A popular choice among visitors, Malia, about 35km from Heraklion city, is famous for the robust nightlife.
One of the most popular tourist resorts in the prefecture, it has two faces. The coastal side with clubs and bars which are very busy at night and old Malia, on the main road (which divides the town into the two parts) with the narrow streets, traditional houses and tavernas.
Malia has a long history that takes us back to the Neolithic period, and it reached its peak during the Minoan period, when it was an important town in Crete. This is why 3km from Malia you will come across Malia Palace (17th-15th century B.C). The big Paleo palatial necropolis was also discovered at Chrysolakkos, where the gold pendant with the two bees was found which can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Malia sandy beach is ideal for swimming, and consists of many parts, with the central one located only 1km form the centre of the settlement. There are beach bars, beach umbrellas and chaise longues as well as water sports facilities.