Central Crete beaches

Malia

Heraklion

Cretan Beaches

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Malia beach
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Malia is one of the most touristic resorts in Crete, located 35km east of Heraklion. It is famous for its wild nightlife and the third largest Minoan palacein Crete, Malia palace. Malia could not get developed in tourism without its sandy beaches. The beach of Malia is the eastern part of the 6km long bay starting from Stalis. It is a wide beach with fine sand and shallow water. It is usually very crowded, so that there is no space between the sunbeds to fit a pin! Here you can find whatever comfort you ask. Apart from the classic umbrellas and water sports, you will find some extreme services, like massage, gym on the beach, bars at the hotel pools, and many more.

If you seek for a peaceful beach, Malia is definitely not one of the places you want to visit. One option is to head east, beyond the local port, where there is the quiet beaches of Pirgos and Potamos. Opposite the main beach of Malia at position Klotzani, there is the small islet with the scenic chapel of the Transfiguration of Christ, perhaps the most famous portrait of Malia.

On the beach there are some springs. According to the tradition, whoever childless woman drunk water or washed herself, she could then conceive a child.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Heraklion
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Crowded place
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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