Dubbed the nightlife capital, Malia is lively resort, which has something to offer everyone. If you like to live life 24 hours a day then Malia is the place for you, while the adjacent old village provides some respite and a touch of traditional atmosphere. This is the home of the more traditional tavernas, which are tucked away in its maze of twisting, winding streets.
Malia is lively enough by day - but it really only comes to life after sundown. Then it throbs the night away to the beat of loud music from the various bars and, because all that dancing is bound to make you peckish, the fast-food joints stay open all night.
Things to see and do
On the outskirts of Malia lies the Archeological place of Malia. Excavations have brought to light a palace similar to the ones at Knossos and Festos (also built around 1900 B.C.). There is good information on site, and plenty to see, including archaeologists at work, since excavations are still continuing. The palace covered an area of about 9.000 sq. m. and many of the objects now on display in Heraklion's Archaeological Museum were found at Malia.
On the beach
Dolphin Watersports, on the main Malia beach, offers a wide range of watersports including jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, diving, banana, ringos, pedal boats and many more.