Information & Facts
On a Malia holiday, energetic holidaymakers can fill their days
with all manner of watersports, particularly on the busy Dolphin
and Agapi beaches, from banana boat and jet-ski rides to
waterskiing and para-sailing, or a gentle pedalo outing. Many
beaches have daytime bars with deejays providing music on the sand.
Volleyball and football games are also regular features on the
Malia beaches. There are two crazy golf courses on the sea front.
Various excursions are on offer, from forest hikes to
archaeological expeditions. Most visitors hire a quad bike, motor
scooter or a car for all or part of their visit in order to explore
further afield, or take a jeep safari.
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
Although Malia has a long, wide stretch of beach it becomes
heavily crowded during the height of the summer holiday season. The
resort has been largely taken over by young Brits, from teens to
early 20s, whose behaviour is often lewd and bawdy, therefore it is
not suitable for a family holiday.
Malia's nightlife has a reputation for being one of the
Mediterranean's hottest for young clubbers and pubbers, on a par
with Ibiza and Majorca. The main strip along the beach is thick
with touts and barkers luring clients into their establishments
with promises of free admission and a variety of special offers,
such as 'two drinks for the price of one', or free shots. There are
a number of popular bars and cafes open late, and you can try
karaoke at Premier Bar or drink a cocktail from a melon at the
Yiassou Melon Bar. The Malia clubs take their lead from their UK
counterparts, boasting names like London, Newcastle and the Corker
Club, and are occupied mainly by young Brits. In the early hours
many of the revellers end up sleeping off their drinking sprees on
the beach before seeking out breakfast and bed.
There is no shortage of restaurants of all sorts in Malia,
whether it be for slowly-savoured traditional Greek meal, a quick
pasta or take-out burger. The 24-hour McDonald's is probably the
lowest-budget option, while the most expensive establishments are
those with a sea view and classy ambience. Most of the restaurants
offer menus featuring British favourites along with a few Greek
specialities, but there are numerous different international
cuisine options, particularly Italian, Indian and Mexican. The Red
Lion is popular for English breakfasts, while Jasmine House has
good Chinese, and for an authentic Greek meal try the Kreta
A Malia holiday offers the predictable range of Greek resort
shopping, from flip-flops and sun cream to jewellery and leather
goods. All the shops are clustered along the strip and open between
9am and 10pm, seven days a week. Good souvenirs to look out for are
embroidery and other handcrafts, as well as the delicious local
cheeses and wine. Ceramics, leathergoods and jewellery are all
popular as well.