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Town in Crete

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in or near Malia

Beach Road - The Malia Strip (Nightlife)

Street with bars and nightclubs that hosts a frantic spree from 11 at night until the early morning hours.

A photo taken from a veranda of a beach bar showing the Malia Beach.
↑ N   < 1km

Malia Beach

Organized wide beach with fine sand and shallow waters. It is busy with many beach bars, amenities, and services like water sports and others.
Buildings following the traditional architecture and narrow streets in the old city of Malia.
↓ S   ≈ 1.1km

Malia Old Town

It includes the traditional notion of a modern tourist resort & it's famous for the narrow streets and the tavernas in picturesque squares.

The remains of the Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace» under a protective overhanging covering.
→ E   ≈ 3.9km

Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace»

The third-largest Minoan Palace founded in 1900, and similarly to the others destroyed in 1450 BC.

One of the buildings where the Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum is housed.
← W   ≈ 7km

Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum

A series of facilities that reveal the folklore background and the traditional life on the island.

A picture of the port of Hersonissos.
photo: Stegop / CC BY-SA 3.0
↖ NW   ≈ 10.1km


The port of the homonymous village that from the 60's developed to the biggest seaside resort of Crete and one of the biggest in Greece.

A photo showing the Windmills of Selí Ambélou with the surrounding mountains in the background.
↓ S   ≈ 13.2km

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

24 out of the 27 initially existing windmills compose a complex that was characterized as a piece of art from the Greek Government in 1986.

An overview of the whole building and the main entrance of CRETAquarium Thalassókosmos.
← W   ≈ 23.7km

CRETAquarium Thalassókosmos

Visiting the biggest Greek aquarium and one of the largest in Europe is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge about the marine environment.

One of the central pedestrian streets of Heraklion leading to the sea.
← W   ≈ 33.2km


The largest populated city of Crete where the expansion and the "modernisation" process of the '70s destroyed its architectural character.

An picture of the island of Spinalonga where the Venetian fortifications and the other facilities are visible.
→ E   ≈ 35.2km

Spinalonga Fortress (Island)

Small island close to Elounda fortified by the Venetians that became a place of isolation for the lepers of Greece between 1904 and 1957.

An old round windmill at the area Poros close to Elounta.
→ E   ≈ 35.2km

Poros Elounda Windmills (& Basilica)

The three old well-reserved round windmills by the sea which are distinctive trademarks of the area that is characterized by the strong winds.

A picture showing small fishing boats at the lake of Agios Nikolaos on Crete.
↘ SE   ≈ 35.4km

Agios Nikolaos

The capital of the eastern regional unit of Crete (Lasithi) located at Mirabello Bay that stands for moderate & sustainable tourism development.

A part of the reconstructed remains that depict to a certain extent the structure of the Minoan Palace in Knossos.
← W   ≈ 38.2km

Minoan Palace of Knossos

Epicenter of a great civilization that thrived on Crete during the Stone Age and brought to light with the excavations of Sir Arthur John Evans.

Remains of the Archaeological Site Pyrgos Myrtos with the blue sea in the background.
↓ S   ≈ 46.9km

Archaeological Site of a Minoan Settlement

Minoan site founded approximately in 3000 BC, located in a protected location with great view.

Questions & Answers about Malia

Why Visit Malia?
  • Malia is known among tourists for holidays with 3s, corresponding to sand, sea, sex.
  • Most of the tourists are of younger age, with the majority coming from England.
  • The area is also famous for the delicious bananas grown in local greenhouses.