An unforgettable boat party experience just isn’t complete without a stopover on the coast. Whether you’re looking to keep the party going or do some sightseeing, Malia offers the best of both worlds with its white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy a hike through Crete’s forests or visit historical sites, like the Malia Palace. Whatever it is you fancy, Malia’s got something in store for you!
If you’re planning on making a lay-over in this beautiful town, then here are the top six must-see places while you’re there:
1. Dimokratias Street
If you want to experience the best of Malia’s famous nightlife scene, then Dimokratias Street (a.k.a. Beach Road) is the place to be! This strip has four main clubs and boasts performances from world-class DJs and foam parties. It also connects Old Town Malia and Glozanie Beach, where you can find many beach clubs too.
Be sure to check out Candy Club for more mainstream dance hits and Zig Zag Club for a large dance floor and some house music.
2. Krasi and Mochos
Don’t miss out on the cultural getaways that Malia has to offer! You can take a day trip to reach the mountain villages of Krasi and Mochos, where they are known for some of the best olive oil and sarikopita (cheese pie) made in traditional wood ovens.
Marvel at the frescoes and wooden carved temples at the Catholic Church of Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros. If you’re lucky enough, you may also witness a few traditional Cretan song and dance performances in either of these villages.
3. Glozanie Beach
No place does beach parties quite like Glozanie Beach! Along its two-kilometre expanse of white sand is a seafront lined with all sorts of beach clubs and cafes. This beach is conveniently connected to Old Town Malia via Dimokratias Street where there are also several clubs to choose from.
Some of the most popular beach clubs along it include Bikini Beach Bar and Pleasure Beach Club, where you’ll find laid-back and luxurious loungers, restaurant services, and romantic restaurant views. It’s all about basking in the Mediterranean sun with your favourite cocktail, after all!
However, lounging and relaxing aren’t the only things you can do on this beach. Those looking for more activities to get their blood pumping can sign up for water sports, such as jet-skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing.
4. The Roza Gorge
Taking a break from the party scene and seeing some nature can be a much-needed change in scenery and pace. One of the best places to hike in Crete is along the Roza Gorge. Named after the rose-coloured rocks formations which characterise the gorge, this 6.8-kilometre trail connects the villages of Gonies and Kera.
Beginners may opt for a day hike by starting in one town and ending in another! More seasoned hikers, on the other hand, can challenge themselves by doing a round trip hike.
5. Malia Palace
If historical sites pique your interest, then Malia Palace is a must-see while you’re on the island. It’s an ancient archaeological site that has unearthed a wealth of Minoan artefacts, offering a glimpse of what life might have been like on the island centuries ago.
6. Lassithi Plateau
Going on a jeep safari tour is one of the most adventurous activities you can do in Malia.
The Lassithi Plateau is a 30-minute drive from Malia and has a landscape dotted with tiny rural villages as well as the famous white-sailed windmills. Mount Spathi also offers gorgeous views for those who are up for a challenging hike. However, the real highlight of this place is Psychro Cave, as it is said to be the mythical birthplace of Zeus.
It’s not often that you can find a booze cruise stop-over that offers as many sights and activities as it does the best clubs in Europe. Whether it’s parasailing, going on safari, or hitting up the hottest parties, Malia has something for everyone who’s looking for sand, sun and a whole lot of fun.
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