Cheap Stalis Holidays
Also known as Stalida, Stalis is bordered by Malia on one side and Hersonissos on the other, forming a large resort area with tons of facilities, attractions and beaches to choose from. A little more relaxed and sophisticated than its lively neighbours, Stalis is a great place if you’re looking for that laidback summer holiday feel but with the option to get your groove on too. The well preserved Venetian buildings, fun activites and long sandy beach all combine to make Stalis holidays great for all ages.
Stalis is blessed with a typical Mediterranean climate, which means long, hot and dry summers and average temperatures of around 26˚C. There’s plenty of reliable sunshine throughout the year, with little rainfall in the high season.
Stalis is located just less than 20 miles along the coast from the island’s capital, Heraklion, where you’ll find the biggest international airport. There is another at Chania, although this is a couple of hours away.
Book a cheap holiday to Stalis and mingle with the jet setters that come here to soak up the upmarket atmosphere and kick back on the golden sand.
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Nestled in the heart of some of Crete’s top holiday resorts, in Stalis you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. There are loads of fun family facilities all around you but it’s a more relaxed kind of vibe than in some of the neighbouring resorts. Day trip out to waterparks and nearby old towns or simply hit the beach and soak up the sun, sea and splendid views of the bay.
Big kids and little kids will all love the chance to get wet and have some fun at a choice of waterparks in the surrounding area. Watercity is one of the biggest parks in Crete, full of big slides and white knuckle rides, and there’s even a wave machine. Fly down the Crazy River or disappear into the Black Hole at Acquaplus, another of the island’s top wet and wild destinations.
Explore the picture book harbour and winding Renaissance streets of Rethymnon, just a 90 minute bus ride away. Visit the markets and boutiques of Heraklion in search of a bargain before eating out in one of the town’s big choice of local tavernas. Even nearby Malia, more famous for its superstar DJs and legendary nightspots, has an old town that’s brimming with Cretan culture during the day.
When you’re in Stalis, it’s hard to look past the beach as the best place to go during the day. This long stretch of golden sand curves its way around the bay to Malia, with deep blue waters and a choice of private beach areas where you can relax under a shady umbrella. Very family friendly with little current and no real waves to speak of, you and the whole family will love spending long lazy days relaxing and strolling the café lined promenade.
Beach bums: Starting in Stalis and stretching for miles towards Malia, the beach is very much the star attraction. The gentle sloping sands at the Stalis end are great for families and have a more relaxed atmosphere.
Evenings out: Stalis might be calmer and more tranquil but nearby Malia is within easy reach. It offers some of the Mediterranean’s best nightlife and club nights if you’re bringing your dancing shoes.
Exploring the island: Stalis’ excellent location means you’ll be well placed to explore some of the island’s other treats. Historic Hersonissos is next door and the main town of Heraklion is under half an hour away.
Language: Greek is the official language in Stalis but thanks to the big tourism industry English is also widely spoken.
Currency: The currency in Greece is the Euro (€).
Local time: Stalis is two hours ahead of GMT in the UK.
Fly to: Heraklion International is under half an hour away and is Crete’s biggest airport. You can also fly to Chania, further along the north coast.
Flight time from UK: Just over three hours from most airports.
Tourist Information: Further Stalis tourist information can be found at http://www.explorecrete.com/crete-east/stalis-stalida.html.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements for further information and advice on visas and health for all Crete holidays.
Temperature: Warm and mild all year round, with long dry summers and plenty of reliable sunshine.
Best time to visit Stalis: You can enjoy All Inclusive holiday deals to Stalis from the early spring onwards, with temperatures usually warming up in early April and staying there until October. The warmest months are July and August when you can expect the thermometer to be pushing 30 most days. The cooling waters of the Aegean and breeze coming in off the sea mean that you won’t get too hot during your holiday.
By taxi: Being in a major tourist area, you won’t have to look long for a cab. They’re usually well priced, drivers are friendly and most can speak a little English which definitely helps.
By hire car: Stalis is perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of northern Crete but a hire car will help you to get away from the crowds and enjoy the good roads and secluded spots on the island.
By bus: Located between two of Crete’s most popular resorts, buses are regular and usually air-conditioned. From Stalis you can get easily to the island’s major towns and airports.
By boat: Small pleasure boats are easy to come by and Crete’s major ferry lines run out of nearby Heraklion. From here you can access other islands and some smaller ports down the Cretan coast.
For foodies: With everything from traditional dishes to fry ups, and even Mexican food, there’s a huge choice of tasty treats available in Stalis.
For cultural highlights: During the summer months a number of the local towns host Greek cultural festivals with exhibitions of music, dancing and theatre. Ask on arrival and there’s sure to be something happening.
For Greek evenings: Drink in a little of the local atmosphere at Greek nights in nearby Mochos. Sample local specialities and wine, swig the local tipple Raki and watch the traditional dancing in the square.