Malia Holidays – Partying in the sun
Malia is the party capital of Crete – and one of the top party holiday destinations in the whole Mediterranean. Just 30km from Heraklion airport, this is where teens and twenty-somethings come to drink and dance the night away– as featured (or hopefully not quite as featured) in The Inbetweeners Movie.
The main street and beach area are crammed with bars, pubs and clubs full of mostly British youth enjoying the sun, sea, and being away from home. The small Old Town is in complete contrast: a web of quiet narrow lanes with a few traditional tavernas.
To the east of the town is a quieter stretch of beach and one of Crete’s best Minoan archaeological sites. Less crowded than Knossos and less reconstructed too, it is a delightful place to visit – peaceful and fascinating.
When to go to Malia
If you are looking to party, summer is the time to go. Spring and autumn are also very pleasant and excellent for visiting the archaeological site. Spring also brings wild flowers and long comfortable days. In autumn the sea is still warm enough to swim whilst most of the crowds have gone home. And of course it is much cheaper early and late in the season. Bear in mind that much of Malia closes down for the winter.
The weather in Malia
Summers in Malia are hot, dry and sunny with daily highs in the upper twenties from June to September. Even May and October are very pleasant with peak temperatures in the low twenties and in April and November they hover around the 20ºC mark and there is a bit more chance of rain. Water temperatures can be as high as 27 ºC in August and usually remain above 20 ºC from May to November.
Getting the best deal to Malia
The best bargains for a Malia holiday come outside the peak summer season. Late spring and early autumn are good times to travel on a budget as both flights and accommodation are cheaper. Booking early or late can help with finding the best offers, too, so take a look at our best deals below or check out our late offers here.
Airport and transport need to know
Getting to your Malia holiday is really simple, especially in summer. Between May and October there are direct flights, taking under four hours, from Gatwick and numerous other UK cities to Heraklion (Iraklio), the Cretan capital.
Heraklion airport (HER) (www.heraklion-airport.info) is not large, has few facilities and can become overcrowded in summer. A new airport is under construction and expected to open in 2015. Malia is just 34km from the capital and Crete has a good bus service www.bus-service-crete-ktel.com. There are regular buses from Heraklion to Malia taking about an hour and costing €3.80 (about £3).
Taxis and hire cars are also readily available at the airport, although it is often cheaper to organise your car hire before leaving the UK. A taxi from Heraklion to Malia should cost about €46 (around £37).
The best beaches in Malia
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and has plenty of beaches of all sorts, from long strips of golden sand to hidden coves, rocky lagoons and off-shore islets. There is something for everyone from Malia’s party beach to secluded bays backed by nothing but rocks and greenery. The one crucial thing they all have in common, though, is the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean.
There is plenty of action at Malia’s main beach, about 1km from the centre of town. This is a broad, long sandy beach. The area closest to town is lined with bars pumping out loud music and doling out copious cold booze to young holidaymakers. The sand is packed with sun beds and umbrellas and pedaloes and banana boats ply the waters. To the east of town it gets quieter and less crowded.
Sun Beach, 2.5km from Malia, is less manic but still has plenty of facilities with cafes and sun beds as well as a children’s pool backing this broad sandy beach.
If you want to get away from loud music and crowds, head for Patomas Beach, a blue flag beach about 3km from Malia and next to the Minoan archaeological site. The beach has a café and sun beds and here you can combine a bit of culture with a peaceful swim and sunbathe.
Cheap holiday deals to Malia