Potamos (Malia)

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Mallia lies 37 km east of Heraklion and is a popular destination, with an excellent infrastructure and ‘vibrant’ nightlife. It has several beaches.

Those who prefer to avoid/escape the crowds that the main beach at Malia attracts choose that of Potamos to the east: it is named after a small river that flows there forming a wetland of great importance. It is some 700 m long: with sand, blue crystalline waters, some rocky outcrops at the edges and a few tamarisks around. 

If you go at the start of autumn, you will chance upon the white sea-lilies that grow in the sand: the heralds of autumn.

Potamos is well organized – as indeed is the main beach too: you will find sunbeds, umbrellas, toilets, showers and plenty of water-sports. Because of its northern exposure, the beach is affected by the strong winds from the north. A lifeguard is present to watch over the well-being of the swimmers.

If in Malia, do visit the archaeological site of the Minoan palace and its town, which is close to the eat end of the Potamos beach: its presence dictates that the hotels and similar touristic developments are restricted to the western end of the beach.

Here there is s small space for mooring fishing smacks and small private crafts.

In Malia, on the other hand, you will find large hotel complexes, hotels of as many stars as you can afford, rentable rooms and apartments, tavernas, restaurants, cafeterias, bars and a huge range of shops for all your holiday needs.

  • Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
  • History, Culture
  • What to do (Activities)
  • What to see (Culture, Nature)

Additional Info

  • location Malia, Hersonissos, Heraklio
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities

    There are sun loungers and parasols, and a variety of water sports.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Chersonisos - Avdou - Oropedio Lasithiou - Vrachasi

Distances: 37 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: To visit take either the old or the new National Roads from Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos, following the signs to Malia. Once you arrive in Malia, turn left off the main road and follow the signs to the coast and then east to the archaeological site of Malia. The Potamos beach is very close to the west side of the archaeological site.
By bus: There is a daily, regular bus service from Heraklion to Malia. Some buses, en route to the east on the national Highway, will not drop you off at the beach, but on the main road some 1 km east of the village of Malia. From there you must continue on foot to the archaeological site and then the beach. Other local buses from Heraklion do go to the archaeological site and the beach (but enquire carefully about these: they tend to be slower).

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