Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Malia

The city of British tourists

Malia (Greek: Μάλια) is a city that is one of the largest tourist centers in Crete. Every year, Malia experiences a real invasion of tourists - mainly young residents of England. A modest population of 3722 permanent residents in the summer season becomes a small percentage of the total number of people staying in this city. This amount of visitors obviously has a very positive impact on the economic aspects of this city and has a very large impact on the development of the tourism industry in Malia. One can not, however, forget about the cultural differences between the indigenous inhabitants and the very "relaxed" British youth, as this often resulted in frictions between the local community and tourists staying temporarily. At one time, these conflicts even caused protests of the inhabitants of Malia, who were tired of the behavior of British tourists.

Beach in Malia in the morning

Beach in Malia in the morning

Pros and cons

Young English begin their evening The beginning of the evening party

If you want to spend your holidays in Crete and take into account your stay in this city, it is worth taking into account these factors before starting the holidays. In particular, this will apply to stays carried out in hotels located in the center of this tourist center. Real life begins in this city only late in the evening and lasts practically until the morning, when many people end their day "full of attractions." Generalizing, it is a loud city, so if you are focused on an intense tour of Crete and want to rest at night it will be better if you look for a hotel in another town or one that will be located on the outskirts of Malia.

Malia is a town with an extremely extensive accommodation base. Even in the high season, there should be no problem finding vacancies. Many hotels are located directly on the beach and practically almost all have their own pools. Mali is also a very easy access to all service points, local tour agencies, souvenir shops and local specialties. Very important is also the large availability of taverns and bars, here everyone will find something to their own pocket and a lot of competition between the premises means that almost every order is rewarded with some giveaways. The only thing you need to get used to is a large number of beaters encouraging you to try the dishes in the premises in front of which they stand. Unfortunately, they are sometimes troublesome. A big plus is also a large number of car rental companies in which you can buy the freedom to explore the island.

History

The current subordination of Malia to the tourism industry may give many people the illusion of a short history of this city. But nothing more wrong, its roots date back to the Middle Bronze Age when in the nineteenth century BC a palace was built, which in the eighteenth century BC was rebuilt after the destruction caused by many archaeologists by the earthquake. Around 1420 BC it was burned, which led to the final collapse of this palace. The ruins discovered in 1915 by the Greek archaeologist Hadzidaki s and are the remains of the palace of this period. Since 1922, the site has been run by the French archaeological school École française d'Athènes .

Mockup of the palace in Malia

Mock-up of the palace in Malia

Location and access

Malia is located on the north coast in the central-eastern part of Crete. It is located roughly in the middle of the section of the New National Road (E75) dividing Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion . Currently, work is under way on a new section of the New National Road, so that after the extension the road will bypass the city center, which can not cope with the amount of traffic on this route. If you travel on the New National Road through Malia, it will be with a lotthe probability you will encounter traffic jams and traffic restrictions in this city. However, you will not be left alone to travel in a car, because it will be hard to find a better alternative route. We also warn about maintaining a large amount of distrust of people who are quad and scooters that are often encountered in this area. Sometimes these vehicles are driven by people who have a faint idea of ​​how to behave properly on the road and, what's worse, accustomed to left-sided traffic.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Malia
Malia

Malia

Information about one of the more known tourist cities of Crete, or about Malia. Description of attractions located in the city of Malia and a description of the specificity of this town.

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Kritsa
Kritsa

Kritsa

Kritsa is one of the largest villages in Crete. The village has a lot of shops with local crafts.

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Lasithi
Lasithi

Lasithi

The Lasithi Plateau is located about 70 kilometers from the capital of Crete - Heraklion. The average height at which the terrain of this plateau is located is 840 m above sea level.

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Dikte Cave
Dikte Cave

Dikte Cave

One of the tourist attractions eagerly visited by people spending their holidays in Crete is the Dikte (Psychro) cave. The main factors that attract people to this cave are a rich and varied dripstone robe and a close connection with mythology.

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Panagia Kera
Panagia Kera

Panagia Kera

Among the olive groves in the place called Logari, which is less than a kilometer from the village of Kritsa, there is a small Byzantine church of Panagia Kera from the 13th-14th centuries.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Gorge Ha
Gorge Ha

Gorge Ha

Most people crossing the route between Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra will definitely notice the large crack which is marked by the mountain located east of this road. This majestic geological creation called Ha was probably created as a result of an earthquake.

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Xerokambos
Xerokambos

Xerokambos

Xerokambos is a small settlement in which you will find literally several taverns, and most of the buildings are single-storey and one-story houses. The big advantage of this beach is a gentle sandy descent to the sea.

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Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a small town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. permanent residents (according to statistical data from 2001). This city is the capital of the Lasithi nomos.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Lato
Lato

Lato

The ancient city of the LATO can be found near the charming village of Krista near Agios Nikolaos.

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Gournia
Gournia

Gournia

It is recognized that Gournia was inhabited between 3000 BC. 1,200 BC and is one of the few cities unearthed to a large extent.

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Zakros
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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zakros
zakros

zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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Palace in Malia
Palace in Malia

Palace in Malia

The first palace was built around 1900 BC. in the place where there was a quite impressive settlement whose remains were later transformed into the central part of the city.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Mochlos
Mochlos

Mochlos

Mochlos is a small town located roughly halfway between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

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Vai
Vai

Vai

O Vai zrobiło się głośno, gdy w latach 70-tych na tle palmowego gaju nakręcono reklamę kokosowych batoników Bounty.

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Spinalonga
Spinalonga

Spinalonga

This inconspicuous little island located about 5 km from the center of Elounda is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Crete.

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Trypitos
Trypitos

Trypitos

When heavy equipment entered the promontory near Sitia, no one expected that this area contained the ruins of the Hellenic city.

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Richtis
Richtis

Richtis

The abundance of water and shade mean that even at the peak of the tourist season, this place is full of lush vegetation.

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Chamaizi
Chamaizi

Chamaizi

At the top of a cone-shaped hill called Souvloto Mouri, the remains of an unusual building with a unique oval shape were discovered.

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Moni Toplou Winery
Itanos
Itanos

Itanos

The ruins of the ancient city of Itanos are located at the eastern tip of Crete, less than 3 kilometers north of the famous palm beach of Vai. Although there are also nice beaches at Itanos, unlike its well-known neighbor, this place does not attract crowds. There are either accidental stray tourists or excavation enthusiasts here.

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Ierapetra
Ierapetra

Ierapetra

Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα) is the fourth largest city of Crete and also the largest town located in the Lassithi prefecture.

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Diaskari - Green Beach
Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari Beach, also known as Green Beach, is less than 3 km from Makry Gialos.

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Koufonissi - cruise to the island
Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi is a small island in the Libyan Sea, located just a stone's throw from the southern coast of Crete.

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Makry Gialos
Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos is one of the less-appreciated tourist destinations in Crete.

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Sitia
Sitia

Sitia

Less than 10,000 population of Sitia makes the city the smallest in Crete. Some even go a step further and say perversely that it is rather the largest village of Crete.

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Napoleon's house
Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house is one of the few typically tourist attractions in Ierapetra. About what could have happened here in the summer of 1798 and possibly how much in this legend is the truth we write in the article on the page below.

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Zakros and Kato Zakros
Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros is a small town on the east coast of Crete, less than 40 km south-east of Sitia.

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Malia - ulubione miejsce brytyjskiej młodzieży

hotel (Hermes) w porządku, morze i widok gór przepiękny - niestety nasz hotel znajduje się w odległości około 800 m od plaży. Normalnie lubimy spacery dlatego pomyśleliśmy  że 800 m to akurat przyjemny spacer. Do tej pory nad morzem byliśmy dwa razy -raz wybraliśmy marsz główną ulicą pełną tawern i kafejek (i wypożyczalni quadów) , dziś postanowiliśmy nadłożyć drogi aby pójść bezpieczniejszą drogą. Zarówno dziś jak i wczoraj byliśmy świadkami zdarzenia drogowego polegającego na wjechaniu przez młodych ludzi podróżujących quadem w zaparkowany NA CHODNIKU skuter. Odliczam dni do końca urlopu - Kreta to przepiękne miejsce ale Malii naprawdę nie polecam.

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