A town in 2 parts

At first glance Malia is a high-rise, modern town earning its name as Crete’s party capital – with world-class nightlife and activity-fuelled beaches to match. Party credentials aside, though, there’s also a secret network of cobbled streets and dinky Medieval churches to explore in the old town.

Beach life

Malia is feted for its beaches – 5 kilometres of golden sand divided into 6 beaches, each backed by restaurants and bars. From the heady atmosphere of Glozanie Beach with its jet-skis and banana boats, you can wander down past the children’s lido, sun loungers and umbrellas of Sun Beach. Then finally you reach the clear-blue waters of Potomas Beach, a quieter affair that’s popular with locals.

Sunset-to-sunrise partying

Malia’s main strip – just behind the beach – is crammed with more chic bars, pubs and clubs than you can shake a glo-stick at. Malia rivals the Balearics for big-name DJs, too, with shows from the likes of Tinie Tempah all summer long. Even better, the clubs won’t usually charge you to get in.

Handy for Heraklion

Crete’s historical capital, Heraklion, is about 45 minutes’ drive away. The scenery runs through the ages here – from the Venetian fortress of Koules to the 19th-century Ottoman Vezir Mosque. Daily ferries go from the Venetian harbour to Rhodes, Santorini and Athens. On your return you might fancy a nightcap in one of the candle-lit tavernas near the harbour.

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  • 2wentys until November 2014
  • Scene from May 2015
  • Next to the strip
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecues

TripAdvisor rating: 3.5

Prices from £218 per person

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  • 2wentys until November 2014
  • Scene from May 2015
  • Central location
  • 10-minute walk to the beach
  • Pool with whirlpools

TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Prices from £264 per person

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  • Scene from May 2015
  • Lively location
  • Pool with swim-up bar
  • Gym, sauna and steam bath

TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Prices from £242 per person

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