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A few kilometers from Hersonissos and 33 km from Heraklion lies the seaside town of Stalida. Stalida (meaning a break for a rest .. how appropriate!) is a tourist resort whose boundaries merge with those of the two noisier ones of Hersonissos and Malia. 

With its huge strand (2 km in length) of sand, clear waters and rocky formations at the edges, it is yet again open to the strong northerlies that can kick up strong waves. There is also a stand of the native Theophrastus palms here.

Well-organized, it has umbrellas, sunbeds and many sorts of water-sports and a beach volley-ball court. Above the beach, and on every side, are plenty of large hotel complexes of all grades, apartments and rooms to rent, tavernas, restaurants, cafeterias, bars and beach-bars and a host of other shops for all the needs a visitor might think about.

After Stalida is the major tourist centre of Malia – especially popular with the young (say no more!) and largely foreign tourists.  One of its best beaches is called Potamos.

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Additional Info

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

    There are sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, locker rooms, and many water sports. For bathers' protection there is a lifeguard on the beach.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Chersonisos - Avdou - Oropedio Lasithiou - Vrachasi

Distances: 33 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: To visit follow the old National Road of Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos, until you reach the sign that bids you turn left to Stalida. After 500 m or so you will reach the beach.
By bus: There is a daily, regular bus service from Heraklion to Stalida. The bus does not enter the village, but lets passengers off on the national road: thence it is 500 m north to the beach.

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