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      14.04.2011 18:06
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      a great area for party animals but also a lot of local culture if you make the effort

      Crete is the largest of the Greek islands it is roughly 160 miles long and 37 miles wide (courtesy of wikipedia) and Malia is situated on the north coast.


      I chose to book a holiday to Crete as I liked the sound of the island and it fitted our budget at the time, I did not specifically choose to go to Malia; I guess I need to explain. The holiday was booked as a package holiday but was one that although I knew I was going to Crete I didn't actually know whereabouts I was going in the island or which hotel for that matter. This may seem like some peoples idea of hell I imagine, but I like a bit of an adventure now and again.

      The first I knew of where we were staying was when we got on the bus after landing. Not having really done much research on the specific towns/villages of Crete I was pleasantly surprised by the surrounding areas we went through on our bus trip. Everyone was in the same position as us and after seeing some fantastic and some somewhat suspect hotels, we were getting a little apprehensive!
      Our bus dropped us off at our hotel, about 30 minutes from the airport, with a few other tourists and to this I was very pleased - a very nice apartment within a hotel, situated a few minutes walk out of town.

      From our hotel we made our way through small roads which were just about accessible by car past some small corner shops. There were a few people milling around and everyone seemed pleasant and friendly. As we got nearer to what seemed like the main town area, we were hit by what appeared to be like the Blackpool strip type affair. All of the theme pubs and clubs seemed to be situated in this one long road and when you venture out at night you see why Malia has such an attraction to the student population. It is not on the realms of Ibiza by any means but it can get noisy and vibrant on a night time especially the weekend, this is a place to party all night if you want to. I don't mind this but I am not really a club holiday type of person so I was beginning to be a little disappointed. However.......
      If you make the effort to look between the theme bars you will spot some authentic Crete and Greek restaurants which serve the most amazing food. This road does lead down to a beach area which although said to be about 3 miles, it seems smaller as it does get quite crowed in places. It is very nice though golden sand, clear warm water and is not littered, often having locals playing with there children too. From here you can take advantage of the many water sports on offer or take a boat trip to surrounding islands, most of which you can book in the town via small kiosk offices.

      I do like to wander on my holidays and investigate places (I have never been a lie on the beach girl I get far to bored not to mention burnt!). If you take the time to walk out of the main street area and off onto the local roads there are some fantastic sunsets. We found a great walk which took us a couple of hours but we went past some banana growers and onto a bay area with a few boats docked, very quiet and relaxing.

      Moving out the other side of the long stretch is a small street area which has many authentic shops along with a few tourist ones. Here you can find some great bargains on lace items and toiletries made with olives. Olive oil is in abundance with many different mixtures of food items that I had not heard of at home, a great idea for gifts and trying out something new.
      Again exploring we diverted up a small side street and found ourselves heading out towards the hills going through a small local village. The locals were much more reserved up here and dressed in a more formal Greek way and although seemed a little bemused as to why we were wandering around up there, greeted us as we went past. This is where we discovered an amazing restaurant /pizzeria owned and ran by a local family it looked amazing. Set in a two storey court yard type house with pretty much all of the eating areas outside but covered by trellis with huge bright flowers which smelt glorious. The food did not disappoint either and because of this we found ourselves back there several nights to which the owner found fantastic making the effort to come to speak to us each night and having a drink. It is that sort of hospitality I wish that we had in this country!

      Crete has a lot to offer by means of trips out too, especially if you like archaeological trips, museums or gorge walks and they have some lovely churches that are accessible to the tourists.

      Overall, although Malia is often targeted to be the party hotspot (which it is), that is not all it is, if you take the time to explore just a little.

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        11.10.2010 14:58
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        fab place in the sun

        - Ooh ahh Malia-

        After a long hard working year, i managed to actually get a holiday! We didin't have a lot of money to spend so we surfed the net for a fairly cheap, sun holiday in September. Knowing all the kids would be back at school, going at this time gave us more opitions for our money. We had both booked off the same week 10th - 18th September, so two weeks before this, we aimed to book something. We came across the Thomas Cook website which was very helpful. Usually i find Thomas Cook quite expensive, but we found many amazing deals in this time period.

        I usually like a holiday with sun, sea and a good nightlife experience, so when i came across Malia in Crete it sounded the right place to go. A work collegue of mine had gone their a few weeks before and said it was amazing, so when i found that it would only cost us 300 pounds for the both of us to go there i was amazed.


        The next day instead of just booking it online we went to our local travel agents to make sure the deal was not false, as it sounded too good to be true. She looked up the holiday and said the price was right so we booked it then and there. This was only ten days before our flight date so i was so excited. We were told that Malia, was one of the new clubbing places to go which suited me just fine, as i love dancing and good nightlife. A few weeks ago before when my friend went there i had never heard of Malia, but it sounded great and i have been to Corfu, which is also a Greek island so knew it would be great.

        THE FACTS - Holiday deal, Crete Airport and the flight over


        For the price we paid, 280 pounds, our holiday included the flights and a weeks self catering at the resort of Yiannos Manos appartments. The flights were night time flights which made the price cheaper, but we are quite flexible so didn't mind. We set off from Gatwick on the 10th September to enjoy a weeks peace and relaxation.
        The resort of Malia is situated on the North East of the island of Crete, so you fly into Heraklion, which is the capital. This was only about half an hour from Malia which was good as i hate coach travelling. The airport is very small, on the way back we had to stay there for a few hours to wait for our flight home. The seating area itself is large with a separate smoking section, but there aren't enough seats when you have a few flights leaving near the same time, so many people including us sat on the floor. The food and drinks are also very pricey, but as we had some euros to use up we didn't mind.

        Anyway our outgoing flight was the worst. We flew from Gatwick South Terminal into Heraklion, and even though i have no complaints about Gatwaick, the flight out was bad. We flew with Monarch airways who i haven't flown with before but my boyfriend had. The plane was the oldest one i had seen, there was no room onboard making my tall boyfriend angry as he couldn't fit his legs behind the seat infront. There was no inlfight movie and we weren't even sat next to each other. This annoyed me as i don't fly to great so was nervous that i may feel ill and be sat next to strangers. I had no sleep during the whole flight. As i was sat on an aisle seat everytime i drifted off, the trolley cart would come past or the girl next to me wanted to get up, so when we landed 3 hours and 40 mins later, i wasn't in the best of moods.

        - Yiannos Manos Appartments-

        After finally getting to our resort two hours after we landed i was knackered. We were the last stop so it took ages to get there. By then it was light so i had no chance of getting sleep. The room
        Pictures of Malia, Crete
        Yiannos Manos appartments ..we had wasn't the biggest, but it was ok for two of us and what we paid for. It was pretty basic, like a studio flat,but very small. The rooms were well equipped with a shower, kitchen including fridge and cooker and a nice sized balcony. For the price we paid, we were really happy.The beds and kicthen were in one room but it was fine. We had mostly everything we needed except a kettle, which did annoy me a bit.
        Being the middle of September the season was nearing it's end for tourists so, i didn't expect everything to be at it's peak. The pool bar stayed open until the late, it did say it was suppose to be open until 2am, but on several occasions we were sat outside at 1am and it just shut up without telling us. It was pretty quiet on the resort on our last few nights so i can see why they didn't open all night. A added advantage to Yiannos Mannos was that it was in a good location. It was a ten minute walk from the centre so it wasn't too loud when we eventually got in, and there were many beaches to go to around it.

        What attracted me to this resort was that it had its own facilities rather than just being a block of appartments. On the site we had the pool bar, reception, two pools and internet access. It had it's own security at night so no locals could go anywhere near our rooms. Even though this was good, we also found it a negative as the security man wasn't all there and we had to make a complaint about him. One night when we got in around 5am, we approached him and he asked our room numbers. After we gave them, he said to keep the noise down which we did. We decided to go up to our friends room as she has a huge balcony, where we played cards for a while. After following us up, this man just walked in the room and said, 'I told you to keep it down'. I thought this was bad as he didn't even knock he jsut walked in. We thenfound out that he told the reception that our friend invited strangers into the resort. What an idiot!
        They provide good meals on the site which was open until 9pm. They were really nie and were alright prices and sizes. One negative i would say is that they only did main meals and breakfast. They did not sell crisps or snacks and had hardly any ice creams. They had a rule there that we were only allowed to eat what we brought from the bar around the pool, so we couldn't buy snacks or drinks from the shop and eat it at the pool. It was rather annoying.

        - Malia Town -
        At the height of the season, Malia in mid August is said to be very busy! so i was glad that we went in September. On the first night, we met two women who were on holiday by themselves so we got talking and the four of us decided to take a trip into the town for some drinks. The town was beyond what i thought it would be like. It was pretty busy, with many english staff and tourits. The temperature was about 30 degrees even though it had rained for two hours before we went out. The Strip (main town) was a 10 minute walk from our resort which was ok, but we rented a quad bike for a few days. There are many companies that do this and even though the reps tell you not to, we did. It cost around 10 euros a day and you have to fill the tank, which only came to 9 euors. They are handy to have as you can ride anywhere you want on any roads. I would advise if you get one to get helmets, for your own protection and someone on our resort got fined 400 euros for not wearing one ona main road!

        - The Strip -
        The main part of Malia town is known as 'The Strip' as most of the bars and clubs ran along one main road. There were bar after bar after club which gave you too much to choose from. Not that you get a choice most nights as when it reaches about 11pm, each place as its english group at the door waiting to pounce on you. The businesses are very clever. They have young girls in short skirts and young guys who approch the oppisite sex and lure them in their bars with great deals. Even though some times i found this annoying, we managed to bargain some good deals. This happened more often when we met three guys and they joined our group making it a group of 6 or 7 when we went out. They seem to approach bigger groups as they can get more money.

        The clubs and bars don't really get busy until about midnight, before this, it is very quiet and there aren't really any staff hassling you in. The evenings are warm, which i loved as i could go out in a dress or skirt and be warm enough. We usually went out about 9 if we wanted to get food somewhere else than the pool bar. It is quiet and pleasant at this time, so older couples and families tended to go out more then.
        The Strip is aimed at the young. Even the food places. Along your way of bars and clubs, they have a McDonalds open nearly all night, lots of bars that serve food and Dominoes. In daytime from experience, the Red Lion Pub was nice for good English food. They did sunday cravery and plenty of steaks, grills, pasta and pizza meals.

        Going in September was a perfect time to go in my it was busy at the start, busy enough to be a party, but not too busy and by the last wto nights it was pretty quiet, which was nice. Being out of season with less people, I found the staff friendly and a lot more comfortable, engaging you in more conversation.
        - Beaches-

        I am not really a beach person and won't spend all my time on a beach, but there were some lovely beaches. The nearest beach was about a 5-10 minute walk and it was known to be the quieter beach out of the lot. It looked very peaceful and we spent a hour or two there on one of the days. Everything there was relaxed, there was no music or busy sunbathers, or rows of sun beds just natural sea, sand and people chilling. The other beaches were on the end of the strip and were busy with bars and music. Sunbeds were on the dear side usually costing 5 euros a bed. Depending on what mood you are in, i thought it was nice to have such a mixture of beaches so close to you.

        - Saftey -

        The Gypsies
        As with a lot of countries, in Malia, there is a small problem with gypsies. Along the strip at night time there are lots of women and children trying to sell roses, hats and flashing necklaces. They aim for the drunk tourists and appear on the street trying to sell their products but you have to be very careful, and we were warned about them when we arrived in our rooms on the first night. They mostly consist of cute kids but they do short change you and they also try and take money from your pockets or steal your handbags. Several times the guys in our group had women at their pockets but being warned we stayed clear. I did buy a hat of one but i had my handbag tightly gripped under my arms and my boyfriend was stood next to me. Jamie my boyfriend also did not carry anything in his pockets except his fags. I kept his money in my bag so if they did try to get in his pockets nothing would be there. Be careful of them! The children are not always so polite as well. My friend dropped a 5 euro note and when she went to get it, one of them grabbed it. She grabbed his arm and got it back, but the child replied- 'suck my D***' to her. Charming!! He must have been about ten years old.


        - Best Places on The Strip -
        Candy Club- we went here on one of our last nights there. This was the night that by 4am it was only me and Jamie left and we didn't want to go back, so decided to go to a club to have a dance. It is known to be the most popular of the clubs and has many famour dj's play there. The club was really good offering 2 for 1 on drinks which was not bad. The music was amazing and i loved it. Even though we only spent about an hour or so there until it shut, we had a brilliant time. It was heaving, everyone decended on the club which is no suprise.

        Apollo Club- we went here one night in our group. They Played a mixture of RnB and dance, it's a good club to go to. There are lots of podiums with poles on them, which me and my friend found entertaining. The lads in our group including my boyfriend didn't seem to mind our dancing on the poles either lol The club is free to get in and mid season you will find they have guest acts like Twice as Nice and DJ Luck and MC Neat playing.
        Other places- Street bar. This was a good bar to chill at the start of the evening. They have a pool table and the staff are very friendly. We went there many times and made good conversations with the english girls behind the bar. The music was good and the deals was properly the best we had from anywhere else. For 5 euros we had a pint of any drink, i had sex on the beach cocktail but you could have anything you wanted. You also got 4 shots of your choice and 2 fishbowls between the group. I couldn't believe how much you got for that price, which would get you one drink back here on a night out!


        - SHOPS -
        The Strip also had many great shops in the daytime open as late as 9pm. There were many items to keep shoppers busy and there was even a shop selling fake designer bags, purses and perfumes. There are plenty of gifts to buy and one shop i loved was one where they sold natural foods, herbs and spices. You can test proucts you want to buy including local nuts.

        One major down side of Malia is that the mini supermarkets are so expensive! The food is really bad so would stick to bars and your local pool bar. Foods such as butter, jam, pastas and snacks are really bad so i wouldn't reccomend buying stuff there. I was very angry that on the last night when trying to waste time we walked to the top of the Strip and found a Spar shop. This huge supermarket was so cheap and sold drinks and snacks for little prices. My friend brought a huge bag of cheetoes for 50 cents. I was so annoyed we could have brought loads here on the first day and spent less money. So i will remember this if i go back!
        The food was quite reasonably priced though and In most places the prices for a main meal is usually about 8 euros.

        -TRIPS-

        As with most holidays, there are many day trips to go on. There were so many great places to visit that it was hard to choose from, but they are quite expensive. We went on two, which cost us 70 euros each.

        Watercity - Watercity was our first trip and is the islands biggest water park. It was an hours coach trip away, but the price covered the trip there and back, and also the entry fee. The park was pretty good with lots to do and see. I am not a huge fan of water parks, but a few lads from our resort went so when i had enough my boyfriend went off with them for a bit and i just sunbathed. There was a nice mixture of slides to go on and i especially enjoyed the ones with the dingies. Rating- 7/10.


        Chrissi Island- This is a deserted island to the south of Crete. The journey there was quite long consisting of an hours coach ride and a 40 minute boat trip, but it was worth it. The island was beautiful. White sand and brilliant blue, clear seas. A place for beach lovers and well worth a visit! Rating- 10/10.

        - THOUGHTS -

        Going out of season was a good idea and it is properly too busy in August. Most people there were the average age of 20-30, and i was suprised that there were many staying in our resort who came there by themselves. The atmosphere was friendly and the staff were funny and polite. It is a young resort, but there were several older people there as well, who just relaxed. The holiday was brilliant and it had everything i needed. I rate Malia- 9/10.

        website - www.malia.co.uk. For all the information you need.

        Thanks for reading Balckmagicstar4 - Oct 2010 xx

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          24.06.2010 20:00

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          Best time of my life !!

          Malia was the best holiday i have ever had hands down. If your looking for a holiday where you can relax during the day and party hard at night then i would strongly recommend you go.

          I went to malia in the september of 2009 towards the end of season. Usually places that have a club 18 to 30s feel about them are more targeted to groups of girls or lads, having said that that didnt stop me and my boyfriend from going and we had a great time.

          The beaches are beautiful, the people are lovely and the atmosphere is fantastic. We stayed in the old village part of malia which was about a ten minute walk to all the bars and nightclubs. So we didnt get loud noise when we wanted to sleep, even though we really didnt do much sleeping.

          Financially, malia is great as food and drinks are dirt cheap. Most places gave us 2 cocktails 2 shots and a fishbowl for five euro's so it didnt take long or cost alot to get leathered.

          The only down side was due to the time of year the weather was not that clever.

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          19.05.2010 17:20

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          Beautiful place, wonderful people, scenery is awesome... Bars are excellent, loads of cheap drinks....nightlife 5stars!! Only bar i would not recommend is DownTown Bar, not so good! Very rude owner, Kept screaming in the background....raised hes hands to one of hes british workers in front of us....glasses wernt clean, dead roaches outside, apart from that experience, Malia is the best location ive ever been to yet!!

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          Loved this holiday and would definitely go back!

          I went to Malia in July 2009 in a group with six other girls, we were all 18 and it was our first abroad trip. We all absolutely loved it.

          Clubs open til the early hours, bars open all the time and the beach full of people at any hour eager to come over and make conversation. A typical night in Malia was eating out at a restuarant about 8 or 9pm, then heading back to our hotel for some drinks, and then going to a bar at about 12 or 1 and then moving on to the clubs from about 3 am onwards until aobut 6 or 7 in the morning, where breakfast would be had at the local Subway or McDonalds! It was brilliant fun.

          I stayed in Drossia Palms, a brilliantly situated hotel right on the clubbing strip, next to a bar and opposie an English pub where dinner was eaten 5 out of 7 nights on our holiday!

          I would recommend Malia to anyone wanting to go on a clubbing holiday, not so much to families or people just after some quiet time away, you will not get this in Malia, well not where I stayed anyway.
          We went away on an 18-30s trip with Thomas Cook who were brilliant.

          Trip excursions were arranged through them and we had a brilliant rep. This was a great week away and I cannot wait to go back to Malia (hopefully) soon!

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          10.09.2009 13:50
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          Malia Crete

          Malia in Crete lies about 20 miles from the airport of Heraklion and was once an old fishing village.There aare great beaches to go to here argueably the best on the island. There are over 3 miles in total of beaches and there are all kinds of water sports which go on from jet skis to banana boats.

          There are hundreds of hotels and apartments to choose from in Malia. I have been here twice both with my friends and with my better half. the first year with my friends we stayed in apartments above a bar which were basic, with a pool but definitely not for younger fam,ilies or anyone wanting a quiet break as obviously music boomed out until after 6am. Which was fine for us as we were never in before then anyway! I believ these apartments were called Stellios apartments.

          The second accomodation that we stayed in apartments by thomas Cook gold. These were called Parthenis Palace Apartments. They were further away from the main bar street so that you could have a good nights sleep and enjoy a bit of a chill out during the day. thjese apartments are lovely clean and the pool is gorgeous. I also found the bar to great, quite cheap compared to outside the hotel and in high season it is open 24 hours! Although this hotel is a little further out so there weren't that many big groups of party goers in the bar til 8am!!

          At night in Malia , the endless supply of bars, discos and pubs that lead to the sea front, will ensure there's never a dull moment in this resort. Most of the clubs and bars are open until around 4-6am although there are some 24 hour bars as well! There are no huge clubs like in Ibiza but the ones that are there namely banans and Malibu are fantastic and play all kinds of music from dance and RnB to cheesy pop music. In 2006 as well we came across an Indie bar playing everything from Blur and Oasis to the Arctic Monkeys.

          The old town in Malia tends to be more quite, there are restaurants and picturesque scenery. I have to be honest I did not spend much time here as my holidays are normally about the pool the beach and then the nightlife! Though i did here from others that there are some fantastic traditional greek tavernas in the old town to visit.

          Overall i do think this destination is for younger groups and couples who want to go out and party the night away. I wouldn't recommend it for families however.

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            07.08.2009 17:35
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            I want to live there!

            Malia is an amazing place to go if you're young (or feel it!) and ready for a week or two of wild antics you will never forget!
            I went with three girls in August 2008, and we stayed in the Frixos Hotel and Apartments. Our flight was evening, and arrived at around 3am local time. I won't go into details about the hotel, that's for a different post really.
            We arrived on a Tuesday, and the constant partying left us knackered by the Friday, meaning we slept form 7pm until 10am the next day! Unfortunately we missed the foam party, but there was plenty else to do.
            The main strip is full of bars, restaurants and clubs, who al want your money! To be honest, we found it funny rather than annoying when we got carried into random clubs for free drinks! The first night, we were quite naive, and went out around 10, only to be told to come back at 1 when it gets a bit more lively. Don't expect to come back until around 6. The first round of drinks we bought was 4 for £5, but what we didn't realise was that this was for each person!
            Candy, Venue, Apollo and Loft are just a few on the great places we went to.
            The fantastic pizza slices sold on the way home are also cheap, and so tasty after a night out!
            The beaches get quite crowded with people on sunbeds are watersports but it's all part of the fun. People are constantly coming round offering food and drink which is nice.
            DEFINITELY make sure you take a trip to Watercity! It's an amazing waterpark, with really friendly staff and atmosphere. Our day there was probably the best one! You can have professional photos taken for £5 too, which are of good quality.
            We went on a booze cruise which was also a great day out. The boat took us to a more secluded are of the island, where we could have fun in the sea and on the rocky beach. A barbecue was also served. There was a lot fun and games onboard too which everyone could get involved in, along with a free cocktail.
            Malia was the best holiday ever, and I definitely recommend going there! You won't regret it! There's a lot of negative press surrounding Malia, but I think that's because it's not aimed at older people who prefer to spend their holidays relaxing, and have already grown up and had families!

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            Top holiday for anyone into clubbing!

            I visted Malia in August 2007 and would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking a quality clubbing holiday. Regarding Malia itself, I would advise against families visiting the destination as it is just not suitable, but rather geared much more towards your typical 18-30s.
            The area itself is okay, offering basic amenities and shopping facilities, as well as adequate entertainment and restaurants. Personally, we stayed in a decent hotel called the Hotel Mediterraneo between Malia and Hersonissos and whilst getting a taxi into Malia itself each night was a bit of a pain, the hotel was of a very good standard but that was the trade-off as generally hotles and accommodation within Malia is very basic. The hotel was all-inclusive and provided good meals and a range of drinks, although the choice of alcohol drink included was fairly limited, consisting only of local beers and spirits.
            Malia as a clubbing destination is really good, as a result of the main strip which incorporates a wide range of bars and clubs, all of which are free entry so are easy to come and go from without incurring any costs. The drinks were dirt cheap as well which is always a bonus and you could often negotiate drinks combos with the people who worked for the bars. eg. a beer, a spirit and mixer, a shot and a fishbowl for little more than 5 euros! You must negotiate with these people to get the best delas, although the bar representatives approach you in the street every 5 paces and that does get very frustrating. It is best to find your favourite bars and ignore the advances of other bars' reps unless they can get you an incredible deal!
            The variety of music played within the clubs is also fairly large and should cater to most people's needs incorporating, contemporary R'n'B, Hip-Hop, Dance and Garage.
            Overall, the place is great, didn't see a single cloud for the whole holiday and the nightlife is buzzing, and that is why I am returning with another group of friends this summer! However, you must have your wits about you and do your best to stay out of trouble because unfortunately fighting and arguments are fairly rife amongst such a large number of drunken youths!

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              Wicked place, buzzy and fun-loving

              I went to Malia last summer (september 2008) on a all-girls holiday. We stayed in the Stelio Gardens hotel in the heart of the town. It was 100m for the clubs, bars and restaurants and 200m from the beach. Despite being so close to all the action it was extremely quite during the days and the only noise heard at night were drunken guests finding their ways back to their rooms. Malia offered some great nights including a foam night at camelot for 15euros each. Not the best foam party but nevertheless it proved to be another successful night. There are tons of restaurants, bars and clubs, and because of this everything is really cheap as they are trying to beat their competitors. Don't be fooled by all the deals they offer though as often they try to rip you out of your money but watering down the alcohol. By mid week we had learnt the places to go and the places to avoid. The bar 'Road House' was probably the best as it lived up to it's promise of not letting us leave until we felt we had our moneys worth. The bars, clubs and restaurants are along a long road which forks, but all within close walking distance of one another. Apart from special themed nights there are no entry fees to clubs so you can easily wonder from one place to another all night long trying to find the best spot. Everyone is out to have a good laugh and the atmosphere is really friendly and easy going. The negatives are the fact some places do water down their spirits and that the PRs are constantly trying to get you to go into their club/bar/restaurant. The beach was alright for the type of holiday it was, the further you go down the beach the nicer the sea and beach is and the less crowded it is.

              Overall I had an amazing time and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a week of laughs. I did come back exhausted, so don't go if you want a nice relaxing holiday!

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              its an 18-30s holiday!

              I went to Malia (which is in the greek island of Crete) in 2005 with three of my friends, it was exciting as this was the first time we had all ever been abroad on our own! It was a very cheap holiday only £205 each, which for two weeks we classed as a bargain I think it was also cheaper because it was the middle of september that we went.

              We stopped at a hotel called the Bella Elena and before arriving here we were slightly worried that it would be miels from the main strip with all the bars and clubs, however we couldn't have been more wrong as we soon realised on the first night out we were only 5 minutes from it, and so it was easy enough to walk to and from the clubs each night.

              Malia is mainly about sunbathing/water sports during the day and then clubbing on the night, and for 18-30 year olds it is a great holiday to go on with your friends.

              There are plenty of beaches to choose from and they are some of the best that I have been to, as thery are big and there are food places to go to as well as activities to do. However the one slight drawback is that the beaches can become quite squashed as the day goes on and more and more people venture down to the beach to recover from hangovers. So you may find that they become quite crowded with sunbeds etc.

              One thing which was slightly annoying with Malia we personaly found was the lack of choice when it came to eating out on the night. It seems that Malia thinks the young people who go out here are not to bothered about eating any half decent meals, and we struggled to find any decent restaurant, as most where kebabs or other fast food outlets. We did find two one right at the top of the main strip which served english style pub food and a greek restaurant which was closer to our restaurant, this one was only found though when on the last day we were wondering around to pass the time before the coach came. So if you like being able to go out to nice restaurants this definately wont be the place for you!

              The weather was lovely while we were there considering it was almost the end of the season and only one day did we have rain we was heavy but only lasted half a day. The other 13 days were hot, hot, hot!

              Malia is not for families or those wanting to have a quiet relaxing time, it's for those who want to go clubbing and have a bit of fun, as the night time can become quite rowdy, but if you just want some fun with your mates then go!

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                If you like clubbing - go Malia!

                I went to Malia in the summer of 08 with 4 other friends after finishing my final year of university. We found a "bargain" deal which was £235 for a return ticket, bed & breakfast "4 star hotel". Even though me and my friends booked the holiday 2 months before departing I wasn't overly excited about it until I actually landed there. We stayed at the Malia Sol, which in all honesty was a below average hotel and not a 4 star one, but from the other hotels I saw there are many better ones. In any case the main reason we choose this hotel was because it was situated 20 seconds from the main strip where all the bars, clubs and restaurants were.

                Malia is not all that big. Almost all the tourist attractions are down one main strip, especially for those primarily out there for night life. There are numerous beaches around that you can go to as well. You can do water sports such as parasailing and jet-skiing for around 40 euros. Sun beds are provided, there are table tennis, pool tables etc all that can be used on an unlimited basis at a rate of 15 euros. On special nights there may be barbecues. So there are plenty of activities to do at the available at beach.

                I would highly recommend renting out buggies or quad bikes. They are safe, can be cheap if you haggle the sales people and are EXTREMELY fun. Petrol is cheap and a full tank would last one/two days. We took them out of Malia when exploring cause there is a lot to see and do once you get bored of the beach. In some parts you may find dirt tracks where you can use them to just have fun and race.

                Even though we were in Greece, traditional Greek food was hard to come by. The marjority of the cuisine is just English food. Apart from one evening when our hotel was doing "Greek food night" we never really found anywhere else that served it, unless we went out of Malia. If you do find a place that cooks Greek food, try it because most of it is very good (from what I have tasted!). Veggies may find there selection limited to the supermarket, chips and veggie pizzas! Most of the pubs and restaurants provide some good deals. About 3 days in we realised the best place to get dinner from is a place called "The Loft". Since the European Championships were on at the time it was the perfect place to dine and watch the football.

                It is true - Malia is a clubbing venue. Along the main strip there are probably around 12-15 clubs, but only 4-5 are really good. The great thing was, if we got bored at any time in one club we could get into any other one for free (no entrance fees). One problem people may find is that there are usually hot girls outside each club trying to persuade you to come into their one and sometimes they can be relentless in doing so! Be warned, they use tactics like offering you 5 drinks each for 5 ppl for 5 euros....this may sound great, but you will find that some drinks are watered down and some others like "fish bowls" (tastes like a fruit cocktail) can make you ill. With that being said its not always the case. I'd recommend the following clubs and bars: Candy, Apollo, Banana and Malibu.

                Through our hotel we were able to get a discount on a number of activities such as safaris and water parks. There are a few water parks around the island but the one we went to (Aqua land) was really good and you can spend all day there.

                In terms of Malia's historical significance I didn't learn anything but never tried because I was too busy having fun!

                Finally, the people out there are great! Everyone is very friendly and willing to make new friends from the hotel owners, workers at the bars to the other tourists.

                By the way, I went to Malia for my 21st birthday and really do believe it was the best time ever!

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                  A really good holiday resort for young people

                  Malia is great for getting drunk and lazing around

                  I have travelled to Malia twice, once with family and once with friends. Malia is situated within Crete , a greek island and is around 4 hours away on a aeroplane from the UK.

                  On the first occasion travelling here the currency was Drachmas, which was very confusing, now its a Euro its much easier.

                  Malia itself has a beach and a large strip of clubs. The clubs are on a long road which is shaped in a Y. At the bottom of the strip there is a McDonalds, and this is a great place to finish your night. When i was at Malia the drinks and food were soo cheap.. Me and my friends got a really large pizza from this resturant for 5 Euros, and in some bars is was 5Euros for drinks all night unlimited ammount for FREE, this included shots and any drink you like, for men it was 10 Euro's, not sure why, but it was. There was a bucking bronko in the middle of the strip which was great fun, i could never last more than 2 minutes and many great bars including the 'newcastle bar' decorated in the newcastle united strip. There is a great club, where a foam party is held, but beware this is really dangerous, tiled floors...yes tilled floors and a massive ammount of foam... many peple hurt themselves, including me as the toilets were own TILED STAIRS.. (don't ask lol)

                  Malia itself is really good fun, great for young people/. If you travel to Stallis down the road it is a much quieter resort with nice friendly relaxing bars, Malia is much more upbeat.

                  The hotels throughout Crete are really basic so don't expect too much when you arrive

                  Have fun xxx

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                    Malia the place to be

                    Well I finally have enough time to write a review on Malia, a small island in Crete, Greece. I visited Malia this summer with my friends and found it to be one of the most exciting yet laid back cities in Europe. I hope to share my experiences of Malia to the Ciao community.

                    Brief History:

                    Malia is located on the Greek Island of Crete, 34km west of Heraklion, the largest city and capital of Crete. Most of the buildings and ruins found in Crete are from the Bronze Age, making Crete an ancient city with a huge historical background.

                    Booking the Holiday:

                    I and my friend’s had decided to go to Malia some time back, however had yet to book it. In normal circumstances we would have booked the holiday months in advance, however due to lack of communication and laziness we left it to the last minute. Having looked throughout the internet, our best bet was to go to a local tour operator to see if we could get a last minute deal.
                    We decided to book through Thomas Cook, and found flights for early June. We paid a total of £320 per person for one week, which included flights, transfers and accommodation. Obviously we could have got a much cheaper price, but due to last minute booking we had to settle for this. We were told we would be travelling with Excel Airways, a low budget carrier, much like that of Easy Jet or Ryan air.

                    The Tour operator booked us with the 18- 30 rep group. For those who don’t know who 18- 30 are, they are perhaps the biggest reps. You can book your holiday direct from the 18- 30 website; (www.club18-30.com), however it tends to work out more expensive than your local tour operators.

                    • Quick Note the tour operator’s ask if you would like to have an in flight meal at a cost of £20, say no. When we were on the plane, we were told that food is distributed to passengers regardless of if they have paid of not.

                    Airports & Flights:

                    We were fortunate to fly from Gatwick South Terminal on an early flight, which meant we would have more than enough time in Malia. As stated our airliner was Excel Airways. The flight lasted almost four hours, and their was a lot of tossing and turning, but taking into consideration the fact it was a low cost carrier we were happy as long as it took us from A to B.
                    After four hours, we landed at Heraklion Airport, Crete. For an airport that generates thousands of people each year it was relatively small. The staffs were rude and not very helpful, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
                    Once you leave the airport you are greeted by club reps. we looked for the club 18 -30 reps, who helped us load our baggage onto the coach and took us to our hotel. The coach ride lasted approximately 40 minutes, but that was more than enough time to take in the beautiful views. The clear crystal blue sky, the palm trees, the dessert floor all adds excitement over the fact that you are actually on holiday. Once the 40 minutes were up we finally arrived at our hotel, (VILLAGE OASIS).

                    Village Oasis:

                    Village Oasis is a family run complex, which is situated 15 minutes away from the main strip. This was great as we were not to close to hear the nigh life, but also within walking distance from clubs, pubs and bars. Before we had a chance to unpack we were greeted by one of the group reps, who took us to our hotel for a quick briefing. It is their that the whole selling part starts. The Reps will try to sell you tickets to events etc throughout the week. I would encourage people to buy maybe two or three events, but no more. Remember you’re just as capable of finding your own way around the town without having to pay for it. These Reps work on commission so they will try to press you, but don’t be scared to say no.

                    Ok now back to the hotel complex, we shared three rooms between us, all of which had the basic facilities one would expect. A toilet and shower, kitchen with fridge, gas powered cooker and kettle. The complex also had a brilliant swimming pool which was open from 9am to 9pm, if you stay here its best to get to the pool early in the morning or at 8am at night, as less people use them during this time. We also had a pool table, a bar and restaurant area, a small internet café, which charged 1 Euro for 20 minutes and a small arcade area, with games like pro evolution soccer.

                    A few quick notes about the complex and infact most complexes in Malia.
                    - They charge you for your safe keys, which you cannot get back at the end of your stay
                    - They have a detailed damage list, which you will find in your room, in the case of you breaking or damaging anything they will charge you ridiculous amounts. E.g. 30 Euros for a frying pan. A tip, if you break anything from the kitchen, go to the local supermarket were you can pick up a replacement for around 5 Euros, trust me we done the same.
                    - Finally in the likely hood of you brining back a male or female companion to your room, hotels and apartments will charge you a fee of anything from 30 to 50 Euros. Something to do with tax law, but very silly, so just keep that in mind.

                    Now even though most of my holiday involved drinking, we still had time to do some daytime activities.

                    - In Malia there is a Go Kart track called Kartland, run by a Greek women who is married to an English man. The prices differ depending on how long you drive for. Either it’s 15 Euros for 10 minutes of 20 Euros for 15 minutes, however we done some haggling and managed to get 20 minutes for 20 Euros, which is much cheaper than the rates on England. There are however a few things you should no, first although they provide helmets, the go karts don’t have any seat belts and thus you could fly about; this is a risk, which you will have to take if you choose to take part. Secondly always ask to drive with your mates, we saw some scary drivers, and thus waited till they finished before we had our go. It’s a great fun and I would recommend it to people who like these types of activities. If go karting is not your cup of teas, there is a paintball ranch next door, give that a go.

                    - The beach is beautiful, as it gives you a chance to soak up the sun and the view are brilliant, however one major problem is that it gets very busy. Your best bet is to get their early. The sun beds can be rented for about 2 Euros. Apart from sunbathing and sleeping on the beach, there are also tons of water activities that you could take part in. I and my friends took part in Jet skiing for about 30 Euros, but other activities include banana boat riding, paragliding and speed boat cruses. All activities come with the suitable safety equipment so not to worry their.

                    - There is a small crazy golf course right in the middle of the strip. It’s a nice place to come and relax and simply chill out with the mates and have a bit of fun. 18 holes will set you back 4 Euros, however prices may have now changed.

                    - There is also a trams service that runs from the town, which takes you around the island, this is defiantly worth a try, and it may sound boring, but for only 5 Euros you get to see everything and chances are you will even find new bars and clubs that you never knew existed. It also gives you a chance to take a scenic view.

                    Quick guide to Mopeds and Quads:

                    The first thing you will notice when in Malia is hundreds of people on quads and mopeds. It may seem like a quick mode of transportation, but be advised there are some serious repercussions with renting them. The Sellers will say you are covered on their insurance, but don’t be fooled because you aren’t, if you crash or damage the moped or quad they will charge you the full whack. Our rep was telling us how the week before we came; a boy crashed his quad and was charged 4000 Euros to repair it. We also witnessed an accident between a quad and moped, so at the end of the day the risk is yours, if you have a deep pocket then by all means try it. But im giving you the same advice the reps will give you.

                    Nightlife:

                    This is the part of the review, which I feel I will enjoy writing about. We spent almost every night at a different bar, and it was great fun. Malia has a lot to offer in term of nightlife, they cater for everyone, with different types of music, drinks and atmosphere. Now one thing you will notice is that their will be people trying to encourage you to enter every club along the way, my view is there’s no harm, almost every pub, club has a free entry policy and your always welcome to come and go.
                    Banana club is defiantly a club that everyone should visit, its lively atmosphere, cheap drinks and great music makes it one of the places to be. They always have special offers, which vary depending on they day of the week, but your bound to get a good deal.

                    Newcastle bar is another club, which one should check out. Again lively music, a good crowd and cheap drinking flowing all night. Other clubs include Malibu, Sugar and Camelot Castle club (The only one were they charge to get in).

                    If clubs are not your cup of teas, and you want something a bit more quite, there are several bars, which cater to a more relaxed crowd. Nice deco seating, chilled out music and quite atmosphere make them a place to be if you have had enough of a crazy night. Lush Bar is defiantly my recommendation, located rite in the middle of the strip, its always chilled out and relaxing, no trouble and people just sitting down having a nice chat with one another.

                    Drinks & Prices:

                    Well I could go on and on about this section, you don’t have to take my word for how many different types of drinks they have. From straight vodka shots, to jelly shots to fishbowls everything is a must when on holiday in Malia.
                    The must is a fishbowl, which is basically what it says. A big fish bowl, packed with vodka and fruit juice, this is the type of drink which will normally set you back any where from 15 to 40 Euros and usually caters for about 8 people. So I would defiantly recommend this drink.
                    I always found that beer was slightly on the expensive side compared to vodka and spirits. If you are a bear lover I would recommend by bear from the supermarket and having it at the hotel, or just bring it with you and drink it on the street, as far as drinking on the street anything goes, just don’t bring it into the clubs and bars.

                    Prices vary depending on the bar and or club you go to. Usually most places will have the famous by one get four free, with one drink setting you back around 5 Euros, and this is again worth it. A note most spirit drinks and watered down, hence the cheapness of them, but they still do the same as normal drinks I feel. Secondly the bar person tends to fill drinks with huge amounts of ice, so just tell them to calm down with the ice or simply don’t put any in, that way you get more of the drink.

                    Food:

                    Well Malia has a huge variety of cuisine that you could go for. There are traditional Greek Restaurants, which you should defiantly check out, as they always out on good shows, i.e. plate throwing and street fires with dancers dancing in the middle. There is also an Indian and Chinese restaurant and well as a Mexican restaurant. If you go to these places expect to pay a bit extra, but its worth it. If the though of expensive food has driving you away don’t worry, there is also a McDonalds, Subway, Domino’s, local kebab shops…… should I go on. Food is not a problem in Malia; I suppose its all down to one’s taste and preference.
                    Alternatively if you are doing self catering like we did, it would work out cheaper if you paid a visit to the local supermarket. The biggest and cheapest in Malia was Spar Supermarket, which has a greater choice that any tesco or asda in London.

                    Things Tourists should watch out for:

                    - Street Children: During the night you will be accustom to seeing street children selling whistles, and party gear, although they may seem cheap, there is a deeper meaning. Whilst one child persuades you to buy the goods, another will be trying to pick pocket you, so be very careful, always stay in a group.
                    - Malia Touts: These again you will see night after night, they will grab you by the hand and try to lure you into a club or bar or event, best bet is to just walk away, again staying in a group often enough discourages touts to prey on you.
                    - Finally the Malia police who ask anyone who’s been to Malia, have a reputation for being a bunch of no braining, arrogant idiots. They love preying on tourists, especially the one’s who are drunk, so again be careful and just don’t get into trouble.

                    Money Exchange: It’s a best bet that you should generally get your money exchanged at home before you go on holiday as it saves you the hassle to doing it when on holiday. In the event that you forget to change your money, there are several money exchange shops that will exchange money for you, and in most cases you will get a better rate than any Marks and Spencer’s.

                    Quick Notes:
                    - The time difference is GMT +2
                    - Always carry insurance
                    - Never carry passports with you, keep them somewhere safe
                    - Stay in a group, its just more safer that way

                    Remember Malia isn’t just about drinking; there are things and places to see during the day, which I would recommend.

                    Useful links:

                    www.malia.co.uk
                    www.club18-30.com
                    www.tomascook.com

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                      Gr8 for the Clubbing scene, meeting crazy happy ravers and dining at restaurants for cheap.

                      I went Malia August 05. Had an exceptionally good time. It was my first visit out there as I always go Ayia Napa but I wanted a change this year, and a good decision is was too.

                      The raving scene is 'NUTZ'. My favourites clubs/ bars were (my bias being that I love RNB, Hip Hop, Grime, House and Garage, Dance reggaeton, Dancehall) Yiassou bar (best scenery ever, consists of palm trees and a water fountain made of of a huge champs. bottle and glass) Club 69, wicked staff inside 'Big Up Nutsie, Remo, Prestige and the Bar workers and Security). Malibu club & bar (dished out the tunes), Castle club, Paprika (wonderful architecture)and Havana (sharpened up on my pole dancing).The beach I felt wasnt that gr8, but the good music playing in the back made up for it.

                      The amount of deaths on quad bikes during the season and scams by bike hirers, is an area to stay well away from as it can totally ruin ones holiday. But if you like taking risk then go ahead.......haha. If your confident enough you can always blag a ride but BE CAREFUl, know how to handle yourself.

                      Petrinos, will bang the tunes away till the morning, very very very loud music in there, especailly if youve been to the other bars and clubs beforehand.


                      Many gr8 restaurants. I miss the Souvlaki's (kebab), from the shop very near the BP garage with the tires. The souvlaki is so cheap yet tasy and filling. ANd the burger form the burger joint in the strip you cant miss it.

                      All in all, its Not a case of 'Wish you were here' but rather Wish I was there.'

                      ADVICE: if your going out in a group, have a theme night its so much fun!!!!!!!!!! And if possible visit Hersonissis, suppose to be another good place to rave but expensive

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                        I went to Malia last year for a girly holiday, and I thought I'd share my time there with you. ~*~IN GENERAL~*~ Crete is approximately 100 miles away from the mainland of Greece. Create is about 150 miles across and 50 miles wide, and is the largest Greek island. The Euro is now used in Greece instead of the Drachma, and therefore prices have increased quite dramatically. Quite obviously the main language spoke in Greece, is Greek, although the shopkeepers and suchlike are usually quite good at giving English a go. The land in Crete is pretty mountainous, and from most places you are able to see the pretty picturesque mountains and hills. The capital of Crete is Heraklion (which is also where the main airport if situated). Crete is full of tourists, but there further you get away from the main roads and busy towns, the more traditional it all seems. You can still see the Greeks tending to crops and working in the fields in certain areas. The northern side of Crete caters for more tourists, where the southern side is much more quiet and provides a better view of traditional Greek life. ~*~MALIA~*~ Malia is often compared to resorts like Ibiza, Falaraki and Ayia Napa. It has an extremely busy nightlife, and isn’t for the faint hearted. Malia is one of Crete’s busiest tourist resorts, although it’s not really somewhere I would suggest for couples of families with children. Malia has many things to do during the day and many more to do at night!! ~*~TRAVELLING~*~ We flew with Golden sun from Newcastle airport at 6:35pm, and we arrived at Heraklion airport at 12:30am their time. There is a two hour increase in time over in Greece than in the UK. Our flight was fine, no problems at all, there was no delays and everything ran smoothly. We collected our baggage at the other end, and boarded the coach which was going to drop us at our apartment. It was dark, as it was about 3am in the morning when we got there. Ou
                        r apartment was down quite a dark quite road so we decided not to venture out until the following day, so we unpacked our cases and had an early night! ~*~ACCOMODATION~*~ The apartments we stayed in were called Michalis Apartments. They were situated about 10 minutes walk away from Beach Road (where all the pubs and clubs are). Golden Sun had never used Michalis Apartments before, so they couldn’t tell us anything about it. We didn’t have a pool, but there was a lovely pool just over the road and the Yannis Manos Apartments which we used. The block of apartments we stayed in had 8 individual apartments all built into one block. The apartments didn’t have a reception and there was no one to greet us when we arrived, although it was 3am. The owners of the hotel spoke no English, we found the man quite intrusive and irritating. On the first few nights back, he waited up on his balcony until we got in. We were warned on the first day that there was a 50euro charge if we brought anyone back. One day we were actually sitting in the apartment with two blokes, we were actually eating pasta and playing cards ( and that’s the truth) and the man barged into the apartment, shouting “no sex, no sex!” It was so embarrassing, wouldn’t have been as bad if there was anything funny going on, but there wasn’t!! The apartments were clean but very basic, we had our sheets changed once, and new towels once, but in the second week the cleaner pinched the towels and never gave us any more back. During our stay the smoke alarm fell off the wall, and we explained to the man (well tried to) and we were told he would fix it, it was still broken when we left! It was all quite strange and our little toilet bin wasn’t changed by the cleaners, so we did it ourselves. We had a fridge, two single beds, with about a foot between them, a cupboard with some drawers underneath, some cupboards, 2 of each type of cutlery and plates etc. We
                        had a little hot plate type thing to cook on and a kettle. Everything was quite clean. We didn’t have air conditioning, but the room was cool, as the sun was at the back of the apartments, we also had two large windows that let a nice cool breeze through. If I were to go back to Malia I would stay closer to the strip (Beach Road) there are many apartments closer to the centre of town, which are clean, and have their own pools, although they are much noisier. The Galini, Philixenia II, The Fanorakis are some that I would suggest. There are also much posher hotels and apartments in the Old Town of Malia. It cost us £310 SC for 2 weeks holiday in Malia, which wasn’t particularly cheap, as we met people who were staying right in the centre, and they had only paid £250 and they had their own pool. ~*~DURING THE DAY~*~ Whilst we were there, we didn’t do a huge amount during the day. We slept in quite late, believe me you will need it, if you roll in at 7am like we did! After a nice lie in, the best thing to do is sunbathe, have a wander to find where you prefer. Most hotels let anyone into the pools during the day, do just have a wander and see where you fancy. There are many water sports and suchlike that you can try on the beach. There’s jet skis, and the banana boat which you can try for a fee. There are plenty of pools bars that you can have a look round, most pools have their own bars and you can also order food. If you fancy the beach, there’s the same down there. There is plenty to keep you entertained. If you fancy something a bit more adventurous then you could try one of the excursions that are offered in many little shops all over Malia. There are often special offers on, so if you pay for 2 you can get a 3rd free. We only went on one excursion, and that was to the water park. To be honest I didn’t think it was worth the money. You can also hire scooters, quads and cars out for the day, the week, or the
                        fortnight. The more days you hire them for, the cheaper it is. We hired two quads out for 4 days and it cost us 100euros each. The petrol is quite cheap and you don’t really use that much. Be warned though! BE CAREFUL! It’s pretty dangerous driving in Malia, everyone drives quite erratically. We didn’t have to show any driving licences or passports when we hired out our scooters. One piece of advice I will give you, is make sure you get fully comprehensive insurance when you hire anything, there is often quite a difference in the prices, but if you don’t the Greeks have been known to follow you back to your apartments and damage your scooters, and then you’re liable to pay for the entire scooter, which can cost you a fortune. We were warned about this by some of the workers. Getting out and about is much easier on a scooter or a quad, we certainly missed ours when we gave them back. If you’re a bit apprehensive about driving in a foreign country you can always stick with the guided tours and excursions that are really easy to book. ~*~EATING OUT~*~ There are many different places to eat out in Malia. Most restaurants offer English and Greek food. There are plenty of traditional style pubs with typical pub food, and a couple of smart little restaurants. The Red Lion – It’s a typical English style pub, with football on in the background during the day. It offers breakfasts all day long and ‘normal’ food all day. Like chips and burgers. The prices are quite good, and you will pay about 3,50 euros from a large English breakfast. Brassiere – This is a gorgeous restaurant situated over the road from Macdonald’s on the crossroads at Beach Road. It offers a wide range of foods. If you go, you have to try the mussels for a starter, they’re fantastic, the best I have ever tasted! It cost us about 32 euros for a 2 course meal and a drink each. MacdonaldR
                        17;s! – Malia has a 24 hour Macdonald’s it’s always busy and get extremely packed when the pubs and clubs are shutting. It cost 4 euros for 2 cheeseburgers and a bag of fries. The chicken burgers in Malia are round, not oval shaped!! We also went to a lovely Indian at the bottom of Beach Road, but I can’t remember the name, it was very nice but expensive. There’s also a few nice little restaurants along the road into the Old town, towards Stallis, thee’s a great one that does cheap breakfast, that are gorgeous! The people are lovely, and there’s a gorgeous English bloke works behind the bar! There are plenty of different places in Malia that suit anyone, lots of different things to try. There’s a 24 hour bar at the bottom of the road where we were staying, it’s called Tilly’s and they’re so nice and friendly in there. They also serve lovely breakfasts and stuffed French toast!! – Yummy! There are plenty of nice places to eat in Malia, as you’re walking down the streets you will be dragged in by the people promoting the restaurants, don’t feel pressurised, if you don’t fancy it, don’t go in! ~*~THE NIGHTLIFE~*~ This is one of the main reasons we chose to go to Malia for a holiday. We had heard about how crazy it is and decided we quite fancied giving it a go. The night life is great. Malia isn’t the place to go if you don’t like a drink though. It’s best to go out about 10:30pm, any earlier and there’s still tourists roaming the streets and not everywhere is open. We started our nights in a smallish 24 hour bar called Tilly’s which was on the corner from our apartments. It is supposed to be the cheapest bar in Malia.It is also advisable to have a few drinks in your apartment before you go out. After Tilly’s we walked along the road to the strip (Beach Road). Upon reaching the first bar, you see the
                        PR people trying to drag you in. They will try anything, sweet talking you, lifting you up, offering more free drinks. There’s a great little bar just before you turn onto Beach Road called Downtown. It’s opposite the Galini apartments. It’s buy one get one free all night. We spent loads of time in here, and got on really well with the people, the nicer you are the more free drinks you get. You will also be given free shots in most pubs and clubs, although they’re quite weak. Moving up around the corner, there’s Roadhouse. You can sit down and chill outside for a bit and watch everyone go past, moving on from there, there’s Babylon. When someone tries to drag you into a pub, make sure you don’t go in straight away, tell them you’re not sure. They will offer you more free drinks to get you in. One pub we went in, we got buy one get one free on spirits and a mixer, and we were also given 4 free shots each and a free cocktail! It’s worth hanging about a bit outside and seeing what you can get. Cloud 9 offers bottles of champagne if you’re in a large group, although it tastes quite disgusting! There’s Corkers which is also somewhere good to pop in. They give you lots of stickers, many times I woke up covered in them! Premier bar is a god place to head to after you’ve had a few as the karoke is on in the corner, you just make your request and wait about until they play it, some nights it’s extremely busy and other nights it can be quite empty. Cheeky ½ is somewhere else that gets pretty busy and you can get quite squashed, but I like that sort of thing! Exodus is somewhere I ended up quite a bit, being dragged around, talking the dodgy geezer, but that’s another story. The toilets in Exodus were always a bit minging, even early on in the night. Galaxy Bar is right at the top of the strip, just before you get onto the Main Road. We met Dillon from ther
                        e, and he was lovely, came for a drink with us in Downtown, where he met his roommate Dangerous Dave (don’t ask). We headed for the Newcastle Bar at the start of the holiday and visited it most nights. Most Geordies and North Easterners head there, so we met quite a few people from back home. Try their Orgasam Cocktails, they’re truly amazing!! There’s loads of bars but the above are a few of my favourites. After the pubs there’s a good few clubs to try. There’s Apollo, but I found there to be quite a few sleazy Greek men in here, but it was still a good laugh. Club UK is just so English. It’s all hardcore ravers and stuff. It has foam squirting out most nights, and lots of smoke. It reminded me of the clubs at home. When it starts to get later, you can head off to Spice, we went with a lot of the workers and ended up paying 1euro for any sort of drink, which was great! Then there’s Las Vegas at the bottom, it’s where most of the workers head after finishing for the night. The pubs and clubs in Malia are open until 4am during the week and 6am at a weekend. There are also a couple of 24 hour bars, Petrino’s was the best. We were never home before 7am the next morning during our stay! ~*~AFTER HOURS~*~ After the pubs have shut, a lot of people head down to the beach. You see so many people skinny dipping, and just crashed out on the sun loungers. You’re also quite likely to see a lot of people having sex. The majority of the hotels and apartments in Malia don’t allow guests back at night, so you are quite likely to see people at it everywhere you turn. The Philixenia II apartments have cameras up! The Galini apartments have a security guard and our apartments had the watchful eye of the Greek owner until we got in at night. To be honest though, I wouldn’t say Malia is the place to go if you’re looking to find the love of your life, most yo
                        ung people go there to see how many people they can sleep with. Malia is wild and fun, but not the place to go if you’re shy. ~*~COMMENTS ABOUT MALIA~*~ Overall I had a great time in Malia. Prices weren’t too bad, they were a lot like home. One drink I missed was, Taboo! Nowhere in Malia sells Taboo! The free drinks are an added bonus, but they’re not particularly strong, the alcohol is quite weak, and I think a lot of it is watered down. The music in Malia is pretty much like the clubs at home. One thing that we didn’t find quite bad, was the Greek men. We were followed by Greek men on more than one occasion, and when you’re walking down a quiet road it can be quite daunting. In the period of 2 weeks we also saw 3 Greek men masturbating in public, one was doing it in the van as he followed us down the road. We were also approached by Greeks on scooters and in cars. Towards the end of our holiday we had a bit of a problem in our apartment. I walked into the apartment alone (you had to walk up a flight of stairs to get to ours) and there was someone lurking in the bushes beside the stairs to our apartment. I was really scared so I locked myself in until I heard people downstairs and then banged on the floor until someone came up and had a look round for me. It was quite scary knowing there was someone so close like that. There were people about quite a bit like that, the often set the dogs off barking, we were also staying next to someone’s home. They were often sat outside cleaning guns on the table. If I go back to Malia then I would probably stay smack bang in the centre of the town. I don’t think I would like to stay that far out again. Overall I really enjoyed Malia, and I would love to go back at some point. It’s crazy and a great place to go. There are also loads of jobs available if you get out there and feel like staying, I was so tempted to do that! If you go t
                        o Malia make sure you take plenty of money, there a loads of little shops that you can buy gifts and cheap bits of tack that you can waste your money on. I would also suggest you taking your bank card or credit card, there are plenty of cash points in Greece and it can be a lifesaver. Anyway, hope that gives you a bit of information about Malia. Thanks for the Read Cat x

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                        Malia is the name given now to an ancient city on the island of Crete. The original name for the city is not known. Malia was located on the north coast of the island in a fertile plain. The city ruins now lie about two miles east of the tourist resort of Malia. Malia is now a very popular tourist location. With lots of bars and clubs it is especially popular with young people.

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