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Beach bunnies, sun seekers, party people, fun loving families and romantic couples will all find something to keep them occupied in Stalis, one of the best loved beach resorts on the beautiful Greek island of Crete. Flanked with mountains and blessed with warm sunny weather for much of the year, Stalis is a wonderful spot for anyone looking to take some time to explore the great outdoors and the pleasantly warm spring and autumn months are ideal for mountain walks and site seeing trips.
The resort is a perfect spot for sun lovers looking to spend some time simply soaking up the warm rays and taking the occasional dip into the clear Mediterranean waters, but it also offers a wealth of attractions and activities for those who wish to keep busy during their holidays. Watersports and other white-knuckle thrills can easily be arranged by holidaymakers coming to stunning Stalis, whilst the resort's many restaurants and bars mean that there's always an opportunity for a cooling cocktail and a tasty bite to eat.
The crowning glory of this beautiful beach resort has to be the long soft sand beach itself, which is suitable for swimming - perfect for sun baked holidaymakers looking to cool down during the heat of summer. The beach is also a favourite haunt amongst thrill-seekers heading to Crete - here, adventurous types can try their hand at diving, jet skiing and other such adrenaline pumping activities. There's plenty of family fun to be had, too, with banana boats and snorkelling, all popular activities with family members of (almost) all ages.
The long sandy beach is lined with bars and restaurants, serving everything from traditional local dishes to international favourites such as Italian pizza and pasta as well as Spanish tapas. Homesick Brits abroad can even take refuge in traditional British style pubs offering familiar forms of entertainment such as karaoke, bingo and darts, whilst a steady flow of Irish settlers to the area means there's no shortage of places to enjoy a pint of Guiness. Those looking for a more typically Greek experience should make a beeline for the many cosy tavernas. Order an ouzo (the local firewater) as you peruse the menu and don't be surprised if local music and dance forms part of the evening's entertainment.
Whatever your budget and taste in food, there's no chance of going hungry during a break in Stalis. For a quick on-the-go snack, try a cheap but tasty Spanikopita - flaky pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach. For more filling fare, diners can find Indian and Chinese restaurants side by side with burger joints, Italian restaurants and traditional Greek tavernas. In short, it's perfectly possible to sample food from all four corners of the world without even leaving the town.
The main concentration of bars and restaurants in Stalis can be found along the beach and most restaurants will start to fill up around 8pm. The bars take a little longer to get going, generally filling up around 11pm and staying open until the wee small hours. There are a handful of popular nightclubs in Stalis, playing popular chart and dance music to a lively crowd of holidaymakers.
Brits who have overdone it on the cocktails the night before will find that many of the traditional style pubs offer full English breakfasts, designed to undo some of the previous night's damage and ease holidaymakers into another day and night in Stalis.
But far from being the sole preserve of rowdy types, Stalis has plenty to offer those looking for something a little more laid back. The surrounding waters are crystal clear and studded with islands, many of which can be reached by organised boat trip from Stalis. Fishing trips are also popular and self-caterers may even be able to catch their own supper.
Nearby, the Star Beach Water Park is a favourite spot for families and fun-loving types, with a range of water-based rides and activities. Those with a head for heights and a strong constitution can even take a leap from the park's famous bungee tower.
Holidaymakers in Stalis are also within easy reach of many other Crete attractions and can take the aptly-named 'Happy Train' that rolls along beautiful coastline to Hersonnissos and Malia. It is also possible to take public buses or organised trips to Knossos, home to an awe-inspiring Minoan settlement and to Heraklion, with its famous archeological museum.
With its international airport, Heraklion is the point of entry for most foreign visitors to Stalis and is within easy reach by coach or hire car. Regular charter flights run from major UK airports to Heraklion, with the flight taking just four hours for most direct flight