There are dozens of excellent vacation destinations in Greece and the Greek isles, but one that is often overlooked is the small community of Malia. The town lies on the north coast of the popular island of Crete and has a population of just over 6,000. It’s just about 20 miles east of the island’s capital city of Heraklion. Most travelers head to Malia due to its historical archaeological findings and because it actually has quite a swinging nightlife for such as relatively small place.
One of the most popular attractions here is the Palace of Malia, which was originally built during the middle Bronze Age. However, in the late Bronze Age the palace and several other structures were flattened when the area was devastated by an earthquake. Residents rebuilt the place and the ruins of it and the courtyard can still be seen today.
But while some tourists are interested in the ancient history and culture of Malia and the surrounding area, you’ll find that many young people come for the present. This is because the town is one of the best holiday resorts on Crete and there are plenty restaurants, hotels, shops, nightclubs, and bars to choose from. It’s certainly one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, but many North Americans are unaware of it.
It’s especially a hotspot with British vacationers and is often compared to both Magaluf and Ibiza. Many young adults flock here to check out the numerous entertainment events and popular disc jockeys. The town is certainly hopping at night and there are also plenty of things to do during the sunny hours of the day. The three-mile long beach is also a hub of activity and a place where you can enjoy several water sports such as parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, and snorkeling or simply relax.
The accommodations are made to suit a wide range of vacation budgets as are the restaurants and bars etc. The local cuisine is quite delicious as Greece is certainly known for its food. You’ll find a wide assortment of kebabs, grilled meats, cheeses, and of course moussaka. There are also international restaurants in town where you can enjoy Indian, Chinese, and Mexican dishes. Fast food such as fish and chips and hamburgers can also be found.