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It's easy to book holidays to Malia with TravelSupermarket: compare prices, book your break and then jet off to the party capital of Crete...
The lovely Greek island of Crete is reputed for its raw natural beauty, for the layers of ancient times gone by that ruffle the feathers of historians, and for the endless summer sunshine that kisses the skin of the island's adoring fans. Crete also has a reputation as a party island and that is for one main reason: Malia. This town is known for its heady soundtrack, a plethora of bars and clubs, game-packed beach days and good value hotels.
It's not all about partying in Malia, though this is the main reason why night owls flock to this seaside resort. The beaches are pretty spectacular in Malia - there are five kilometres of sands here. From the family-friendly facilities at Sun Beach to the famed party antics of Pleasure Beach, there's a spot on the sands to suit you.
The atmosphere is clearly not traditional here, though you can tuck into some delicious and authentic Greek cuisine at a number of good restaurants. The dining scene in Malia also offers up tastes from around the globe. Whatever you fancy - be it British, Chinese, Mexican, Italian or any other national flavour - there's an eatery serving up a dish for you.
The nightlife is legendary in Malia and when darkness falls, the neon lights of the town buzz into life. It's not difficult to find the main strip of action - simply follow the crowds. Away from the strip there are plenty of chilled-out bars and restaurants in which to enjoy a more mellow evening.
Hotels in Malia mostly fall at the middle and lower ends of the price range within Crete, with a good supply of two- and three-star hotels offering pools, clean but basic rooms, and lively pool scenes.
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Find out when Malia gets going for its sizzling summer season...
The holiday season gets going in May and only winds down in October. There isn't much of a holiday atmosphere in Malia outside these months. The southerly position of Crete means that average daytime temperatures are already steering a course for 25C and beyond by May and things don't cool down until October has come and gone. July and August experience the hottest days and nights in Malia, which is when the summer crowds gather.
Holidays in Malia are a lively affair and the weekly events calendar is packed during summer. Here are a few other options...
Easter; March/April: Some visitors do make it to Crete earlier than the main summer season and find that Easter is a wonderful time to be on the island as the religious holiday is marked by food, wine and dancing.
Chania Rock Festival; August: Malia is also about pop and dance music, but if you like your guitar riffs a little heavier then consider a trip to this annual rock fest. It's a two-and-a-half hour trip to the city of Chania from Malia.
Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin; mid-August: This traditional and religious event is a joyous affair, celebrated with fine food, local wine and, of course, plenty of dancing.
Whether you are travelling as a couple, a group or a family, there's something fun to do in Malia...
Babies and toddlers: Centrally-located Sun Beach is immensely family friendly. The waters are shallow and there are a few eateries near to the special children's pool.
Kids and teens: Tour the remains of the Minoan Palace of Malia and let young imaginations run wild with tales of the past.
Active types: Hire a quad bike and head up into the hills behind Malia for thrill rides and incredible views along the coastline.
Free and cheap: It doesn't cost much for a ticket on the Happy Train - a pleasant little tourist train that pootles between Malia and nearby Stalis. It's a nice way to see the sights.
Nightlife: Legendary in all of Crete, the nightlife in Malia is wild. In summer Malia rivals the Balearic isles for top-name DJs on the decks. The hottest clubs change from season to season, so take an organised bar and club tour early on to get a flavour for the best.