Top 5 things to do in Stalis (Our insider’s tips!)
Stalis is a laid-back village situated on Crete’s northern coast, just 3 kilometres away from Malia. It was once a small fishing village but in recent years it has grown into a cosmopolitan seaside town, ideal for a family getaway. Stalis itself has plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained, but it is also perfectly located for any number of wonderful days out. Here are our favourite things to do in the area…
1/ The Old Village of Mochos: Situated roughly 9 kilometres away from Stalis is the old village of Mochos. The village and its surrounding areas are extremely picturesque with Mochos itself filled with eye-catching alleyways and gorgeous 16th Century architecture, including several historic Byzantine churches. Once you’ve taken it all in, you can dine at any of the numerous local tavernas and soak up the legendary local hospitality. Depending on when you visit, there’s also the chance you’ll get to sample the village’s famed Cretan evenings, complete with food, wine, music and dancing.
2/ Malia Minoan Palace: Not far from Stalis itself lies one of Crete’s greatest archaeological sites, the ancient Minoan Palace of Malia. Dating all the way back to 1900 BC, the site was painstakingly excavated and is now an impressive glimpse into the region’s past. Hiring a local guide will add to the experience as they provide a detailed history of the palace and expand on the mythology surrounding the area, including its supposed former occupant, the much feared Minotour.
3/ Lychnostatis Open Air Museum: This immersive museum offers a fascinating insight into Cretian folk tradition, culture and history. There are traditional Cretan farm houses, wine and olive presses, ceramic workshops and even an art gallery. An impressive auditorium also provides the chance to take in some traditional Greek dancing.
4/ Star Beach Water Park: For anyone seeking a slightly wilder time on holiday, look no further than nearby Star Beach Water Park. This bustling water park is designed to cater for the whole family with plenty of water slide and activities for the kids, as well as water sports and clubs for the adults. Whether it’s a lazy day by the pool you fancy or a wilder time at their legendary foam party, at Star Beach you are guaranteed a good time.
5/ Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre: A short ten minute drive from Stalis, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre is a fun and informative family day out. There’s a spectacular array of marine life to view, as well as numerous reptiles to get up close and hands-on with. The knowledgeable staff will provide fascinating insights that are sure to make this trip as educational as it is fun.
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