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Stalis or Stalida

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas with its sandy beaches on the north coast, Malia and Stalis offers the ideal starting point by its central geographical location (30km to the airport and the capital of the island, Heraklion), to discover the whole island.

Stalis is perfect for relaxed, lazy days on the beach with azure blue waters lapping against the beautiful stretch of golden sand dotted with sunbeds and parasols.

There are plenty of watersports on offer and away from the beach you will find sights such as the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and Heraklion, with its impressive Venetian architecture and imposing castle.

In the evening you can choose to wine and dine in the resort's wide selection of tavernas and restaurants.

Regular public transportation is available.

Is a coastal town located 34 km east of Iraklion, following the National Road Iraklion - Agios Nikolaos, built at the bay of the same name.

It is the seat of the municipality of Malia which also includes the villages Mohos, Krassi and the area of Stalis.
The region of Malia is very rich due to its fertile land, its springs of water of excellent quality, both gifts of the mount "SELENA" located south of Malia, its archaeological site, and of course its gorgeous sandy beach, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

There is a wide range of tourist and other facilities provided in Malia. Many luxurious hotels and apartments. Plenty of shops, tavernas, restaurants and bars. Car and Bike rentals, Sports, Water Sports, Organized Beaches,Tourist Agents, Banking Sevives etc.
Malia has one of the longest stretches of beach in Crete which actually starts from the small town of Stalis west of Malia and extends for more than 4 km to the east.
This beach is fairly organized and provides all the amenities that a tourist might want.
During the high season (July-September) the beach can get fairly crowded. However there are many smaller beaches in coves around Malia, for those who prefer a more secluded place.

Opposite to the beach there is a small islet, easily accessible by swimming, with a small church on it.

From the city of Iraklion (the bus station is located near the port) there is regular public transportation available for visiting Malia.

Hersonisos (Limin Hersonissos)
Hersonissos is located 26 km east of Iraklion on the road to Agios Nikolaos.

It keeps the name of the ancient city that was located in the place that the harbour of Hersonissos is today.

History & Sights
In the site that the harbour of Hersonissos is built today, there was the city of ancient Hersonissos.

The Roman Hersonisos had wonderful marble waterfalls.The city was first built during the Minoan times but experienced great prosperity during Roman and early Byzantine period.

Remnants of this period can be seen today in the area of Kastri, on a promontory where excavations have revealed an early Christian basilica.

The ancient city of Hersonissos was irrigated by an aqueduct, ruins of which can be found today at Xerokamares, at the village of Potamies.

The harbour of Hersonissos is famous for its night life as there are many bars, restaurants and tavernas next to the beach.

The visitor to the area of Hersonissos will find a large number of shops with jewels, furs, clothing etc. and of course many places to rent cars or bikes.

Daily cruises are also organised by various travel agents, to the neighbouring island of DIA and many other small islets and beaches in the area.

Regular public transportation is available for visiting Hersonissos.

 Important locations on Crete

Important locations in the Heraklion Prefecture:

  • Towns in Heraklion Crete: Heraklion Town, Hersonissos, Malia, Matala, Arkalochori, Archanes, Lendas, Gouves, Stalis.
  • Minoan Palace, Knossos in Heraklion
  • Archaeological Museum: The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world, unique in beauty and completeness is housed in the Museum of Heraklion, a modern building specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Cretan Aquarium: The largest marine research, technology and entertainment complex in the Mediterranean, located in Gouves.
  • Transportation Hubs in Heraklion Crete: Heraklion Port, Heraklion Airport.
  • Sightseeing in Heraklion Crete: Knossos, Phaestos, Malia, Archanes, Tylissos, Amnissos, Levina, Lyttos, Omalos Plateau , Anemospilia Cave.
  • Beaches in Heraklion Crete: Agia Pelagia, Ammoudara, Malia, Stalida, Matala, Hersonissos, Gouves.


Important locations in the Rethymnon Prefecture:

  • Towns in Rethymnon Crete: Rethymnon Town, Anogia, Agia Galini, Adele, Amari, Agia Triada.
  • Transportation Hubs in Rethymnon Crete: Rethymnon Port.
  • Sightseeing in Rethymnon Crete: Ancient Eleftherna, Apodoulou Minoan Site, Ancient Syvritos, Ancient Lappa, Armeni Ancient Necropolis, Preveli Monastery, Arkadi Monastery, Lake Preveli, Idaio Andron Cave, Psiloritis Mountain Range.
  • Beaches in Rethymnon Crete: Agia Galini, Platanes, Bali, Panormos, Rodakino, Agios Pavlos, Preveli, Plakias.


Important locations in the Chania Prefecture:

  • Towns in Chania Crete: Chania Town, Souda, Chora Sfakion, Kasteli Kissamou, Georgioupoli, Paleochora, Mournies, Maleme, Kalyves.
  • Transportation Hubs in Chania Crete: Chania Airport, Souda Port, Chania Port.
  • Sightseeing in Chania Crete: Ancient Polyrinia, Ancient Anopolis, Ancient Falasarna, Ancient Aptera, Ancient Lissos, Ancient Elyros, Georgioupoli Greco-Roman Site, Frangokastelo Fortress, Samaria Gorge, Topolia Gorge, Monasteries in Akrotiri, Elafonissi Island.
  • Beaches in Chania Crete: Frangokastelo, Loutro, Souyia, Agia Marina, Paleochora, Falarsana, Kastelli-Kissamos, Kolumbari, Platanias, Maleme, Kalyves, Georgioupoli, and the islets of Gramvoussa and Elafonissi.


Important locations in the Lassithi Prefecture:

  • Towns in Lassithi Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra, Elounda.
  • Transportation Hubs in Lassithi Crete: Agios Nikolaos Port, Sitia Port, Sitia Airport.
  • Sightseeing in Lassithi Crete: Zakros Palace, Ancient Palekastro, Ancient Itanos, Ancient Praisos, Ancient Driros, Doric Lato, Ancient Towns of Gournia and Makrygialos, Kazarma Fortress in Sitia, Diktaion Andron Cave, Lassithi Plateau, Spinalonga Island, Vai Palm Tree Forest.
  • Beaches in Lassithi Crete: Vai Palm Tree Forest Beach, Myrtos, Ierapetra, Makrygialos, Xerokambos, Kato Zakros, Itanos, Pachia Ammos, Istro, Ammoudi, Havania, Elounda, the islands of Chryssi and Koufonissi.