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Area information

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.

Access to Stalida

Regular public transportation is available, the bus stop few meters from DIAS Hotel.

Malia

Is a coastal town located 34 km west 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.

Facilities

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.

Access to Malia

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.

Access to Hersonissos

Regular public transportation is available for visiting Hersonissos.