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Crete's favourite party spot is a lively seaside strip, crammed with value-for-money apartments, affordable hotels and well-priced all-inclusive resorts. Holidays in Malia are for chilling on the beach all day, partying all night and exploring ancient cities and lively markets.
With long, sunny summer days and clear blue seas, Malia is perfect for sun worshippers. Sun loungers and beach bars line the 2km (1 mile) sandy beach right in front of the resort. If you prefer not to get sand between your toes, it's easy to find cheap hotels with their own pools.
On and off the beach, Malia's party scene is famous for top DJs from the UK and elsewhere, potent cocktails, throbbing beats and happy hours that last most of the evening. You’ll find some of the brashest, brightest nightlife in Greece here, and you don't have to wait until sundown to start grooving – venues like Crystal Beach Club and Candy Club host all-day events and, for three weeks in July, the Malia Live Beach Festival rocks around the clock at multiple venues around Malia.
For a quieter night out, Malia has dozens of friendly local bars, cafés and restaurants. The dining scene offers everything from traditional Greek dishes to familiar favourites from home – you'll find pizza, pasta, burgers and even curry dishes on the menu.
Beyond the beach, day trips make it easy to visit the top sights of Crete, such as Heraklion's traditional markets where you can shop for designer leatherwear, artisan-made jewellery or local herbs. Adventurers, meanwhile, can trek through spectacular gorges and hidden valleys, delve into spooky caverns, or ride quad bikes on mountain trails that begin within sight of Malia's beach.
History buffs and culture cravers don't have to go far to find the ruins of ancient Minoan cities and medieval fortresses. At Heraklion's Archaeological Museum, you can marvel at gold and ivory treasures from archaeological sites like Knossos and Festos.
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