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Malia September 3 Days

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Malia September 3 Days

Hi

We are visiting Malia for 3 nights starting 8th of September. The nights are sorted, we will hop around the bars and clubs. Please help with where all we can go during the days. We will have 2 full days and would like to explore in a car.

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1. Re: Malia September 3 Days

Hello there

Perhaps you could let us know your interests, do you enjoy historical sites, beaches, boat trips, , Greek villages, water parks ? the more information you give us the better tailored our responses will be to your needs :-) otherwise you are going to get numerous posts of suggested places to visit that you may not be interested in, and will make you feel totally swamped with suggestions

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2. Re: Malia September 3 Days

Hi

We would prefer beaches, boat trips, trips to Greek villages, road trips with scenery . We are not into historical sights. Thank you for your revert.

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3. Re: Malia September 3 Days

Hello again

Ok here are my suggestions of trips from Malia that you may enjoy...

Beaches: Some of the best beaches I think are in and around Agios Nikolaos, so a 30 mins from Malia is the stunning beach of Almyros and then another 5/10 mins drive is the famous Voulisma beach...here are some links for info

https:/…almiros-beach-agios-nikolaos

https:/…voulisma-beach

If in this area of Crete then you may enjoy a drink or lunch at the lovely village taverna of Stavrakakis in the village of Exo Lakkonia around a 10min drive from Almyros beach.

For a lovely drive you could drive up to the villages on the Lasithi Plateau, my favourite route is via the traditional town of Neapolis and then you can return via the road that leads back into Malia old town.

https:/…neapolis-town

explorecrete.com/crete-east/lassithi-plateau…

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Rev…

During your visit to the Lasithi Plateau you could also visit the Dikteon caves too, but do wear decent shoes as the paths and steps are slippery once in the caves

explorecrete.com/archaeology/dikteon-andron-…

You may also enjoy a trip to Chrissi island too, you would need to drive to Ierapetra where you can pick up one of many boat trips....from Malia it’s just over an hours drive

cretandailycruises.com/explorecruises/chriss…

Spinalonga Island : A boatrip and history too, so you may not be interest...but here is some info just in case .....I would suggest you drive to the small village of Plaka around 30 mins from Malia, from here you can get one of the small boats across to the island a short 10 min boat trip and costs 8 euros return. Here is a link giving you lots of info on Spinalonga, we usually stay for around 1-1.5 hours on the island, and then return to Plaka for a swim and perhaps lunch in one of the tavernas overlooking the island, do take water and a hat as it’s gets very hot wandering around the island

bbc.com/travel/story/20170921-the-abandoned-…

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4. Re: Malia September 3 Days

Thank you so much for such a detailed revert. Let me do my research on this and come back. :)

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For the Lassithi Plateau I would head out of Malia and straight up towards the plateau. The road climbs higher and higher with the most amazing views. You will come to Kera where there are a couple of lovely tavernas with great views as well as some little craft shops. The road then keeps climbing until the plateau opens up below you. When you reach the plateau turn right and follow the circular road anti-clockwise round the plateau and you will come to the village of Psychro where on the outskirts of the village you can park up and walk up to the Dikteon Cave. After the cave head back down to the road and carry on driving through lovely pretty villages (with slight detours as well) and you will also come to a small eco-village where you can see ,local crafts being made. Then carry on and complete the full circle and leave the way you came. On the way back down you will come to an interesting Moni near Kera. Then take a short detour to Krasi with it's famous springs and huge old tree (which about 18 people can link hands to surround the trunk). Then instead of heading straight back to Malia take the road that leads to the lovely town of Mohos (Mochos) with it's lovely square that is just perfect to sit and watch the world go by. There is also a warren of streets behind the square which are great to wander round and also some lovely pretty churches in the town. Then head to the National Highway and back to Malia.

For an idea here are some photos and I'll add a map/route later https://www.flickr.com/gp/goanjock/963M9N

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Another idea for a road trip from Malia would be to head to the lovely beach of Potamos just a couple of Km's east of Malia (or end the day there chilling on the beach). I know you said you weren't interested in history but just past the beach is Malia Palace (I mention this so that you know the route and it will give you a reference point although of course you could spend a short time wandering around if you so wished). When you pass Malia Palace carry on to the top of the road and then turn left. Before you reach the national highway turn left again signed Sissi/Milatos. Then take your second left and drive in to Sissi and perhaps enjoy a cold drink or coffee etc sat by the pretty harbour again just chilling and watching the world go by. Then leave via the same road you came in but after a Km or so (probably less) turn left signed Milatos and drive through Pano Sissi and on to Milatos. There is a fairly modern area down by the sea but also the traditional village of Milatos which is another lovely village. Then drive up the hill behind Milatos following the signs to the Milatos Cave and take the very short walk to the cave with great scenery down to the coast and across to the Selinari Gorge (look out for Griffon Vultures flying high in the sky).

Then carry on up the hill to the tiny village of Kounali (there is also a small abandoned part of the village just a couple of minutes walk away from the Taverna) where there is a great family run taverna.

From there take the back roads to another great village called Vrahassi which again is in a fabulous setting, has a couple of tavernas, lovely narrow streets to explore as well as a traditional Cretan house that you can visit.

Then head down to the National Highway. From there head east towards Agios Nikolaos but cut off just before you reach it and head to another fantastic town called Kritsa which is just great to explore. I know you said you don't like history but bear with me on this one :-). Just as you reach the village turn right and follow the road to the ancient site of Lato which is in just a fantastic location and if you scramble up near the top of the ruins you also get an amazing view back down to the coast. Even if you don't like history I think you would enjoy a visit to Lato (and you would only be five minutes away anyway) and it is normally very quiet as well.

Kritsa is a great village to explore with a lovely atmosphere and character. If you have time (you might not ) you could then drive through the village and take the drive up to the Katharo Plateau which is another amazing drive and reaching the plateau another real WOW moment.

Then head back down then on to the national highway and back to base.

For an idea here are a few snaps...............

Milatos https://www.flickr.com/gp/goanjock/8DMYwF

Vrahassi https://flic.kr/s/aHsjH94rif

Kounali https://flic.kr/s/aHsk78DSJA

Kritsa and Lato https://flic.kr/s/aHskeXxzXo

Katharo https://flic.kr/s/aHskPL6ouX

Again I will try and add a route/map later to give you an idea of distance etc

Surrey, United...
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7. Re: Malia September 3 Days

You are most welcome ..pleased I could help.

Just a couple of add ons to the above posts a slight word of warning regards the lovely beach at Potamos, just keep away from the rocks at the edges of the beach as these often have sea urchins ..so do just be aware, yes we enjoy Krista too and have many friends who live in the village, but its now a popular tourist destination and does tend to attract quite a few coach trips, so I suggest an early or later visit when most of the coaches have left and the village returns to its usual quiet.

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8. Re: Malia September 3 Days

For more on Kritsa there is a great blog (and details of a great novel as well) on this link https:/…

Also a bit of advice for anyone who does visit with a car and a coach tour or the Happy Train from Ag Nik is in the village (it is such a gorgeous village that it is included on some tour itineraries) then just head to Lato and by the time you get back the coach of Happy Train will have moved on or take the drive up the Katharo Plateau and explore the village on the way back when the again the coaches will have moved on.

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9. Re: Malia September 3 Days

As promised here is the route/map to go with post 5 https://tinyurl.com/yanelyyd

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10. Re: Malia September 3 Days

and here's the route to go with post 6 :-) https://tinyurl.com/y8xunuuq

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