Stalis is a resort at the eastern limits of Heraklion Prefecture, 32 km from the airport and 33 km from Heraklion port.
Unlike the neighbouring resorts of Hersonissos and Malia, Stalis is ideal for family seaside holidays. Stalis beach is a large, organised sandy beach lined with lots of tavernas and cafes.
In the centre of Stalida you’ll find all you need for shopping and fun. Car hire bureaux offer safe, reasonably-priced cars for you to travel further afield and explore the beauties of Crete. If you prefer the convenience of organised tours, you can choose the best for you from the local travel agents.
From Stalis it’s easy to visit Heraklion with its famous Archaeological Museum and the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Also, in nearby Malia is the Minoan Palace of Malia, the third most important Minoan palace in Crete.
Malia is worth a visit for the picturesque alleys in the old quarter. Here you’ll find tavernas in which to try Cretan delicacies, while those who would rather party with their friends can enjoy the hopping nightlife in the dozens of bars in Malia and Hersonissos.
Lovers of traditional life and architecture will discover images of Cretan life in the villages of Mohos and Krasi and the Lassithi Plateau. If you visit the Lassithi Plateau, don’t miss Kera Monastery with its wonderful wall paintings.
Another idea for a day trip from Stalis is the town of Agios Nikolaos with its mysterious lake. It’s just half an hour’s drive from Stalis and from there you can continue on to Elounda, the classy resort patronised by prime ministers, famous artists and Arab princes. From Agios Nikolaos there are also boats to the islet of Spinalonga with its Venetian fortress, a leper colony until 50 years ago.
Whatever your interests, remember that Stalis is ideally situated at the centre of the north coast of Crete, within easy reach of most of the island’s attractions and its best beaches.
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