Malia, a resort town located just 35km east of Heraklion, Crete, is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and the ancient Minoan palace, Malia Palace. It is no coincidence that the town has developed into a tourist destination; its beach is a 6km-long bay of fine sand and shallow waters, extending from Stalis to Malia. Here, one can find all kinds of beach-related comforts, from sun loungers and umbrellas to massage services, beachside gyms and bars at the hotel pools.
If a tranquil beach is what you’re after, head east beyond the port to Pirgos and Potamos. At Klotzani, the beach is overlooked by the Transfiguration of Christ chapel, a popular landmark in Malia. The beach is also home to some springs, which, according to tradition, provide fertility to childless women who bath in them.