Heraklion Malia beach

General information

Malia Beach is located in the famous village of Malia, 36 km east of Heraklion Town. The area is fertile and famous for its windmills and local products. The beach that appears right in front of the settlement consists of fine white sand and crystal-clear, shallow waters. It is considered one of the island's finest beaches.

Malia is a much-preferred destination among young crowds as it combines a wide variety of modern facilities with a traditional layout. Although it’s one of the most touristic towns with lively nightlife in Crete, a small part of it actually remains untouched by tourism. A couple of kilometers from there, you will also find the archaeological site of Malia, with its famous Minoan Castle.

Hotels in Malia

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Malia.
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Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa

Hotel Bungalows Rooms Suites Junior Suites Family RoomsLuxury

With a big variety of activities of which to choose, Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa in Heraklion, Crete offers great relaxation moments among luxurious pools, spa facilities, but also action sports, waterslides for the kids, a sandy beach, tasty Mediterranean meals and refreshing cocktails. Suitable for ...

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Cretan Malia Park

Hotel Bungalows Suites Family RoomsLuxury

Decorated with earthy materials, Cretan Malia Park Hotel is situated in Malia, within a short distance of the seashore. The hotel is surrounded by greenery and it offers modern rooms with a stylish atmosphere. The carefully designed garden of the hotel creates a lovely setting for your ...

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High Beach

Hotel Suites Family Rooms4 stars

Ideal for beachfront accommodation, High Beach Hotel allows you to stay right by the seashore of Malia. In addition to its wonderful sea views, the hotel provides a lovely garden full of flowers which houses a dining area. Minimal rooms with a modern style are available for your accommodation.


Things to See & Do in Malia

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Activities & Entertainment

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  • 5 Hours Trip Black Rose Pirate Boat

    Category: Day Trips, Island, Boat Tours

    Board the ultimate pirate boat for a memorable adventure. Sail from Hersonissos to Sissi. Stop to swim and snorkel, and then enjoy a BBQ meal.

    5 hours Map
    from € 59.00
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More about Malia Beach

The Malia coastline is on the eastern side of a 6-kilometer-long beach, starting from Stalida. The central beach of the coastline is called Klotzani and is an organized beach full of umbrellas and sunbeds. On the shore, you can also find other tourist facilities, such as water sports clubs, gyms on the sand, and beach bars where you can enjoy snacks and refreshing beverages.

On the eastern side of the coastline, towards the harbor, you can find more quiet beaches if you want to avoid large crowds. Even further lies the Potamos shore, an ideal spot for peace and relaxation.


2 Reviews
  • federpu 19 Apr 2009
    Much crowded and noisy
    We had at first booked a hotel room in Malia for 8 nights but after two days there, I couldn't find some peace. All you see is drunken British with a beer at hand. It is really a shame because the area around is so nice amd the beach is so clean. We immediately packed our things and looked for a hotel room somewhere else, in the close villages. After a lot of effort (it was middle August, the most crowded time to go for holidays in Crete), we found a room in Hersonissos, not that high class as our hotel in Malia but at least quieter.
  • olkadrop35 17 Jun 2008
    Malia has the best taverns on Crete. Very friendly staff and nice drinks. There I ate the best dakos and onion pies. The beach is also nice and very long. Also very crowded, so get your own umbrella because you might not find anyone left.