Malia - Crete
On the coastal road of Malia, 600m from the most famous beach of Malia and in the heart of the nightlife, lies the hotel unit Princess Irida. It is an ideal destination for those who wish to combine the intense nightlife entairtainment and the summer sun at the much-frequented golden beaches of the area.
Princess Irida consists of 63 3-star apartments, certified by EOT (Greek Tourist Organization), which can host two to four people.
It has a restaurant with Mediterranean, Italian and Mexican cuisine, two swimming-pools with comfortable, sunny spaces and a pool bar, open 24 hours a day.
At Princess Irida we have the intention to offer you unforgettable summer moments. That's why we have chosen all our partners with great caution. Thus, you can be certain to have at any moment the care you need.
Distance from the airport: 31.6km
Distance from the beach: 1.2km
Malia is located 37km east of Heraklion, on the way to Agios Nikolaos. The main road seems to divide the town in two, the old Malia at the foothill of Mount Selena and the newer part towards the shoreline.
You can get to Malia either by bus (there are frequent buses between Heraklion and Malia) or by car (to get to Malia by car, take the National Road east, towards Hersonissos and Agios Nikolaos. Malia is a 30min long drive.)
In Malia, you will find many apartments and studios for rent, both in coastal Malia and in the narrow streets of the old town. There are tavernas and restaurants on every corner of every street, of all typees and prices, for every taste.
There are also lots of car rental places in Malia.
There are even more on the beach road from Malia to Stalis itself, and of course, in Hersonissos, 8km to the west.
On the north side of the main road, lies the newer part of Malia, mainly consisting of hotels, apartments, restaurants and bars. Dimokratias Street, running north from the church of Agios Nektarios to the shore, is better known as the Malia Beach Road. What you see here is a complete different image of Malia compared to the old town. Filled with clubs, bars, cafes, English and Irish pubs and fast food joints, serving anything from souvlaki to pizzas.
Visit the old town of Malia behind the large church of Agios Nektarios. In the late afternoon, you can stroll through the narrow streets, admire the old houses and sit down for a meal at one of the restaurants bedecked with flowers and greenery. Some of these play live music.
Walk along the beach road to shop, have a coffee, eat or enjoy the nightlife.
At the crossroads, you can turn left to go to Stalis. Stalis and Malia were once quite far apart, but now the road between them is full of shops, restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars, so they seem to have joined into a large agglomeration. The road follows the coast and there are various beaches along it. Go and discover them!
Near the end of the Malia beach road, turn right (east) instead of left (west to Stalis). This road will take you out of Malia to the beautiful sandy beaches nearby, and then to the archaeological cite of Malia. The road is lined with restaurants, minimarkets and car rental shops.
If you want to be a bit more active, you can always visit the Malia Slides, a small waterpark, the Malia Soccer Center, the Kartland or the Crazy Golf, and the 18-hole mini golf course.
From Malia, there is a road up to teh picturesque village of Krassi, with its stream and fountain, huge plane tree and delicious food. The road continues past Krassi to the Monastery of Panagia Kera and the Lasithi Plateau with the Dikteon Cave, one of the two caves of Crete vying for the title of the birthplace of Zeus.