Malia is Crete's signature party destination and is loaded with bars, clubs and lounges. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover Malia’s rich history showcased at archaeological sites with ancient treasures.
Things to do in Mália
You'll find most of the action on Dimokratias Street, Malia's party-centric main strip. It's lined with lively bars, laid-back pubs and late-night dance clubs. You can enjoy an ice-cold beer at a beachfront bar, sip on fruity fishbowl cocktails or make a splash at a foam party.
Old Malia champions a much quieter approach. You'll find yourself in an enclave of cobblestone streets, historic buildings and flower-strewn balconies. There are plenty of places to wine and dine, including Stablos & Elisabeth. The atmospheric tavern serves up tasty Greek dishes on a sun-dappled rooftop terrace.
Venture outside the town limits to visit the Minoan Palace of Malia. The archaeological site dates back to 1900 BC and is anchored by the spacious Central Court. It's here that archaeologists discovered treasures like the Kernos Stones, an ancient disk used for religious purposes.
Set in front of the town centre, Malia Beach is a great place to enjoy the sun, sand and saltwater. If you prefer a quieter scene, escape to one of the sandy beaches just east of Malia. Potamos Beach is a top pick with its golden sand and crystal-clear water.
Getting around Mália
Malia is easy to get around on foot, with the walk from Dimokratias Street to Old Malia taking just 10 minutes. There are also plenty of taxis cruising the streets. Flights arrive at Heraklion International Airport, which is around 30 minutes from Malia.