Enjoying the Beauty of Malia—What You Need to Know

Known for its scenic resorts frequented by tourists, Crete boasts another popular destination for tourists looking to have a great vacation: Malia. 

While not your average relaxed and laid-back Cretan village, Maila is perfect for energy-packed fun in the sun and an even more vibrant nightlife. If you’re in Crete and looking to have a great time with a boat party, Malia is the place to be!

About Malia

If you’ve never heard of Malia before and are curious to know where it’s located, it’s just a bit less than 40 kilometres east of Heraklion, which is on the northern coast of Crete. Chersonissos is another town along the same coastline that also offers a colourful party scene. 

Malia is an ideal location if you want to enjoy all the great things that Crete offers. Its proximity to the capital of Crete and Heraklion gives tourists a chance to enjoy the beach, dance the night away, see a bit of culture, or wining and dining after a day full of shopping. 

If you’re in the mood to see the sights after your boat party, then it’s advisable to rent a car to explore Malia and the rest of the area.

Things to Do in Malia

It’s no exaggeration to say that Malia has got everything for tourists who want to have a blast, relax, and simply soak up the sun while on vacation. This seaside resort will give you great beaches, restaurants, beach bars, shops, and clubs. 

Here are some of the best things to do in Malia:

Sun Beach Malia

This popular destination has an array of relaxing activities to do. Whether you’re looking for a classic English breakfast, a great fast food joint, coffee shops, and pubs that serve a good pint, you’ll be sure to find it! In the evening, expect to see the nightlife come alive in the beach bars along Malia’s coast and along the main road, Dimokratias Avenue. 

Minoan Palace of Malia

No trip would be complete without a bit of sightseeing at some historical sites. The Minoan Palace of Malia is the third biggest on the island next to Knossos Palace near Heraklion and Faistos. You’ll see where this ancient civilisation prospered, finding beautiful architecture and art at this archaeological site. One of the smaller museums found at the entrance of the site is worth paying a visit. 

Animal Fun at Amazonas Park

Animal lovers rejoice! Amazonas Park is a park and rescue centre where visitors can take a stroll and interact with the animals rather than looking at them in cages. This park can be reached using the road that leads to the town Agios Nikolaos. 

If you’re lucky, you might visit it on a day where it’s possible to feed the animals! Expect to see more than just the local fauna; you’ll probably spot exotic species like monkeys, lemurs, and parrots too.

Canyoning at the Roza Gorge

Those up for a challenge can opt to hike and canyon down the Roza Gorge, the largest of which is about fifteen meters high. You can book group descents, but be sure to check in advance what you need to bring with you if you plan on heading there!

Visit Dia Island

Spending a day out at sea is perfect with the addition of visiting Dia island, which is a few kilometres off the coast of Heraklion. With several boat trips available, you’ll be sure to find one that suits you best. 

When you arrive at Dia, there are many wonderful activities to enjoy, such as snorkelling, fishing, swimming, and just plain and simple relaxation under the sun. Ask your tour guide if they offer typical Cretan lunches in their fees, so you can enjoy a real treat while visiting Dia. You can also rent a party boat for a unique experience to make the excursion a little more exciting!


Malia has so many things to offer, whether you’re up to going on island tours to historic sites and enjoying some of the best parties in the Mediterranean. You can’t go wrong with choosing this for your island getaway. There’s nothing quite like being able to dance the day and night away on a great party boat with all the incredible features of a beautiful Cretan village just within reach!

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