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Fri, 14 Apr 2017

Holidays In Traditional Malia Village

Traditional Malia Village Holidays at a Glance

Key Facts - Traditional Malia Village

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

Koutouloufari 312X208

Ammoudara 312X208

Aghios Nikolaos 312X208

Koutouloufari - Traditional charm ~ Peaceful

Amoudara - Great Beach ~ Relaxed

Aghios Nikolaos - Lively nightlife ~ Traditional charm

This charming village offers peace and tranquillity, along with a good selection of tavernas. Hersonissos is nearby.

Amoudara means “the huge sand” in Greek making this friendly resort with its 7km stretch of golden sand the ideal choice for beach lovers.

This picturesque and busy fishing town called Agios Nikolaos, is ideal for anyone seeking a lively fun-filled holiday, boasting an attractive harbour lined with open air cafes and tavernas, a beautiful lake and small sandy beaches.

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Book a holiday to Amoundara

Book a holiday to Aghios Nikolaos

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Elounda 312X208

Malia 312X208

Hersonissos - Lively nightlife ~ Picturesque

Elounda - Traditional ~ Relaxed ~ Picturesque

Malia - Lively nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Ranked as one of Crete’s liveliest resorts the cosmopolitan town of Hersonissos is well known for its scores of restaurants and bars.

Days can be spent relaxing on the sandy/shingle beach or visiting the old villages with their charming tavernas and pretty houses.

Just 10km North of Aghios Nikolaos lies the lovely resort of Elounda. With its attractive coastline, beautiful harbour area and spectacular views of Spinalonga Island,  Elounda was made famous as the setting of the film “Who Pays the Ferryman”.

The resort has retained all of its original Cretan charm and remains a tranquil spot in both early and late season, becoming lively in the height of the summer. 

Boasting one of the best sandy beaches on the island, Malia is divided into two distinctly contrasting parts. The old village with is lovely tavernas and typical old village style houses provides a relaxed atmosphere. The newer part of the town has developed along the road leading down to the beach. This resort really comes to life at night and is ideal for the young and lively.

Book a holiday to Hersonissos

 Book a holiday to Elounda

Book a holiday to Malia

Stalis 312X208

Gouves 312X208

Bali 312X208

Stalis - Nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Gouves – Relaxed ~ Traditional Charm

Bali - Picturesque ~ Traditional Charm

Stalis is a rapidly expanding resort situated between its livelier neighbours, Malia and Hersonissos. It has a vast expanse of beautiful sandy beach and a laid back atmosphere.

Gouves is situated on the north coast and is an excellent base for exploring this area. This small resort offers a relaxing environment although there is a choice of shops and restaurants.

Built around four coves, the fishing village offers an excellent choice of fish tavernas, especially around the quaint old harbour. Bali is situated on the north coast 35km from Rethymnon. It is an ideal spot from which to explore Crete.

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Book a holiday to Gouves

Book a Holiday to Bali

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Sissi 312X208

Plakias 312X208

Rethymnon - Superb Beaches ~ Traditional Charm

Sissi - Relaxed~ Beaches ~ Picturesque

Plakias - Picturesque ~ Traditional town

Built around the harbour this contrasting resort offers a bustling atmosphere along with the traditional old part of the town. The vast expanse of beach starts right in the centre of town.

Only 30 minutes from Aghios Nikolaos and situated between Malia and Milatos, this small unspoilt resort offers an excellent choice for a slow, relaxed paced holiday with its pretty harbour.

Perfect for a relaxing sunshine holiday, Plakias situated in the southern coast line boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach complemented by calm, turquoise waters. Nightlife is low key.

Book a holiday to Rethymnon

Book a holiday to Sissi

Book a holiday to Plakias

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Chania - Lively resort ~ Picturesque

With fantastic views of the White Mountains, Chania is located on the most fertile side of the island. The picturesque Venetian harbour is lined with tavernas and is the perfect place to sample the excellent fish available. The best and most unspoilt beaches can be found the west of Chania.

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Cretaquarium: Situated at Gournes, 15 km east of Heraklion is this huge indoor aquarium installed at a former US Air Force base. The artificial underwater world is home to over 2500 Mediterranean and tropical sea creatures with interactive educational multi-media activities. Buses run every 30 minutes from Heraklion to within ten-minutes walk of the aquarium.

Dikteon Cave: According to legend, the infant Zeus was born in this cave, and hidden here to avoid him being eaten by his father Cronos. It has an upper and lower section and a huge stalagmite known as the Mantle of Zeus. It can be reached by a steep walk from the village of Psyhro, with some lovely views of the verdant plateau of Lasithi, or you can pay to go up on a mule.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum: The museum is renowned for its huge collection of Minoan treasures and artefacts and is the place to visit to become immersed in the ancient civilization which began on Crete and, for centuries, dominated the Aegean islands.

Heraklion Wine Country: A treat for wine-lovers, tour one of the dozen or so vineyards among the beautiful rolling hills and valleys south of Knossos. Around 70% of Crete's wine is produced here. Find out about its production in the wine museums, and enjoy a tasting or two. A map entitled The Wine Roads of Heraklion is available at the tourist office as well as from the estates themselves.

Knossos Palace: In a beautiful setting just 5 km southeast of Heraklion, this palace is the most magnificent and evocative of Crete's Minoan sites. A tour can be combined with the Heraklion Museum to give an excellent insight into the history of the island and the Minoan civilization.

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Myrtia: Dedicated to the author of Zorba the Greek, here you can listen to a short documentary about Kazantzakis before scrutinizing film posters, letters, photographs and other personal effects of Crete's most famous writer. Afterwards, enjoy a coffee in one of the many kafeneios surrounding Myrtia's town square.

Spinalonga Island: Made famous as the setting for the film Who Pays the Ferryman?, Spinalonga island attracts thousands of visitors every year to see the ruins of the Venetian Fortress and its leper colony. Hop on a boat to the island and take your time exploring or find a quiet, sunny spot for restful day away in the sun, tucking into the authentic Greek barbecue and taking a quick dip before heading back.

Zakros and the Valley of the Dead: Situated at the eastern end of Crete, the village of Zakros is the starting point for a trail through Zakros Gorge, otherwise known as Valley for the Dead, due to the abundance of caves which are ancient burial sites. Follow it down to Kato Zakros, on the coast, for some spectacular scenery culminating in the partly submerged ruins of the Minoan Zakros Palace and a pebble beach where tavernas provide refreshments.

Popular activities during Crete holidays include:-

  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Walking and hiking
  • Cycling

Fun Excursions while on Crete Holidays

Spinalonga: This one is for the sailors and sun lovers amongst you. Interested? The come along with us to the haunting island of Spinalonga, an old Leper Colony!

Chrissi Island: An exceptional day to a tropical paradise set in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea. Sunbathe on the wondrous beaches of unusual coloured sand.

Unknown Crete: Travel through unspoilt villages where donkeys still travel the roads. Visit a local winery and see how wine is made with the chance to sample and buy.

Cretan Night: If you love food, drink and dancing, then you will love this night out. As you enter the venue, the Cretan lifestyle takes over as the evening is given to plenty of eating, drinking and merry making as only the Greeks know how.

Knossos: If you visit Crete and do not see the ancient palace of Knossos is compares to visiting Egypt and not seeing the pyramids. This is where European civilisation began with the dazzling Mineon people.

Jeep Safari: Travel off the beaten track through traditional mountain villages - a real chance to see a taste of real Greece.

Beach Party: Join your Olympic Reps on your very own sandy beach for an afternoon of partying in the sun! An hour and half free bar will get you in the mood to join in some wild and wicket games.

Eating/Drinking During Traditional Malia Village Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Traditional Malia Village Holidays

Bus: Public buses remain a solid possibility for seeing much of Crete. They're inexpensive, relatively frequent, and connect to all but the most isolated villages. The downside is that the schedules are not always the most convenient for travellers with limited time. Certainly you can take them between all major resorts and towns.

Taxi: Getting around by Taxi during Crete holidays is cheap and convenient, be sure to set the price beforehand or ensure the meter us running.

Car: An excellent way of getting around during Crete holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Traditional Malia Village Holidays Shopping

Popular purchases for those taking Crete holidays include:-

  • Tsikoudia or Raki local high street spirit
  • Traditional woven fabrics, Cretan Rugs and Blankets
  • Locally produced Olive Oil
  • Ceramics
  • Silverware

Holidays in Traditional Malia Village - Beaches

Enjoying the longest summers in Greece, Crete is famous for its fabulous beaches. Whatever your tastes the island has the perfect stretch of sand for you.

Amoudara - With 3 miles of golden sands the fine sandy beach at Amoudara is widely regarded as one of the best on the island.

Ierapetra - 36 miles south of Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra has the longest beach on Crete.

Malia - The fantastic beach at Malia is regarded by many to be one of the best on the island with deep-piled sand stretching for miles and no shortage of water sports available.

Vai Beach - With a gently curving golden sand beach, Vai Beach is famous for its natural palm forest, the largest in Europe which forms the backdrop.

StalisStalis boasts a vast expanse of beautiful sand beach. It is a short taxi ride from Hersonissos and has lots of amenities close at hand.

Preveli Beach - Located in Rethymnon, Preveli Beach is one of the most attractive on the island. It boasts crystal clear waters and many palm trees. 

Kolokytha Beach - On the Kolokytha Peninsula, the beach can be reached by crossing the narrow isthmus occupied by windmills and heading for the small church of Agios Loukas. Here a small path will take you down to this uncrowded little beach. 

Driros Beach - A lovely spot backed by pine trees and views of Spinalonga island situated a few kms north of Elounda. Here you will find sun loungers and a cafe with tables and chairs on a wooden jetty. Watersports are also available here.

Plaka - A little further on past Driros beach are two picturesque pebbly beaches with crystal clear waters. The beach of Agia Marina, named after the nearby Byzantine church, in front of a large hotel, has big pebbles and deep waters. Access is via a small path alongside the church cemetery.

Geropotamos - Head out about 18 kms towards Heraklion to find this uncrowded sand and pebble beach. The sea is clean but deep with no lifeguard and so extra care should be taken with children. It can get windy in summer.

Platanias - This well-organised, long beach with lovely soft sand is 4 kms east of Rethymnon, and is very popular during the summer months.

Weather and climate information

In the north of Crete the climate is typically Mediterranean; in the south it's almost subtropical. Spring comes early with average temperatures of 15C/61F in March and 20C/68F in April. Summers are baking hot and dry but with strong sea breezes. July and August are the hottest (and windiest) months - temperatures average 25.9C/85F and can reach 40C/104F.

From November to March the weather is cooler and damper, although even in January the average temperature is 12C. During this period, many attractions close, and it can be very cold indeed in the mountains, where snow falls regularly.

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 16 19 23 25 25 23 20
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 7 9 11 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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