Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Stalis (Stalida)

What to Know Before Visiting Stalis (Stalida)

Apartments and hotels in Stalis Stalida from Crete Island

Stalis borrows its name from the Greek verb stalizo, signifying a place of rest. Historically, it served as a resting point for shepherds and their flocks.

Positioned 30 kilometres to the east of Heraklion, Stalis, also known as Stalida, is nestled between Hersonissos and Malia, approximately 3 kilometres from each.

Due to heavy tourism influx, Hersonissos, Stalis, and Malia have merged into a singular, sprawling coastal resort. The continuity of this 10-kilometre resort is particularly noticeable when journeying from Stalis to Malia via the coastal route.

In the 1980s, alongside a general upsurge in Cretan tourism, Stalis transformed into a popular holiday destination. Prior to this, it was primarily a beach where locals from the village of Mohos enjoyed their summer vacations.

Stalis, being a newer development, lacks a typical village structure. Instead of a central square, the area is characterized by a coastal road with shops, tavernas, and hotels lining both sides.

Due to the high vehicular traffic, pedestrians need to exercise caution when crossing the main road. There are several underpasses available for safe crossing. It’s essential to pay heed to the accurate underpass heights as some signs might indicate incorrect measurements.

Stalis is well-equipped with restaurants, tourist shops, travel agencies, car and motorbike rental services, and minimarkets. While banking services are available in Hersonissos and Malia, Stalis hosts several cash points.

Connectivity and Transportation

Regular buses run from Stalis to various locations including Heraklion, Hersonissos, Gouves, Malia, and Agios Nikolaos, offering an easy exploration of the north coast of Crete.

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Stalis Town in Crete welcomes travellers with a variety of accommodations, catering to diverse preferences. Known for its family-friendly stays, the town offers a range of options from cosy guesthouses to comfortable hotels. Whether you’re on a family vacation or a solo adventure, Stalis has the perfect spot for you. Explore our curated list of hotels in Stalis to find your ideal home away from home in the heart of Crete.

Best Hotels in Stalis (Stalida)

  • 8.4 / 10
  • Irinis 136

Within 150 metres from a sandy beach, restaurants and shops, Horizon Beach is located in Stalis Village. Surrounded by lush gardens, the hotel has 4 pools, a private platform with direct access to the beach and a playground. Rooms offer garden, pool or Cretan Sea views.

Opening out onto private balconies, the spacious rooms come with a wardrobe and cable TV. The apartment includes a dining area and a kitchenette with fridge and cooking hobs. Air conditioning and a safe are available upon request with surcharge.

Dining options at Horizon Beach includes a restaurant, bar and snack bar by the pool, all providing sea views. A buffet breakfast is served daily.

Kids can enjoy their own playground and paddling pool, while the adults have direct access to the sea via a wooden deck. A minimarket is conveniently located on site.

Horizon Beach is 3 km from the bustling towns of Malia and Hersonissos, and 50 metres from the bus stop. Heraklion International Airport and Heraklion Port are at a distance of 30 km.

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€69

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  • 150 m
  • 9.5 / 10
  • 104 Agiou Ioanni

Located on the beachfront, Riviera Boutique Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The accommodation offers a private beach area, as well as a shared lounge and a garden. The accommodation features evening entertainment and room service.

At the hotel, each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms at Riviera Boutique Hotel include air conditioning and a wardrobe.

Continental and American breakfast options are available daily at the accommodation.

Riviera Boutique Hotel offers a terrace.

Alexander Beach is 1 km from the hotel, while Drapano Beach is 1.5 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 28 km from Riviera Boutique Hotel.

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€139

/night

  • 280 m
  • 9.2 / 10
  • Agiou Ioannou 145

Situated in Stalida, a few steps from Stalida Beach, Compass beach features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a bar. Boasting a sun terrace, this property is located near attractions such as Alexander Beach. Guests can have a drink at the snack bar.

Free WiFi is accessible to all guests, while selected rooms also boast a balcony.

An American breakfast is available each morning at the hotel.

The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at this 3-star hotel.

Drapano Beach is 2.1 km from Compass beach, while Ikaros and Kernos Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from the accommodation.

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€87

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  • 290 m
  • 8.2 / 10
  • Agiou Ioanni 199

Set 600 metres from Stalida Beach, Golden Bee Lifestyle offers 4-star accommodation in Stalida and has an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Drapano Beach is 1.3 km from the hotel and Alexander Beach is 2.1 km away.

At the hotel the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen, towels and a terrace with pool view. Golden Bee Lifestyle offers some units with garden views, and rooms come with a balcony. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

A continental breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation.

The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at Golden Bee Lifestyle.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 17 km from the hotel, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 25 km from Golden Bee Lifestyle.

  • 490 m
  • 8.3 / 10
  • Ag. Ioannis Str.

Situated on a private beach at Stalis, Cactus Beach Hotel offers a sea-facing terrace and large rooms. Guests can make use of the tennis court, outdoor pool and health club.

With a large balcony or terrace, all air-conditioned rooms at The Cactus Beach Hotel come with a satellite TV and small refrigerator. Each modern room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

The spacious garden terrace with its white umbrellas offers a calm setting for an afternoon drink or local meal. There is also an indoor dining room with arched, stone walls and a classic décor.

While kids have fun with the animation team and in the playground, guests can relax by the pool or play a game of billiards. There is also a hammam and a mini golf course.

The hotel is situated between Agios Nikolaos and the capital Heraklion. Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 30 km away. The 24-hour reception provides car rentals and a doctor service.

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€113

/night

  • 510 m
  • 8.4 / 10
  • Agiou Ioannou 6

Featuring an outdoor pool, a poolside bar and a sea-view terrace, Malliotakis Beach Hotel “by Checkin” is located right on the sandy beach of Stalida. It offers rooms with a balcony or patio and free WiFi access.

All rooms of Malliotakis are equipped with a fridge and a flat-screen TV. Each comes with a private bathroom with shower or bath tub and a hairdryer, while some units offer views over the Cretan Sea or the surrounding area.

Guests can relax at the sun loungers by the pool and enjoy a refreshing drink from the on-site snack bar, while younger guests can spend their time at the children’s pool. Billiards are also available on site.

A variety of restaurants and shops can be found within a short walk from the property. Hersonissos is 5 km from Malliotakis Beach Hotel “by Checkin”, while Agios Nikolaos is 28 km away. Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is 24 km from the property. Free on-site parking is possible.

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€73

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  • 580 m

Best Villas in Stalis (Stalida)

  • 8.4 / 10
  • Σταλίδα

Featuring garden views, Theros Premium Villa in Stalis Heraklion offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 500 metres from Stalida Beach. It features a garden, mountain views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The villa comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Alexander Beach is 2 km from the villa, while Drapano Beach is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Theros Premium Villa in Stalis Heraklion.

  • 440 m
  • 10 / 10
  • Unknown Street

Set in Stalida and only 1.6 km from Stalida Beach, Villa Ete Premier Luxury Villa offers accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. With mountain views, this accommodation features a terrace and a swimming pool.

This villa has 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 3 bathrooms fitted with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Drapano Beach is 2.3 km from the villa, while Alexander Beach is 2.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Villa Ete Premier Luxury Villa.

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€647

/night

  • 640 m
  • 8.1 / 10
  • 33 Εμμανουήλ Γιακουμάκη

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, mountain view and a patio, Astali Villa is located in Stalida. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa is equipped with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The villa offers an à la carte or continental breakfast.

At Astali Villa guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the accommodation.

Stalida Beach is 700 metres from Astali Villa, while Alexander Beach is 1.7 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 26 km from the villa, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€173

/night

  • 660 m
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Eleftheriou Venizelou 7

Dream Villa Stalis is 100 metres from the sandy Stalis Beach. It features a fully equipped and tastefully decorated unit with Cretan Sea and mountain views. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Fitted with a fireplace, this air-conditioned and 6-bedroom villa of Dream is split level and opens to a balcony and a patio. It consists of a living room with sofas and a kitchen with a dining area and an oven with hobs. A washing machine and ironing facilities are provided.

Guests may relax on the sun loungers of the sun terrace by the communal pool or enjoy the BBQ. Free private parking is possible on site.

Several taverns and bars, as well as a bus stop, can be found within a short walk. Heraklion International Airport is located 23 km away.

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€51

/night

  • 770 m
  • 9.7 / 10
  • Stalis

Set in Stalida and only 800 metres from Stalida Beach, Escape In Blue offers accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This villa features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The villa with a terrace and sea views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

The villa offers a picnic area. A bicycle rental service is available at Escape In Blue, while fishing can be enjoyed nearby.

Drapano Beach is 1.2 km from the accommodation, while Star Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 25 km from Escape In Blue, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 870 m
  • 9.6 / 10
  • Stalida, Crete, Greece

Boasting mountain views, Anixiatiko Villa offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.5 km from Stalida Beach. This villa features a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa with a terrace and sea views has 5 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a bath.

The villa offers a picnic area. A outdoor play equipment is also available for guests at Anixiatiko Villa.

Alexander Beach is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 25 km from Anixiatiko Villa.

  • 940 m

Best Apartments in Stalis (Stalida)

  • 11 Μίνωος

Situated in Stalida, 1.6 km from Alexander Beach and 1.7 km from Drapano Beach, The Little house by The sea offers a terrace and air conditioning. The accommodation is a few steps from the Stalida Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The apartment has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 18 km from the apartment, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from The Little house by The sea.

  • 60 m
  • 9 / 10
  • Αγίου Ιωάννη

Situated a few steps from Stalida Beach, Mary Apartments offers accommodation with a patio, as well as a garden. Complimentary WiFi is availablethroughout the property.

Some units have a terrace and/or a balcony with sea or mountain views.

If you would like to discover the area, skiing, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings.

Alexander Beach is 1.5 km from the apartment, while Drapano Beach is 1.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Mary Apartments.

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€81

/night

  • 80 m
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Ag. Ioannou 150

Just 20 metres away from the beach of Stalida, George Deluxe Apartments offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. Within walking distance, you will find traditional taverns, while the lively town of Malia is 3 km away.

George studios and apartments are simply furnished and enjoy street or Cretan Sea views. They come with a kitchenette with mini fridge, electric kettle and cooking rings and they all have an en-suite bathroom with shower. Air conditioning and a safe are provided upon charge.

Both Stalida and Malia offer a wide variety of nightlife options, such as bars, cafes and night clubs. The city of Heraklion is 32 km away, while Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is at 28 km. Free parking is available near the property.

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€56

/night

  • 110 m
  • 9.7 / 10
  • 124 Agiou Ioanni

Situated a few steps from Stalida Beach, Niro Beachfront apartments offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

Each unit features a terrace offering sea views, a cable flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchenette and a private bathroom with shower, a hair dryer and free toiletries. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

Alexander Beach is 1.4 km from Niro Beachfront apartments, while Drapano Beach is 1.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 26 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 140 m
  • 9.3 / 10
  • 135 Αγίου Ιωάννη

Situated in Stalida, 70 metres from Stalida Beach and 1.4 km from Alexander Beach, Nostos luxury beach home features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. Guests staying at this apartment have access to a patio.

The apartment with a terrace and garden views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Drapano Beach is 1.9 km from the apartment, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Nostos luxury beach home.

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€144

/night

  • 180 m
  • 8.8 / 10
  • Agiou Ioannou 116

Set amidst a Mediterranean garden full of colourful flowers, the family-run Psaras Apartments lies just 5 metres from the sandy beach of Stalis in Crete. It offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea or the garden.

The simply furnished studios and apartments of Psaras have a kitchenette with fridge and cooking hobs. Featuring a seating area, each unit is equipped with a TV and a coffee maker. The private bathroom has a shower or bath tub and is stocked with a hairdryer. Air conditioning and a safety deposit box are available upon extra charge.

Guests at Psaras can use the swimming pool of the neighboring property, right next to the hotel, where they can also enjoy snacks and drinks at the poolside snack bar. Taverns, bars and mini markets are within a short walk from the property.

Psaras Apartments is situated 30 km from Heraklion Town and Port and 28 km from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport. Limenas Chersonisou is at 5 km, while the lively Malia is 3 km away. Free public parking is possible nearby.

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€71

/night

  • 210 m

Best Holiday homes in Stalis (Stalida)

  • 8.5 / 10
  • Stalida

Set in Malia, 1.1 km from Alexander Beach and 1.8 km from Ikaros and Kernos Beach, Evi’s Beach Front Apartment by Estia offers a terrace and air conditioning. The accommodation is a few steps from the Stalida Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The holiday home with a balcony and sea views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Drapano Beach is 2.2 km from the holiday home, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Evi’s Beach Front Apartment by Estia.

  • 500 m
  • 9.5 / 10
  • Eleftheriou Venizelou

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, Legno Bianco is set in Stalida. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home with a terrace and garden views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 3 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a barbecue. A car rental service is available at Legno Bianco.

Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Stalida Beach, Drapano Beach and Lixnostatis Folk Museum. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 25 km from Legno Bianco, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€126

/night

  • 640 m
  • 10 / 10
  • 351 Αγίου Ιωάννη

Situated 500 metres from Stalida Beach and less than 1 km from Drapano Beach, Junior suite by the beach Stalida in Stalida features air-conditioned accommodation with views of the mountain and free WiFi.

The holiday home provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a toaster, and a private bathroom with hot tub and a hair dryer. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

At Junior suite by the beach Stalida guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Star Beach is 2.1 km from the accommodation, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 25 km from Junior suite by the beach Stalida.

  • 720 m
  • 8.4 / 10
  • Ειρήνης 4

Eva’s Villa is set in Stalida, 600 metres from Stalida Beach, 800 metres from Drapano Beach, and 2 km from Star Beach. This property offers access to a balcony and free private parking.

Leading onto a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is featured.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 16 km from the holiday home, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 31 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 24 km from Eva’s Villa.

  • 830 m
  • 9.3 / 10
  • Eleftheriou Venizelou

Boasting inner courtyard views, Poppy flower features accommodation with a patio and a coffee machine, around 600 metres from Stalida Beach. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home with a terrace and garden views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with a bath. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Alexander Beach is less than 1 km from the holiday home, while Ikaros and Kernos Beach is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 27 km from Poppy flower.

  • 860 m
  • 9.8 / 10
  • Eleftheriou Venizelou

Situated in Hersonissos and only less than 1 km from Drapano Beach, Zuzu Riviera Living features accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This holiday home provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 2 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Star Beach, Stalida Beach and Lixnostatis Folk Museum. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 24 km from Zuzu Riviera Living, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 1.5 km

Experiences near Stalis (Stalida)

Numerous activities await tourists in Stalis. From beach walks and historical church visits to exploring neighbouring towns like Malia and Hersonissos, or partaking in traditional village festivities. You can also embark on a journey to explore the Minoan Palace or take day trips to archaeological sites or nearby islands. Other attractions include the Lassithi Plateau, the birthplace of Zeus according to legend, or taking the scenic “Bulgarian Path” to the village of Mohos. Below is a list other attractions in and around Stalis Town.

FAQ

What does the name “Stalis” mean?

“Stalis” originates from the Greek verb “stalizo,” which signifies a place of rest.

Where is Stalis located?

Stalis is situated 30 kilometres east of Heraklion, nestled between Hersonissos and Malia.

What are the neighboring towns of Stalis?

The neighboring towns of Stalis are Hersonissos and Malia.

When did Stalis become a popular holiday destination?

Stalis became a prominent holiday destination during the 1980s.

What characterizes the layout of Stalis?

Stalis features a coastal road lined with shops, tavernas, and hotels, and lacks a typical village central square.

What is the nightlife like in Stalis?

Stalis offers a tranquil nightlife, making it more suitable for family vacations.

What safety measures exist for pedestrians in Stalis?

Pedestrians in Stalis can safely cross the busy main road using several underpasses.

What amenities can I find in Stalis?

Stalis is equipped with restaurants, tourist shops, travel agencies, car and motorbike rental services, minimarkets, and cash points.

How can I get around from Stalis to other locations in Crete?

Regular bus services run from Stalis to locations like Heraklion, Hersonissos, Gouves, Malia, and Agios Nikolaos.

What are the recommended activities in and around Stalis?

Activities in Stalis include beach walks, historical church visits, exploring neighbouring towns, participating in traditional village festivities, and taking day trips to archaeological sites or nearby islands.

What are some notable beaches near Stalis, and what do they offer?

Stalis beach is known for its smooth sands and family-friendly environment. Hersonissos beach, west of Cape Sarandaris, is typically sheltered and calm. Malia is popular among younger crowds for its lively nightlife. Matala, famous for its hippie history, provides stunning scenery. Agia Galini, a pebbled beach, offers cool waters due to the nearby Platys River.

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