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Malia beach

Beach description

Situated 35km to the east of Heraklion, Malia is a vibrant hub known for its dynamic nightlife and historic appeal with the third largest Minoan palace in Crete, the Malia Palace. Malia’s appeal is augmented by its sandy beaches, a key catalyst for its tourism development.

The main beach in Malia forms the eastern stretch of a 6km long bay commencing from Stalis. This vast beach boasts fine sand and shallow water, often thrumming with life, so much so that there’s barely a gap between sunbeds! Catering to all your comfort needs, the beach offers not only standard amenities such as umbrellas and water sports but also exclusive services like beachfront massage, a beach gym, pool bars at the hotels, and more.

However, if tranquillity is what you’re after, Malia might not be the best fit. You could consider venturing east, beyond the local port, towards the serene beaches of Pirgos and Potamos.

Opposite Malia’s main beach lies a stunning spectacle – the small islet of Afendi Christos, home to the Metamorphosis tou Sotiros church. This quaint church becomes a hub of activity on August 6th each year, as many people congregate to partake in the service and the church’s festivities.

Nearby, a spring is believed by locals to contain holy water, said to aid women wishing to conceive. Accessible by a short swim from the shore, this islet offers a unique and serene experience just off the coast.