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Trip PlannerEurope  /  Greece  /  Crete  /  Heraklion Prefecture  /  Malia


Ruins · Nightlife · Beaches
Located in an area inhabited since Neolithic times, Malia serves as one of Crete's major party zones. Drawing a young crowd of pleasure seekers with its frenzied nightlife, at the height of the season this small coastal town rivals Ibiza in terms of big crowds and even bigger parties. Despite this, Malia's old town remains a pocket of sophistication and culture. Within this district you can discover the quintessential Cretan labyrinth of narrow backstreets and cozy taverns. History buffs can also explore the remains of a Minoan palace, the site of ongoing excavations since the 1920s. With our international travel planner, Greece vacations can be built around trips to Malia and other destinations in Greece.
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Malia's reputation as a mecca for young tourists, especially those hailing from the UK, means that there is no shortage of accommodation choices in the area--though don't expect much peace and quiet. This party capital of the island of Crete offers a number of beachfront hotels, which is certainly the most popular option here. You have hundreds of hotels to choose from in the area, but to avoid the noisy nightlife you should stay off of Malia's main road leading to the beach, which is crowded with clubs and bars. Alternatives include a variety of rentals along and away from the seaside, as well as the occasional boutique hotel.
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