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Potamos Beach of Malia

Fantastic sandy Potamos beach east of Malia. The formerly ‘Tropical Beach’ is close to the Palace of Malia and can be reached by bus, bike, car or even by foot.

Potamos Beach Malia
Potamos Beach (formerly Tropical Beach) of Malia.

The Potamos Beach (ex ‘Tropical Beach’) of Malia is a wonderful sandy beach, which lies east of the built-up area near the Palace of Malia.

Tropical Beach of Malia

One can easily reach the Tropical Beach by bus from Malia. This is the same direction as to the palace ruins.
Behind the beach is an access road with parking on the side. At the eastern end behind the beach, parking is also possible on a site.
Per scooter, quad bike or car hire, the Tropical Beach Malia is easy to reach.
On foot, it is only a good 45 minutes out of the center of Malia, but this is not recommended for hot sunny days in the long run absolutely.

At the western and eastern end of the beach there are also taverns at the access road. A little further east towards Malia are the first hotels, but at Tropical Beach and in the area of the excavated palaces there are no building complexes.

Currently, the daily rent (2016) for a sun bed at the Tropical Beach Malia is 3 Euros. But there is also the possibility to buy Beach Towels and simple umbrellas in various supermarkets and tourist shops in Malia.
The beach is hardly crowded, except on boiling days.

It should not be swum across the red buoys, as there are on the open sea dangerous currents and maelstroms. Also, in a north-west wind of more than 12 miles (c.20 km) p.h. expect higher waves, when much more than a cooling in shallow, beach-water is hardly possible.

You could check the weather forecast for Malia here.


Video from the air and from the ground: Potamos Beach of Malia


Sand dunes

The sand dunes at the Tropical Beach of Malia are formed as a result of maritime progress like waves on one hand, and as a result of erosion of sea sediments, rivers and streams on the other hand.
The effect of the wind as well as the presence of anemophilous vegetation is crucial for the formation and deformation of sand dunes.

sand dunes at the Tropical beach
The fence protecting the sand dunes at the Tropical beach.

Plants contribute to the accumulation of sand, thus playing a significant role in the creation of the sand dune. This vegetation usually has an extensive root system, which protects the dunes from erosion of the wind and sea. In less shaped dunes’ vegetation is sparse, while in stabilized dunes spiny vegetation gives way to more dense clusters of herbaceous vegetation.

Activities that affect sand dunes:

  • road constructions,
  • creation of tourism infrastructures,
  • mechanical sand cleaning,
  • sea-shore arrangement works,
  • adjusting and rearranging the flow of streams and rivers,
  • sand extraction,
  • littering,
  • Camping,
  • trembling and stepping on the sand dunes,
  • Off-road driving and car parking,
  • the planting of trees.

Some areas at the Tropical beach of Malia are fenced to prevent the sand dunes from being trampled and stepped on and to prevent the destruction of the anemophilous vegetation.

Hotels in and around Malia

Overview of currently available hotels in and around Malia at the best price!

Sunset over the Tropical Beach
Sunset over the Tropical Beach

Directions to the Tropical Beach of Malia

Link to map with directions:
Click here: Directions Tropical Beach of Malia.

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