A cosmopolitan holiday town
Sandwiched between Hersonissos 5 kilometres to the west, and Malia 3 kilometres to the east, Stalis is one of the most laid-back and sophisticated holiday retreats on Crete. Until the 1980s, it was a small farming fishing village. Today, it’s a cosmopolitan seaside town which attracts visitors from all over to world to its quaint Venetian-style streets and long sandy beach – one of the best on the island.
A long, sandy beach
A 6.5-kilometre stretch of golden sand starts in Stalis and wends its way eastwards along the coast to Malia and beyond. Battalions of sunloungers and parasols line the way, and the entire stretch is backed by hotels, restaurants, bars and tavernas. The Stalis end of the beach is the most relaxed and family-friendly, with gently sloping sands and shallow waters. The Malia end is best for watersports and beachside dancing after dark.
Day trips to Malia
Malia is best-known for its 24-hour party scene, with anthem-pumping clubs where you can see international acts like N Dubz, Professor Green and Judge Jules for free. But cross over the road from the club strip and you’ll find yourself transported back to an old town of winding streets, whitewashed houses and traditional tavernas. It’s just a 20-minute walk from Stalis to Malia, though several buses and mini train do run between the 2 during the day. A taxi home after a night out shouldn’t set you back more than about 8 euros.