Malia is a modern holiday resort with a traditional charm. It is an old guardian of its Minoan legacy of the palace ruins – a true archeological gem – nowadays is also a clubber’s Mekka and a place to chill out and relax by the pool or at the beach.
Malia was the very first tourist discovery in Crete – warm, sunny climate, 6km of sandy beaches and crystal clear blue sea…a pure, untouched area with friendly locals who displayed hospitality which exceeded anyone’s expectation, complemented by the sheer magic of thousand of windmills with their white sails, scatter around the plain. Together with Stalida and Chersonissos Malia forms the “Cretan Riviera”. Malia is more or less divided by time into “Old and New Town”. Both parts have their own unique atmosphere. Old Town especially in the evening, the labyrinth-like alleys and flower-filled courtyards give it an appealing, romantic touch. Have a look inside the small Byzantine churches with their beautiful wall paintings and icons. Experience culinary Cretan delights and flavours in one of the local little taverns. Nature lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the many hiking and biking possibilities in the area – discover ancient paths in the countryside, explore valleys and climb rugged mountains.
Malia is called the “vegetable garden of Crete” for its big crop cultivation flourished in the 1920s with the advent of the windmills as a water pumps. Regional agriculture produces mainly okra beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes and watermelons. Cretan food is delicious: fresh vegetables, olives and its olive oil, local herbs and honey from the mountains, dairy produce with its famous feta cheese, meat, fish & seafood and of course the traditional tzatziki sauce, lemons, wine and raki.