You won’t need to look hard to find the party in Malia, 34km east of Iraklio. The party will find you. The main strip, Dimokratias, is chock-a-block with boisterous bars, pubs and high-energy clubs filled with carousing package tourists. For more charm and a quieter ambience, head to Old Town Malia with its classic maze of narrow lanes. Outside of town, the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Malia are among the area's more cerebral attractions. There's also a lovely and less crowded beach near the palace.
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