Malia is a holiday resort and best enjoyed at the peak of summer. Most visitors book flights to Malia between June and August when temperatures are at their highest, generally around 22-30°C. The months of July and August are particularly busy, as people flock to the town to enjoy the clubs and bars on the Main Strip, when they are at their liveliest. September is also an excellent time to visit if you’re looking for a slightly quieter trip, as the season is coming to an end.
In the winter months between December and February the temperature drops to around 8-14°C and rainfall is more common. As fewer travellers tend to visit in this season, it is an excellent time to look for cheap flights to Malia and discounted room rates.
Spring and autumn mark Malia’s shoulder seasons. During these times the town tends to be quieter – late spring and early autumn may be slightly busier due to the build-up and end of the peak season.
The small town of Malia located on the north coast of Crete is one of the most popular resorts on the island thanks to its eclectic mix of ancient monuments and bustling nightlife. This Greek holiday destination offers plenty of entertainment and attractions for visitors looking for a holiday that combines a sunny beachside location with an authentic Greek atmosphere.
The Main Strip provides most of the entertainment, where restaurants serve traditional Greek cuisine and tavernas draw in crowds. Many young partygoers take flights to Malia to enjoy the town’s party scene. The town is also the location of an important archaeological site, which can be easily reached by walking two miles to the eastern edge of the town. The Palace of Malia is the third largest of its kind in Greece and was a major Minoan settlement that was built in 1900BC. Although destroyed by an earthquake, visitors can explore the ruins or take a guided tour to discover the ancient treasures within. For those fascinated by this ancient site, many of the most important artefacts can be viewed within the Heraklion Museum in the island's capital city. For families, there's plenty of family fun within the local area.
Many holidaymakers who book flights to Malia choose to make a trip to one of the nearby aqua parks, such as Watercity, Star Beach and AquaPlus to ride the water slides, splash or sunbathe. Further afield to the east of Malia lies the Kolokytha Peninsula, a fascinating place for a day trip, where you can take a boat trip to the deserted leper island of Spinalonga or gaze down into blue waters to see the sunken city at the town of Elounda.
Getting around Malia
There are local bus services in the town that run along the main street and also past the beaches. You can take a bus to reach the Palace of Malia at the east side of town. There is also a taxi rank located in front of Agios Nektarios Church.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Flights to Malia will arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER), which is the main airport for the island of Crete and is situated only 20 miles (32 km) west of Malia. There are several car hire companies located at the airport, but you can also hire a taxi from just outside the terminal building. Local buses also run from the airport on a regular timetable from morning to evening.