Malia is the most touristic resort of Crete, located 35km east of Heraklion. It is famous for its wild nightlife and the third largest Minoan palace in Crete. Malia could not get developed without its beaches. The beach of Malia is the eastern part of the vast beach (6km length) starting from Stalis (or Stalida). It is a wide beach with fine sand and shallow waters.
The main beach of Malia is located in front of the town and is flooded by thousands of people. Thus, those who cannot stand the crowds and congestion prefer to go to the sandy beach located east of the port of Malia, very close to the site of the palace of Malia. The beach is known as Potamos (i.e. River), because a small stream flows in its east part, next to the wetland of Malia.
Stalis (or Stalida) is located 30km east of Heraklion, in the midway of Malia and Hersonisos. From a small seaside village set up by the residents of Mohos, Stalis is today a popular tourist resort.