Malia, lying between Stalis and Sissi on the north coast of Crete, is one of the most popular resorts on the island. It claims to have one of the best sandy beaches and the wildest nightlife on Crete. The golden sand, framed by hills, stretches for two miles along the coast. The waterfront is lined with many bars, pubs, tavernas and restaurants serving a seemingly unlimited variety of menu. This is also the area where the nightlife is at its most frenetic.The old town is much more peaceful with many traditional tavernas and restaurants.Those looking for a quieter time can visit the nearby villages of Piskopiano, Koutouloufari and Old Hersonissos which are barely touched by tourism. The narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, window boxes overflowing with vibrant blossoms and the slow pace of life are a pleasant reminder of bygone days.
Restaurants in Malia/Stalis
Malia has a wide range of bars, tavernas and restaurants catering all tastes. There are many fast food outlets and English style pubs where the less adventurous can eat their familiar food. Thereare also many restaurants serving international cuisine.Eating out in Greece is a pleasure that should be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion so, unless your penchant is for fast foods, try the traditional tavernas in the old town and experience fresh food, particularly fish, simply cooked accompanied by local drinks. You will not be disappointed. Children are warmly welcomed in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are usually accommodated.
Nightlife in Malia/Stalis
Malias nightlife caters for young energetic singles looking for a good time and one which lasts throughout the night. There are large numbers of pubs, discos and clubs that are open until six in the morning. Some venues including the Factory have very popular foam parties. The old town, to the south and slightly inland, is much quieter and there are a number of tavernas and restaurants where traditional Greek food can be enjoyed.
Activites in Malia/Stalis
For those with surplus energy there are numerous opportunities for engaging in water sporting activities including waterskiing, jet skiing, parascending and paragliding. There are also opportunities for the more sedate sports of snorkelling and scuba diving.Malia has a large number of shops and supermarkets providing holiday basics along with gifts and souvenirs. There are many shops selling designer fakes as well as those that sell the real thing. Prices of the genuine articles are rarely cheaper than at home. . Among the local crafts for sale are ceramics, leather goods, jewellery and embroidered linens, all of which make very popular gifts A short trip to the town of Rethymnon is certainly worthwhile. It is a charming place displaying both Ottoman and Venetian architecture and attracts many visitors each year.