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There's no doubt that Greek Island getaways are something special, and a Stalis package holiday with Direct Holidays will certainly be one to remember! The lively resort town of Stalis can be found on the north coast of Crete, the oldest and largest island in Greece.
Stalis has blossomed into a popular hotspot over the years, along with its neighbours Hersonissos and Malia. Together, the three towns make one long strip of beaches, hotels and eateries. While Hersonissos and Malia are notorious for their nightlife, Stalis is more suited to families or those looking for a relaxing break.
While Stalis can be all about lazy days under a parasol on the sand, there is also plenty to be seen. There are local tavernas to try, shops to browse and day trips out to the towns of Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda and the capital of Heraklion.
For a big night out, you definitely have to visit Malia. Walk along the beach or take the coastal road from Stalis and you'll come across streets overflowing with bars and clubs that are packed with people from sunset to sunrise. By day however, Malia is totally different - the Old Town's cobbled streets are lined with bright bougainvilleas, locals dancing to live Greek music, and quaint restaurants serving up delicious fresh seafood. Of course, there are beautiful sandy beaches, as well as the archaeological sites of the Minoan Palace, and even a kids waterpark and mini-golf course.
The capital of Crete is an architectural treasure, preserving a mix of 3000-year old Minoan ruins, Byzantine churches and 15th century Venetian fortresses. The Palace of Knossos is one of the biggest tourist sites; according to legend, Knossos was where the terrible Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull creature, lived in a winding Labyrinth. Myths aside, Heraklion also has several interesting museums scattered across town, in particular the Archaeological Museum and CretAquarium Thalassocosmos are worth a visit with the family.
Walk to Mohos
There is an old hidden footpath leading up to the picturesque village of Mohos. Nestled in amongst the mountains, Mohos offers up panoramic views spanning across the Sea of Crete, Stalis and Malia. Ask a local to point out the 'Bulgarian Path', named after the Bulgarian POWs who built the trail in WWI. Krasi is another pretty town, just a few kilometres behind Mohos, you'll also pass through the Avdou valley with its traditional Cretan houses.
Visit the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
For an educational day out, try the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, just in the next town of Hersonissos. The museum holds a collection of artefacts and information on Cretan traditions and culture. This large museum holds local farmhouses, wine and olive presses, gardens, an art gallery, distillery and ceramic workshops. It's an interactive way for kids to understand the history behind their holiday.
The Anastasia Hotel is geared towards family holidays, with on-site facilities including mini-golf, mini-badminton, video games, karaoke, basketball and table football. Watersports are also available on the beach. Parents will love the two swimming pools and surrounding sun terraces, as well as the pool and snack bar. There is also hotel-run evening entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
Right in the heart of the town is Matamy Beach, a modern apartment complex with the sand on your doorstep and brilliant blue ocean views from the terrace. Enjoy a peaceful breakfast along the seafront, or lie back on a sunbed by the pool. The hotel is perfectly positioned just 80m to the beach and 50m to the main strip of shops, restaurants and bars.