This is a busy seaside resort half an hours drive from the airport on the North East coast with many tavernas, bars, discotheques, supermarkets and all amenities. It has good sandy beaches but is very busy and noisy in the summer season. During the winter it is a lively Cretan village once again. The old town of Malia is away from the tourists and retains its Cretan atmosphere and is inhabited by locals. Remarkable history and archaeological sites ranging from the superb Minoan mansion that survived from the Minoan city and the Palace of Malia which is the third largest Minoan Palace of Greece for people interested in the Cretan past.