan you've been looking for. Or, if you had a rough party night, they are ideal to sleep off your party "fatigue."
For those who survived the evenings of Malia, there is a lot of water activity available: you can rent a jet-ski or boat and sail the deep blue sea. The bottom line is: Holidays held in Malia are among the best summer breaks you can imagine.
When you leave the beach in the late afternoon, there is a whole bunch of bars and restaurants to choose from. And if you need to eat something while on the beach, there is plenty of snack bars that fulfill that need. But in the evenings, your possibilities are literally endless. You can eat Mexican, Dutch, Indian and Chinese food or simply order a burger menu.
After you've filled your stomach with some Malia food, it is now time to hit the nightlife. The city is packed with Greek bars, English and Irish pubs and discos that will keep you busy until the early morning hours (when it is time to hit the beach again).
However, Malia is not just a place to visit for its legendary and wild nightlife. Is is a historic place and you will definitely taste the flavor of ancient Greece on this part of the island. And if you rent a car in Malia, you'll be able to visit all ancient locations on the island of Crete with your friends or family.
And let's not forget an important fact about Malia: It is a very cheap location to go on a holiday. Whether you rent an apartment, book a hotel or choose a studio for your stay, the locations are all very affordable.
So, let's go over some specifics:
Traveling to Malia, Crete
During the season a lot of airlines fly to the airport of Heraklion. There are also budget airlines organizing flights to other airports on the island. During wintertime, the only airline flying to Crete really is Olympic Airways. Flights in winter all go via Athens airport.
Crete can also be reached by ferry from Piraeus (near Athens) to Heraklion.
Your Flight time
A flight to Heraklion from London takes approximately 4 hours. From Heraklion it takes about 45 min. By bus to the center of Malia. If your agent is taking care of the transfer, the bus trip could take you longer due to the many stops at other accommodations.
Hotels and Apartments, What is Your Choice?
There are 25 hotels in Malia and approximately 40 apartment buildings. Popular hotels in Malia are "Malia Park", "Alexander Beach" and "Malia Beach". These hotels are 4 and 5 stars. Popular apartment buildings are "Parthenis Beach" (3 stars) and "Acrogiali" (4 stars).
Transport in Malia
Malia is not that big and in the city center it is best to just walk. Some hotels however are based outside Malia. In this case it's best to take a cab or perhaps a rental car. During lunch time it is best to avoid this form of transportation because of traffic.
You need a passport or valid travel documents to fly to Crete.
During winter it is not that hot and a lot in Malia is also closed. For beach holidays in Crete it's best to visit Malia from June to September. During those months it practically never rains and the temperature is comfortable. In July and August temperatures easily reach 40 degrees Celsius. Please note: during the high season in July and August it's very busy in Malia and Crete.
What to Pay with
In Malia you can pay with Euros. Changing American Dollars and Pounds is not really a problem. Credit Cards are accepted everywhere and there are plenty of ATM's in the city.
Giving a tip in Malia is normal. Here is a guideline of the amounts:
Catering Industry: you just leave your change
Taxi's: round up the taxi fare
Hair Dressers: you round up the amount
Porters: 2 to 3 euros per bag is normal
Chambermaids: 2 to 3 euros per day is expected
Guides: 2 to 5 euros per person (also depending on how big the group is).
And just as a note: Tips below 50 cents are considered an insult. So keep that in mind.
On Crete it is 2 hours later than in England and 1 hour later than the European mainland.
Language Spoken in Malia
The language spoken on Crete (and thus Malia) is Greek. In Malia English and German is not really a problem though. Everyone speaks English and quite a few people also German.
Telephone & Cell
The Country Code for Greece and Crete is +30. Using your mobile is not a problem if you are subscribed to one of the main cell phone providers.
Men have to shave using 220 Volts AC, just like the hair dryers of the women work on 220 Volts!
Malia and Crete are quite safe. There is not really a lot of criminality. Keep your things safe in your accommodation though. Besides that, the local police are ruthless with people that get in a fight after excessive alcohol usage. Going to jail for some time is no exception to the rule actually. So for the young amongst the readers: behaving yourself. Do not spend your vacation in jail.
Possession of drugs (or dealing drugs) will get you in jail for a long, long time.
Things to See Close to Malia
Knossos, Agios Nikalaos, Heraklion, Stalis and the Minoan Palace, 2 miles (3 km) east of Malia.
So, if you are ready to go on a holiday, start checking out some flights to Malia. It's time to get going!