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Town & Villages
Malia's Old Town

Sauntering around the labyrinth-like alleys of Malia's old village, many buildings deserve to be looked at up close and personal. Malia's face may have changed over the years; deep down, however, it still displays that little something, which makes it charming and cherished.

Down Town Malia

Down town Malia is a buzzing enclave of nightlife, concentrated on a mile-long strip that runs from the beach up to the village’s main road, a little before which it forks into 2 tracks. Here, the action mainly takes place on the streets: a Clubbers’ Mekka that clusters over a hundred cutting-edge dance clubs, bars and pubs, with outdoor partying and entertainment and permeated with street food bars that serve anything between kebabs, burgers, subs and pizzas.


Stalis is strategically located along the northern coast line of Crete between Malia and Hersonissos. It is a cosy tourist resort with plenty of bars and restaurants and, of course, a beautiful sandy beach that attracts a lot of visitors who are looking for a place to relax and unwind. Stalis is quieter than Malia, and therefore a good choice if you prefer things a bit calmer, but still want to be in a central, easy to access, location. From Stalis you can reach Malia by foot in about 20 minutes.


Step out of Malia’s buzzing urban area and into the idyllic mountain village of Krassi, the easternmost village of the prefecture of Iraklio. Krassi is perched on the northern slopes of Mt. Selena at an altitude of 600m above sea level and counts a population of 350. It breathes a feeling of serenity: it has a giant plane tree – proudly presented as the oldest one in Crete – and a well that has water running directly from the springs of Mt. Selena. There’s nothing like its cool shade on hot summer days! Chill out and relax in the cosy surroundings of one of the inviting taverns that serve delicious, authentic Cretan cooking with pure ingredients or enjoy Greek coffee or home-distilled rakí in the tiny coffeehouses.


This pretty mountain village on the way to the upland plateau of Lassithi has preserved its traditional character and takes you back in time, with picturesque alleys and flower-filled courtyards, where locals are sitting outside their doorstep in the loom of the evening, chit-chatting about everyday things, with lovely whitewashed churches and chapels (like the church of Panayía and its impressive Byzantine icons and wall paintings). Relax and enjoy Cretan hospitality on the shady village square for either a typical Greek coffee or rakí, or a hearty, home-made Cretan dish. Weekends you may even witness a typical Cretan wedding or a traditional (organized) Cretan night.