Stalis - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Stalis

General facts

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Located at the upper corner northern coast of Crete, Stalis is a quiet village characterized by sandy beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. The town, also known as Stalida, lies between the resorts Malia and Hersonissos and has about 1,000 residents. Best time to travel There is a long summer in Stalis from April to October when temperatures range from warm to hot. Summer is therefore the most vibrant season with many visitors coming here to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. Temperatures usually reach their peak in July. The average maximum of this month is 89°F. In winter, visitors can expect mild weather and occasional rain. From December to February temperature may fall to 57°F.

Language

Crete is the second largest island of Greece. Therefore, the most common language spoken in Stalis is Greek. However, English is also popular among the people and visitors. Nowadays, there is an obvious western influence in Greece. The other common languages that are spoken in this town include Italian, French and German. This can be attributed to the very high European traffic to this popular tourist destination.

Country and People

Country and People

History

Stalis, also known as Stalida, is located on the island of Crete whose history reaches back to antiquity. The location itself, however, did not stand alone as a village until the tourism boom in the early 1980s. The people of Mohos used the village as a beach area until it gained its autonomy to become a fully-fledged tourist destination. Mohos is a small town on the Lassithi plateau that has not been affected by tourism in the same extent as Malia or Hersonissos. There is a traditional Cretan night at Mohos once a week during the summer.

Landscape

Stalis is renowned for long sandy beaches and the nearby sea. A rocky coast separates the Stalis beach in two halves. The Mediterranean Sea allows lush vegetation to grow and the landscape surrounding the village is also characterized by some mountainous regions. In addition, the development of resorts and hotels has created a new seaside promenade with a panoramic view of the seashore. The three miles long coastal road connects the town Stalis to the neighboring resort of Malia.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

International travelers usually arrive on Crete at the Heraklion International Airport. From the Heraklion International Airport, it is less than 20 miles to Stalis. There are local buses available at the airport. The company KTEL offers transfer to Heraklion and from Heraklion there are buses to most regions on Crete. Visitors, who prefer to take a taxi from the airport, pay about €35 for a trip to Stalis. It is pivotal to negotiate the price before taking the taxi.

By bus

Stalis is well-connected to other towns in the region via KTEL bus services. For example, there is a regular bus to Hersonissos. However, it is crucial to look at the bus timetable in advance because they do not run very frequently. There is also a local mini train to the neighboring town of Malia. Both Hersonissos and Malia also offer public transport to numerous locations on Crete.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

Stalis is conveniently located in the center of Greece. Tourists can easily make excursions to many archeological sites and islands nearby. The city of Heraklion is a popular destination. As the biggest city on Crete, Heraklion is home to several interesting locations such as the Heraklion Archeological Museum or the Manos Hatzidakis open air theater. The Palace of Knossos, another attraction, is close to the city. The Palace of Knossos is the setting of many famous Greek myths and was the cultural center of the ancient Minoan civilization. In the proximity of Stalis, there are scenic villages in the Dikti Mountains including Krassi, the home of the local spirit Raki.

Food

The gastronomy in Stalis is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean food culture. Grilled meat is especially a popular dish together with Greek courgettes and roast potato dishes. Olive oil and cheese are important ingredients of many dishes. Mediterranean cuisine is served by numerous taverns and restaurants in the town. Cretan wine is a special drink that does not resemble wine from continental Europe. The most popular spirit, however is Tsikoudia. Also known as Raki, Tsikoudia is made from pomace and tastes sweeter than Greek Ouzo.

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