Malia, 36 km east of Heraklion, is one of Crete’s biggest package holiday resorts. It has a long sandy beach, most of the times crowded. The Minoan Palace of Malia is situated 3 km east of the town. Malia is Heraklion’s biggest package holiday center with an interminable range of large resort hotels, pensions and apartments. Its long sandy beaches are most of the times crowded and its many discos, bars and cafes host young people determined to spend unforgettable holidays.
The city consists of two parts, the north and the south divided by the main road Heraklion-Agios Nikolaos. Along the beach road (one km towards the sea) you will find many restaurants serving international and Greek cuisine, cafes, several stores, souvenir shops and the majority of nightclubs and bars. However, the best places to eat are in the old town, beside the church of Agios Demetrios.