In the north of the beautiful territory of Crete, Malia is a small paradise by the sea, which offers great opportunities for all-inclusive stays. Perfect for families looking for a sunny destination or couples looking for an enchanted break.

  • But what is the weather like in Malia?
  • What to do in Malia?
  • Where to sleep in Malia Crete?

You are looking for“hotel Malia“,“Malia Crete beach” for several days? Crete Autrement offers you its travel guide dedicated to the Cretan seaside resort of Malia!

Where is Malia located in Crete?

Malia is located in the north of Crete, not far from Hersonissos, Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos.

  • Hersonissos – Malia : 13 min and 13 km distance
  • Heraklion – Malia : 31 min and 35 km distance
  • Agios Nikolaos – Malia : 30 min and 29 km
  • Agios Nikolaos – Malia : 29 km and 27 min

Note that Heraklion airport is served by all major French airports (Paris, Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux, Lille …).

Hotel Malia: where to sleep ?

Book your hotel in Malia Crete on the map

Malia being a particularly touristic city and Crete being an island with some of the best value for money in Europe in terms of hotels, discover and book your hotel in Malia on this map :

Our 1st best kept secret in Malia 💓: Vergina Studios & Apartments

Malia being a seaside resort, families, couples and groups of friends will find everything to sleep on the spot. Vacation clubs, apartments, villas, hotels…

To find your accommodation in Malia, Crete Autrement proposes you this superb hotel Malia Crete : book your stay at Vergina Studios & Apartments less than 500m from the beach of Malia!

Where to find a hotel in Malia?

Our 2nd best kept secret in Malia 💓: Ikaros Beach, Luxury & Resort

You can also book your holidays in Crete and Greece by staying at The Spa Ikaros Beach, Luxury & Resort Spa Hotel. Enjoy the beach, with your feet in the sand in Malia!

Luxury hotel in Malia

What to do in Malia in 2023?

1. Malia Crete: the city of celebration!

Malia’s popularity with vacationers is not just for its beautiful beaches, dazzling sunshine and luxurious accommodations.

Indeed, the city is known above all for its festive atmosphere, which lasts all season. Dance until dawn, under the light of the moon, with your feet in the sand and a cocktail in your hand. Along the coast, but also in the center, you will find many restaurants, bars and night clubs, open all night.

Of course, all-inclusive travelers are not the last to have fun. With all the entertainment organized in the vacation clubs, you won’t even have to leave your hotel to have a crazy night. Let the DJ come to you for a nightly pool party!

2. Explore the center and the Minoan Palace of Malia

In the heart of the city, between the pubs and restaurants, some wonderful buildings are hidden. You will have the opportunity to visit the church of Agios Nektarios, with its beautiful cream-colored facade. But don’t be fooled by its sober exterior, it is decorated with splendid colorful frescoes.

If the beach is reserved for parties, a few kilometers away, near the mountains, the atmosphere changes completely. Malia is home to one of the most important archaeological sites of Crete: the third largest Minoan palace on the island.

All around this ruin lie the remains of the ancient city. You will be able to observe in particular sublime jars of epoch, reconstituted from pieces discovered on the spot. To learn more about the history of the village and the Minoan civilization, do not hesitate to stop in the small museum that is located at the entrance. Thanks to the exposed models, you will be able to visualize clearly the monuments of which only the foundations remain today.

3. What to do around Malia?


If you are in Malia on an all-inclusive basis, you may be able to take advantage of a group transportation to one of the beautiful natural sites around. Otherwise, it is possible to rent motorcycles or bicycles to move freely!

4. The Roza Gorges

Less than 15 km away, you will find the beautiful Roza Gorge. It is a perfect place to try canyoning, or to go hiking. Beware, however, the terrain is steep and it is advisable to have a good level to launch yourself into the assault of these ravines.

5. Go to Dia Island: one of Crete most beautiful places!

If you feel like taking to the sea, take a boat to the charming island of Dia, for an afternoon of beach and relaxation. It is also an excellent diving spot where you can admire the sea bed teeming with life.

6. Amazonas Park

Finally, to discover the Cretan fauna, you can also opt for a trip to the Amazonas Park, which is about 20 minutes away by car. Here you can observe many local and exotic species. If you request it from the rescuers, you will even be able to interact with some of the animals!

Weather Malia: what is the weather like during the year ?

In Crete, the weather is generally mild throughout the year. But what about Malia, in the north of this mythical Greek island? Discover below the average temperatures in Malia from January to December!

9 à 15°
9à 16°
10 à 17°
12 à 20°
15 à 24°
19 à 27°
22 à 29°
22 à 29°
20 à 27°
17 à 24°
13 à 20°
11 à 17°

Beware, even if it is obviously the most crowded period of the year, the sea temperature in Malia will be milder from May to September, which leaves the opportunity to leave outside July and August:

  • June : 22° C
  • July : 24° C
  • August : 25° C
  • September: 24°.
  • October: 22° C

Malia Crete: what are your reviews?

Where to go in Crete?

Potamos Beach

Superb place, large white sandy beach a few kilometers from Malia, far from the bustle of the city


The Port of Malia

Small port with a slow activity during the off season but with a little charm despite everything. It’s not a must-see in the region but it’s a pretty nice place.


Malia Palace Archeaeological Site

We really don’t expect to find such a site near a city so popular with tourists! This site is really beautiful! I highly recommend it!