Malia is a brilliant resort that has an extremely lively nightlife. There are many groups of young singles that enjoy the resort as well as couples and families. If you are looking for fun in the sun then this is definitely the resort for you. In the high summer season, young groups flock to the resort for its lively nightlife and brilliant activities. The transfer time is usually around an hour, however it can take up to an hour and a half. This gives you plenty of time to look around at the surrounding scenery that Crete has to offer, as well as gain an understanding of the location of the resort and the location of your accommodation within the resort. The beach in Malia is brilliant as it is long and sandy with plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire. Swimming in the resort is safe and it is lined with hotels and bars for refreshments. There are plenty of water sports available in the resort. You will find a number of hotels and self-catering apartments in the resort. Many of the apartments have late night bars playing music for the young crowds. The hotels are usually 2-4-stars as are the apartments and offer self-catering, room only, half-board and all-inclusive.
Malia is definitely a beach resort by day. Everyone flocks to the beach to enjoy the many water sports or to purely just relax in the sun. Water sports for you to try include swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, paragliding, parascending and even hiring pedalloes. All beaches are open to the public and none are private giving you a wider choice. There are also plenty of other places for you to see such as the water park in Anopolis, the ancient site of Palace of Malia, the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. There are also other activities for you to try such as horse-riding or going on one of the many boat trips, whether it be sightseeing or a booze cruise.
There are numerous places to eat and drink in Malia. You will find taverns, bars and plenty of fast food places including the famous McDonald's. There are also more upmarket restaurants available offering traditional local cuisine as well as more international options such as British, Chinese, Italian and Indian. There are even a couple of curry houses for you to enjoy. The nightlife in Malia is very vibrant meaning you have a very wide choice of bars, pubs, discos and clubs to choose from. Some offer karaoke, other offer cocktails, others offer dance floors and others have live music. You are highly likely to find somewhere that you will really enjoy and as all the bars are in close proximity to each other, they are not difficult to find. Shopping in Malia is brilliant with souvenirs, crafts, boutiques, jewellery, mini markets and supermarkets. Public transport in the resort is good with a frequent bus service to Heraklion and Aghios Nikolaos among others and plenty of local taxis and car hire are available.
Malia summer season lasts from April until October and it tends to be very hot and dry and then mild in the winter. However all year round, the weather is good making it an ideal holiday destination all year round. From the beginning of the summer in April, the temperatures are already around 18°C and there are around 8 hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures continue to rise throughout the summer with them peaking at around 27°C in August. By then, there are 13 hours of sunshine a day. There is a gentle coastal breeze that keeps the temperature at a manageable level. From September to October there are 9-11 hours of sunshine a day and temperatures still remain at around 20°C. The winter rainfall starts in December, however the wettest months are January and February. There is a minimum of 4 hours of sunshine a day in this period with temperatures dropping to around 12°C.